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Partner Plant Color Matching

VoyagerxpVoyagerxp Posts: 650
Hi whats the best way to go when picking plants to partner with each other by color. I'm not very knowledgeable about these kinds of things. Since the beginning of 2018 i've brought a lot of different color roses but i'd like to find out what the best plants to go with them.


  • B3B3 Posts: 27,334
    I find blue or purple goes with most things. Lavender, verbena bonarensis, purple toadflax, veronica to name a few.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AchtungAchtung Posts: 159
    If you Google "How to use colour. The Colour Wheel" you'll find some YouTube videos on how to use the Colour Wheel to mix and match colours which should help you. HTH. 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,641
    ..white goes with anything, including other whites..  if you find a clash of colours, just mix something white in the middle, it tones it down I find..
    East Anglia, England
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,966
    Interesting @Marlorena, I find white very difficult to use well. I think white can often stand out like a sore thumb.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063
    Take a look at hardy geraniums.  One of the best plants to partner roses.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,350
    All bright/saturated/bold colour go together (like a red and purple scheme, orange and purple, red and blue etc.). All pastel/soft colours go together (typical cottage garden soft blue, purple, pink and white scheme). All colours of the same colour temperature (amount of yellow or blue in that shade) go together (blue, purple, cold pink and cold red or yellow, orange, warm pink and warm red). Neutral colours go with everything (neutral white with everything, cream white with warm colours, pure snow white with cold colours, and also green flowers or very dark/black flowers).
    And almost everything goes together if you use a connecting colour in between (or neutral like white or bicolour etc.).
    It also depends on the style, some modern styles are stricter and colours need to be the perfect shade. On the other hand, some styles (wild, cottage) are quite forgiving, imagine a wildflower meadow, it's a complete mix but it works.
    In the end it's your garden and if it looks good to you, it's all that matters.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,512
    I use purple as my linking colour with everything - goes well with hot reds and oranges and mixes well with softer, pastel colours. I don’t like white with hot colours, I find it jars too much, but thats a personal thing. And gardens are personal, if you like it, it goes.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • It depends on what you want, I have a perennial bed which is a clash of very bright colours, in the spring blues and yellows moving to bright reds, oranges, yellows, purples.  Anything goes really.

    Some people would say it's a mess but the bold colour makes me smile :) 
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I agree, it's a matter of taste! If you like bold colours crowded together, have them, if you want to be subtle, do that. Some people have only one colour - or even white - some have everything under the sun. The only rule is what YOU like.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,923
    But if you want a particular effect ... eg to heighten contrast and make a colour really have ‘zing’ ... it’s good to understand basic colour theory and the Colour Wheel certainly helps with this. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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