Harmony occurs when smaller parts come together to form a pleasing and consistent whole i.e. when there is order to the components that the brain enjoys. This often refers to sounds in the form of music or colours in the form of patterns.
Harmony is something very important when you are creating a garden. You look for harmony not only of the plant colours, but of the shapes and forms of the plants too.
There are different ways to choose plant colours; some people like vibrant colour combinations, whereas others go for more restful plant colours.
The colour wheel can be useful when thinking about harmony of plant colours. Colours next to each other are more calm whereas those opposite each other are more vibrant.
This plant is a purple blue colour with wonderful but small splashes of yellow and white. Purple and yellow are opposite each other and so this produces a vibrant colour combination.
Yellow and blue/purple is a combination I particularly like in my own garden.
There is a lot of theory written about how you can combine colours from the colour wheel, but often it depends on the shade of the colour and whether there is a third or forth colour involved. To add to the confusion plant colours are not always the same as those on the label and certainly they don’t always reproduce well on a computer monitor!
So at the end of the day you have to try it and see, keep what you like and change what you don’t!
Here are some more combinations that I have enjoyed. I hope you find them harmonious too.
Do you have any favourite colour combinations for your garden?