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Red & Green Gardens – Complementary Color Schemes

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Red & Green Gardens – Complementary Color Schemes

Complementary colors are those hues that are opposite from each other on the color wheel (green/red, yellow/violet, blue/orange). Complementary colors enhance the color intensity of each other, so using a complementary palette in your garden can bring vivid color energy and vibrancy to it. When it comes to complementary color pairings, red and green are a natural set, with green being a primary color of most foliage, evergreens, and turf. But there are also many annuals, perennials and shrubs that display stunning green blooms that deserve consideration when planning your garden. The variety of red plantings/flowers are also abundant, so you are only limited in your imagination when it comes to creating a showstopping landscape. Here are some of our favorite options to check out:


Green Garden Colors

Green Annuals

  • Zinnia “Envy”
  • Gladiolus “Green Star”
  • Coleus “Colorblaze® Lime Time™”
  • Ipomoea “Margarita”
  • Amaranth “Green Tail”


Green Perennials

  • Heuchera “Key Lime Pie”
  • Dianthus “Green Ball”
  • Lady’s Mantle “Auslese”
  • Chrysanthemum “Green Mist”


Green Shrubs

  • Hydrangea “Limelight”
  • Sunjoy® Mini Saffron Barberry
  • Hydrangea “Magical® Rhapsody”


Green Groundcovers

  • Creeping Thyme
  • Pachysandra
  • Rupturewort (Herniaria Glabra)


Red Garden Colors

Red Annuals

  • Geranium “Boldly® Dark Red”
  • Celosia “Sunday Wine”
  • Begonia “Double Up Red”
  • Chrysanthemum “Five Alarm Red”


Red Perennials

  • Achillea Millefolium “Paprika Red”
  • Heuchera “Forever Red”
  • Cinquefoil “Scarlet Dreams”
  • Astilbe “Fanal Red”


Red Shrubs

  • Azalea “Autumn Fire”
  • Rose “Olympiad”
  • Barberry “Hellmond Pillar”
  • Flowering Quince “Doubletake Scarlet”


Red Groundcovers

  • Sedum “Dragon’s Blood”
  • Creeping Red Sedum


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