The flower pictures below run the gamut in terms of plant type. As you browse my list, you'll find differences in texture, the part of the plant providing the color, and the season during which the plant achieves the height of its color display.
In this list of flowers, there are examples of annuals and perennials, trees, shrubs and vines. Besides blooms, colorful foliage, seeds and berries are represented. Floral and foliar textures range from coarse to fine. There are examples of spring,... summer and fall standouts in these photos, as well as flower pictures of wildflowers, tropical flowers and potted plants.
Use my list of flowers and the accompanying images to plot a new color course for your own landscaping.
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When planting flowers, some color schemes work better than others for a particular bed, depending upon what you hope to achieve. Cool colors such as blue (see below under "Blue Flowers") make the most sense in an area where you're looking to induce reflection (e.g., a meditation garden). If, instead, you wish to attract attention to an area (e.g., a walkway that visitors seem to have trouble finding), then red is an excellent choice.
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How we use color in a garden can influence our moods when we gaze upon that space in our yards. Blue is considered a "cool color": it relaxes us. Considering how important our yards can be to us as retreats in which to unwind and relax, this fact alone would make blue blossoms much sought-after. Of course, our fondness for blue goes beyond its soothing affect. For many of us, blue is simply a favorite color. Truly blue blossoms are also relatively rare; and, as is so often the case in... human life, we tend to place higher value on that which is more difficult to find.
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Most floral colors do have some sort of fan base. There are gardeners, for example, who love yellows, reds and oranges for their ability to light up an otherwise drab area of the yard with vibrant color. For others, looking for more subdued colors, soft pink or lavender may be favorites.
But purple blossoms, along with blue ones (for pictures of blue flowers, see above) seem to be in a league of their own when it comes to eliciting oohs and ahs from gardeners. Remember, purple was traditionally... the color of royalty! Purple is also considered one of the cool colors that help relax us. My purple flower pictures will help you choose from among the number of plants that bear blooms of this regal, soothing color.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Do green thumbs grow black plants? You bet they do! Many long-time gardeners seek so-called "black" plants for the novelty of it. Others, who love to play with colors to achieve interesting designs, appreciate the exciting contrasts that are possible with black plants. Imagine, for example, a spring planting bed featuring tulip plants with red, yellow and black blossoms! Still others attribute their fascination with this color to their interest in symbolism (see What Black Roses Mean).
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Like the Swiss, white is neutral. Why is that significant? Well, it means you can use it to transition between plants of stronger colors. You don't have to worry that white blossoms will clash with blooms of other colors. Besides, think of all the design possibilities (e.g., a black and white theme), including their use in moon gardens, i.e., gardens designed for nighttime viewing.
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You've probably heard the saying, "All that glitters is not gold." It's true: some of it is silver! Just as shrubs like Gold Mops add much to a landscape with their golden foliage, so the smaller plants with silver foliage that I feature in these photos will please the eye month after month.
Plants grown mainly for their foliage are "there for you," whether their leaves be silver, gold, green or variegated. Blooms are often ephemeral, but you can count on foliage plants (so...me year-round, others for extended periods of time, at least). Think stable, think rock solid, think dependable friend. View these pictures of plants with silver leaves for ideas.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Like "lilac," the word "lavender" doubles as a reference to not only a color, but also a plant. I include photos of both these plants (and many more) in my lavender flower pictures. Of all the plants included in my gallery, the earliest you're likely to see blooming (if you garden in northerly climes) are the crocus, Pasqueflower (photo) and creeping phlox.
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Browse my pink flower pictures for help with your plant selection. As in the above photo galleries, my examples of plants with pink blooms run the gamut, from taller specimens (trees and shrubs) to shorter (vines) and from perennials to annuals.
Pink blossoms can share with red ones a bit of the latter's "notice me" quality yet often remain more subdued. Not all pinks are created equal. Light pink blossoms can approach a whitish color and function as a neutral, in a pinch. A deep pink... color, meanwhile, attracts more attention (planted in masses, they argue their case for focal point status).