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In the Mood: Shop for Plants by Color

In the Mood: Shop for Plants by Color

We all love a colorful garden, right? In fact, it’s probably a significant reason some people begin to garden in the first place.

But, if we’re honest, it can get a little confusing to pick out plants. You see all of the colors of the bulbs and flowers in bloom and it is either a) overwhelming because there are so many choices and you don't know what to pick or b) overwhelming because you want everything.

Before you know it, you've grabbed one of each plant that catches your eye. Then, when you see everything start growing together in a big mishmash you might end up disappointed in the results. 

There's a better way than "one of these one of these one of these" shopping. 

Here's how to shop by color when adding summer-blooming bulbs to your garden.

Start here: What kind of “feel” do you want your garden to have?


Romantic gardens often have a number of different hues, but they tend to be in softer shades. We love Siberian Iris Butter and Sugar, Daylily Isabella Marafi, Dahlia Otto’s Thrill, and Geranium Johnsons’ Blue.

Plants for a romantic garden


High Energy

“Hot” colors like red, orange, yellow, and bright pink create instant energy in a garden — it’s that tropical flair that makes you feel happy and excited. Use Dahlia Bohemian Spartacus, Begonia Roseform Yellow, Begonia Picotee Lace, or Daylily Bonanza.

High Energy Color Garden



There are several ways to create soothing gardens using color. The first is to use any one color — purple, red, pink, yellow, orange — and plant all different shades of that color. If you choose pink, for example, the color in your garden will be shades of hot pink, soft pink, reddish-pink, and pastel pink. The other way is to use “cool” colors like blue, purple, and soft pink. Try Agapanthus Lilliput, Reblooming Bearded Iris Sugar Blues, Lavender Munstead, and Calla Pink Melody.

Soft Color Garden



All-white gardens are universally dramatic, and almost any color + white creates a theatrical punch, but remember the darker, moodier colors as well. Look for those deep purples, the burgundy/blacks, and deep reds — they combine well with various shades of green for a beautifully appointed garden. Consider Canna Elite™ Moonshine, Colocasia Black Magic, Calla Odessa, and Arisaema Costatum.

Dramatic Color Garden

Pro Tip

Do what the pros do — choose colors that blend well together to create an impact. Choose all vibrant or all soft colors and you're halfway there!

Shop Summer Blooming Flowers By Color

Looking for a plant in a particular color for the back of your shady bed?

Or something low-growing and red for your sunny garden? 

Here are some of our favorites to help you narrow down your search. Use the code to help you find plants that fit the sun or shade conditions in your yard and your height requirements. 


S=Sun             LS=Light Shade        Sh=Shade       T=Tall            Dw=Dwarf/Short

Blues/Purples Reds
Agapanthus Lilliput  (S, Dw)   
Caladium Cardinal (Sh, Dw)
Astilbe Amethyst (Sh, Dw)  
Peony Benjamin Franklin (S/LS, T)
Liatris Spicata (S, Dw)  
Begonia Roseform Red (LS, Sh,Dw)
Geranium Johnsons’ Blue (S, Sh, Dw)
Crocosmia Lucifer (S, LS, T)
Daylily Purple de Oro (S, LS, Dw) 
 Dahlia Gallery Singer (S, LS, Dw)



Pinks Yellows
Geranium Tiny Monster (S, Sh, Dw)  
Canna Golden Lucifer (S, LS, T)
Begonia Giant Ruffled Pink (LS, Sh, Dw)  
Dahlia Yellow Star (S, T)
Peony Dr. Alexander Flemming (S/LS, T)   
Daylily Bonanza (S, Sh, Dw)
Caladium Pink Beauty (Sh, Dw)
Begonia Giant Ruffled Yellow (LS/Sh, Dw)
Astilbe Fanal  (Sh, Dw) 
Crocosmia George Davidson (S, LS, Dw)


Oranges Whites
Crocosmia Paul Bunyan (S, LS, T)   
Dahlia Snow Country (S, T)
Calla Mercedes (S, LS, Dw)  
Peony Gardenia (S/LS, Dw)
Begonia Picotee Lace            (LS/Sh, Dw)  
Caladium Allure (Sh, Dw)
Dahlia Gallery Valentin (S, Dw) 
Begonia Roseform White (LS/Sh, Dw)
Canna Orange Beauty (S, LS, T) 
Astilbe Bridal Veil (Sh, Dw)


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  • Katie Elzer-Peters