What Is A Pastel Garden?
A pastel garden is a type of landscape design where all the colors are muted or absent. The color palette consists of only one or two primary hues (red, yellow, blue) with other shades added to give it depth and interest.
The term “pastel” comes from the word “paint,” which means to add another layer of paint on top of what’s already there. So, a pastel garden would consist of just one color.
In the case of a pastel garden, the colors are not bright and vibrant; they’re subdued. They don’t stand out like real flowers do either. Instead, they blend into each other so well that it looks almost natural.
Why Create A Pastel Garden?
Paint can be used to create any kind of artwork: paintings, drawings, sculptures…anything! However, painting is usually reserved for creating images that will be seen by others. When done right, it creates beautiful works of art.
However, when done wrong, it can look very amateurish and even unprofessional. That’s why a pastel garden is perfect for your home or office décor. You could use pastels to decorate your living room sofa or the back of your desk chair!
Because pastel colors are not very bold, they won’t clash with the existing walls or furniture. The color is “subdued” enough that it fits in well, but doesn’t look bad.
During the winter time, it can be too depressing looking outside at the dead lawn and gray sky. But if you have a pastel-colored garden, it will at least make your home look more inviting during that dreary season.
What Are The Advantages?
If you look outside your window right now, you’ll probably see a lot of green. Trees are green. Grass is green. Even some of the flowers are green. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow in the winter, everything will be white when the snow falls. That’s a lot of green and white!
A pastel garden brings color to your life. But, it’s not “in-your-face” aggressive like a regular flower garden might be. It’s still relaxing to look at and doesn’t hurt your eyes.
Plus, you don’t have to spend as much time maintaining it. Let’s face it: a regular flower garden takes a lot of work to keep it up. You’ve got to make sure the flowers get enough sun. The grass needs to be mowed on a regular basis.
And you always have to keep an eye out for pests and diseases.
With a pastel garden, you don’t have to worry about all that. Just fill in an area and plant your flowers, shrubs, or whatever you want. Then sit back and enjoy the scenery!
What Kinds Of Flowers Are Used?
Any type you want! That’s the great thing about a pastel garden. If you wanted to, you could plant all annuals. Or maybe a combination of annuals and perennials. Mixed flowerbeds also work well since you’re not limited to just one type of flower.
Most of the time, you’ll want to stay away from using just one type of flower. It’s much more visually appealing to the eye if you have a nice mixture of colors and textures.
Also, if you plan on entering your garden in a competition, then you’ll definitely need to mix it up. The judges will most likely take points away if all your flowers are the same.
What Should I Grow?
Let’s start with what you shouldn’t grow. You need to avoid flowers that are pure white or bright, vibrant colors. They just don’t look as good in pastel shades. If you do want to use these, try softening their appearance with some other flowers around them.
So, what flowers work well?
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
DAISIES: These are a classic favorite for a reason.
Who hasn’t seen a field of yellow daisies on a sunny day?
There are also white and even purple varieties that you can plant.
Sources & references used in this article:
The poetics of gardens by CW Moore, WJ Mitchell, W Turnbull – 1993 – books.google.com
English Cottage Garden by A Lawson, J Taylor – 1998 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Creating great visitor experiences: a guide for museums, parks, zoos, gardens & libraries by S Weaver – 2012 – books.google.com
Guerrilla gardening: a manualfesto by D Tracey – 2007 – books.google.com
The effect of garden designs on mood and heart output in older adults residing in an assisted living facility by P Hobhouse – 2003 – Frances Lincoln
Herbaceous perennial plants: A treatise on their identification, culture, and garden attributes by N Taylor – 1936 – Houghton Mifflin