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A nice question. On the one hand we say: no, you don’t have to take anything into account because in nature all flower colors also fit together. On the other hand, we know that every gardener has his own taste. And therefore also which flower colors are favorite or are experienced as ugly.


You can do most of the work on your gut feeling, often it will work itself out. But maybe, if you delve into color theory and the color wheel, you’ll get to your favorite ending a little faster.


The color wheel consists of twelve colors, six of which are warm colors and six cold colors. Warm colors range from red and gold to orange and remind us of warm elements such as the sun or fire. Cold colors like blue, green and magenta are the tones of winter and night and they remind us of cool things like water or grass.

The principle of the color wheel consists of the three primary colors: red, blue and yellow. When these colors are mixed, the secondary colors are created: orange, purple and green. In addition to the primary and secondary colors in the color wheel, there are also the tertiary colors. These colors are created by mixing a primary color with a secondary color. Yellow-orange, red-violet and yellow-green are examples of this.


Within the plant world there is a kind of own color system. All effects depend on surrounding colors and light. Warm-colored flowers have a different effect than cold-colored flowers. With mainly a lot of greenery in your garden, you run the least risk. Green planting ensures that all plants in the garden are connected to each other.

Simple, but it is the other colors from the color wheel that give the garden its own personality. Soft pastel colors create a calm look while bright colors make your garden lively and dynamic. In addition, it also remains the case that everyone experiences a color in their own way.


It can be quite difficult to combine your favorite flower colors with the green basic plants, in such a way that an attractive whole is created. It also depends entirely on your own taste which colors you choose. There are endless color variations and each color has its own character. With the color wheel in mind, it’s a lot easier to get your feelings across.

  • Harmonious
    Do you choose a combination of colors that lie next to each other on the color wheel? Then we call that harmonious. If you choose three immediate “neighbors” on the circle, you will achieve the most balance. It is normal for one of these colors to dominate and the others to fade into the background. You can create harmony in your garden with both warm and cold colors, the result will never bore you.
  • Complementary
    Complementary colors are the colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. When you combine these, they provide more dynamism and spice than a harmonious color combination. The effect of a complementary color combination is that the colors reinforce each other. Don’t just use flower colors here, because you can also use the leaf as one of the complementary colors. For example, if you prefer lots of (light) green leaves in your garden, you can create a beautiful complementary effect with purple-colored flowers.
  • Accent
    Would you rather have a real eye-catcher in your garden? Then working with an accent color is really something for you. You then use two harmonious colors, colors that are direct neighbors on the color wheel and one color that is directly opposite these two colors. It really works: a single yellow plant between a sea of two different shades of purple plants. It gives your garden a surprisingly lively effect.
  • Dynamic
    Do you want to create a dynamic effect in your garden? Use lots of colors that clash with each other. It’s a brave way to decorate your garden, but it can create a particularly beautiful effect. Plant what you like, but make use of lots of greenery. This ensures that everything stays connected. Are you in doubt? Then use up to five colors that collide with each other.

If you would like to change the color palette of your garden but find it difficult to choose the right plant species, an Appeltern Garden Expert can help you with that.


Of course, the colors in your garden do not only have to come from the flowers and leaves, they also come from other elements such as a fence or a garden house. In fact, if you don’t watch out, the color of your fence or garden house will surpass the entire plan you have come up with with your plants. Make sure that the chosen colors complement each other and do not confuse the color palette of your plants, but rather enhance them.

  • Black
    Black elements look chic and create a spacious effect. Contrary to popular belief, black brings warmth and coziness to your garden. Black gives your plants a stage. Let it come back in different places in your garden, so that it becomes a beautiful whole.
  • White
    By painting a wall or other element in the garden white, you immediately get a fresh look with more depth. The color has a calming effect and in combination with colorful flowers it creates a summery look.
  • Gray
    Gray neutralizes other colors in your garden and is easy to combine. The color is widely used in paving because it does not require extra attention. In addition, gray is a popular color to mix with wood, because they are both earth tones.
  • Green
    Green elements ensure that your garden becomes a whole. The color is easy to combine and moreover it occurs in (almost) all plants. Especially the lighter shades of green give a fresh look.
  • Bright colors
    It is very hip to create a dynamic look in your garden by using elements in bright colors. You get the best effect if you apply the bright colors in your garden in moderation, so that you really add some accents to your garden.

In De Tuinen van Appeltern itself you can see how many different color variations there are for your border. Dozens of color borders can be seen in practice. All kinds of structures, garden fences and pergolas have been painted with the paint manufacturer Global Paint . Their products are not only easy to use, they are extremely durable and very contemporary.


Plants are the most important part of your garden. Without plants there is no atmosphere, no feeling, no life! Your choices determine everything for the image, but also for the maintenance, for example. With the right plants you steer the garden and the amount of work in the direction that is desirable for you.

But it remains difficult to make a choice from the wide range of garden plants . In our web shop we have put together a number of ‘ ready-made border packages ‘ to give you a helping hand. Border packages have also been composed that are very colorful but require relatively little maintenance, the so-called ‘ prairie borders ‘.

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