Past Articles Library | Learn How to Turn a Rainbow Color Landscape into a Designer Polychromatic Color Scheme
On the surface, a polychromatic color scheme may seem the easiest to accomplish. But if not planned out, it can become a hodge-podge of splashes of color scattered everywhere. Prior to ever deciding to use this technique, one will need to come up with a comprehensive landscape design. Once this design is complete, it is time to plan out where the specific plant material will be placed. This is the key to a well organized but natural looking polychromatic landscape.
There a couple of techniques one can use when it comes to organizing the plant material. Below are a few of these techniques but keep in mind that you can combine techniques in the same space to create a stylish one-of-a-kind landscape.
Organize by the Color Wheel
Utilizing the information a color wheel provides is one of the secrets to creating a great polychromatic landscape. To do this, decide how you like colors together. Do you like them in an analogous arrangement? Do complementary colors make you smile or do you like the variety in a triad color scheme? All these color schemes can be utilized in the polychromatic color arrangement.
Once you have made that decision, the next step is to arrange your brightest colors in areas that you want to highlight or guide the eye to. This includes the front door or around specimen plants. After you have decided what you want to highlight, the next step is to build the color arrangements around this placement.
While this may seem a little confusing, it will help you plant colors that go together while giving the illusion that Mother Nature did it all herself.
Next, mimic Mother Nature’s planting technique by planting in mass. Very seldom, do single plants appear in the wild. Wind and animals normally drop more then one seed in a location. In doing so, groups of the same type of plant will germinate. To give the polychromatic landscape design an organized but natural look, this is what you have to replicate. This replication is accomplished by mass plantings.
When one is talking about mass plants, this does not mean huge blocks of plant material. Instead, this means planting a small block that consists of several rows of a certain plant. An example of how this would work is if you were planting marigolds. Plant one row with the correct spacing. The second row would be lined up in the empty spaces created by the correct spacing. In other words, the planting would be staggered and in doing so create a bigger impact.
Organizing Colors by Natural Design
Mother Nature does a wonderful job when it comes to arranging the color palate. If you are dealing with a large area, there does exist an easier way. This way may seem a little unusual but it does produce that natural looking landscape that many famous artists have replicated.
When utilizing this technique, it is easier to use seeds and/or bulbs. To begin this process, pick your large area that you want to naturalize. Prepare the soil as needed. Once this is done, you can begin planting in one of two ways. The first way is to open the package, close your eyes, and scatter the seeds and/or bulbs. Where they land is where you plant them.
The other approach is very similar but instead of processing one package at a time, combine the seeds and/or bulbs into one container and then repeat as above.
Either one of these techniques will create that “natural looking” landscape.
A polychromatic landscape can be a challenging landscape. It can quickly become a mass of disorganized colors but with the tips above, one can create a stylish and functional design that looks natural without being wild.