Have you ever wondered what makes some homes look so special? In a neighborhood of houses, some stand out from the crowd. It doesn’t always have to do with size or location. Some properties just look pulled together — the house and grounds unite into a seamless whole. What’s probably going on is that the landscape has been carefully crafted to suit the house. When the landscape is in tune with the house, the result is a garden that feels like home. It happens from a unity of styles — a formal landscape surrounding a formal home, or a casual country garden next to an informal, relaxed house. Matching the style of your landscape is one important way to unify house and grounds. Another way is through color.
The purple, green and white color scheme of the garden harmonizes beautifully with the blue trim and gray walls of the house.
The first step in coordinating colors between your house and landscape is to go outside and take a good look at the house. Then create garden and landscape elements — flowers, of course, but also structures like fences and gates, arbors and awnings, even pots on a deck or patio — that connect with the colors of the house.