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One-Color Gardens

Color often dominates garden designs, but sometimes less is more. A monochromatic color scheme works well in contemporary gardens and small spaces, but it can also unify a large garden. Warm colors like red, orange, and yellow feel cozy and energetic, while cool colors like white, green, and blue can make a garden seem peaceful and expansive. White flowers can also brighten shady corners and look great at night by moonlight. Or try foliage plants in different shades of green. By sticking to one color, you’ll place emphasis on design elements like form and texture.

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