You may add a general theme to your entire landscape, such as a butterfly garden or a moon garden that seems to glow in the dark. You might add a theme to a specific area, such as a rock garden. You may focus on the type of plant or it may just be a few of your favorite flowers in complimentary colors. When planting, stick to your plan, but be flexible.
Once you’ve decided on the color theme of your flowerbeds and gardens, it should be simple to stick with that theme, or so one would think. Plant the flowers in the colors you choose and then they bloom. But, some factors can change the best-planted plans.
Perennials are one of those factors. Maybe you’ve decided on a purple and yellow theme with white blooms as a backup. But, whoops, you’ve forgotten about those pink stargazer and orange Turk’s cap lilies that bloom reliably every year.
Leave room in a color-themed garden for unexpected bursts of other colors. Perhaps your color themed garden can be more seasonal; such as coordinating blooms in early spring or late summer.
Chart a plan
It is often helpful to walk through the garden and consider what blooms in each spot at various times. Put it on paper as you do the walk-through.This can jog the memory and allow you to plant complimentary colors, foliage and blooms that will appear at just the right time and season.
Don’t foget those interesting foliage plants, such as Hosta and Solomon’s Seal. Many shrubs offer deep autumn colors when the cold arrives.