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Colorscaping is to present optimum seasonal color displays that are custom created to reflect the tastes of each client. Unique color combinations of annuals should be planted in sequence through the year.

Seasonal Colorscape Changes

Colorscaping for Seasonal changes often requires the majority of plants to be replaced or they will clash or even die off, leaving you bare. Complete Creations has been providing colorful experiences with your neighbors in our Tri-Cities area and we offer you the same long lasting, low maintenance plants for each season you want a change.

We welcome you to sign up for our newsletter where we can send out personalized reminders that it's time to change your color scheme, along with the estimated pricing and the variety of plants suggested for your home or business. Using the newsletter allows us to periodically send out news about Complete Creations and reminds you to change your email address as you get them so that seasonal color change reminders and quotes can always land in your current email address' inbox. Don't worry - we won't spam you or give your email address to anyone. This is just a tool for us both to stay in touch about things that matter.

Colorscaping is an artistic approach to developing an exceptional landscape design, rather than simply adding your favorite flowering plants here and there.

Primary colors ("P" in color diagram) and Secondary colors ("S" in color diagram) range and mix from warm to cool colors/hues. When mixing red and yellow, one gets orange; the same with reds and blues creating purple, or blue and yellow for green.

We all know that art usually has focal points that attract the eye. Colorscaping is used in such a way. Art's defined elements of shapes, colors, lines and textures are incorporated into colorscaping, yet your entire area should harmonize with the various focal points you want brought to attention. We'll bring out those artistically defined elements using balance and proportion with a strong colorscaping design that not only you can be proud of but also won't confuse the eye nor drown out the less focal areas you spent your time investing into as well.

A good colorscaping company should successfully consider color relationships of your landscaping during plant selection time, not just the basic elements of your design.

Setting a mood:

Color is important in setting a mood, so you would use warm to cool primary hues in your colorscaping.

  • Greens and Blues are cool colors:
    [Think water, sky, forest] [relaxed and calm feelings] You may see these colors in dental offices and hospitals.
  • Red, Orange, Yellow are warm colors:
    [Think heat, fire, sun] [demands attention and evokes excitement] You'll see these colors on product packaging or in website design to draw attention using red text or orange and yellow bubbles or banners.
  • Purple is both cool or warm:
    [Purple splits two ways] It is dependent on other colors that appear adjacent to it in a landscape. See dark line in color wheel.

Colors have an effect on people, as many studies show, so we want to play on that when doing your colorscaping layout.

How its perceived:

Your landscape's colorscaping is dependent on how you want your property to be perceived. Do you want your main lanscape as a focal point that's vibrant and exciting while your entryway is more welcoming in color hues? Perhaps use cool colors for a home your guests feel welcome to come into, or for quite the opposite for an historical building or church use warm colors to create excitement and anticipation or an urgency.

Adding value:

In art, adding white causes a lighter tint (red becomes pink), but adding black creates a darker shade (maroon), and adding grey creates a tone. This is called adding value to your primary colors. The complexity of your colorscaping attracts the eye and is more visually interesting.

When tints, shades and tones are used close together it creates a rich visual and adds an appreciation of your property, as far as the eye of the beholder is concerned.

How backgrounds affect intensity:

Consider a home's exterior that has a dark or white wall where you've planted pink and red flowers. Two or more colors that are bright and intense actually become more intense when they're planted together. Both colors are perceived as more intense, rather than tending to blend into the wall.

Now consider two separate areas where in each you only have one color - pink in one - red in the other. The flowering plants will then tend to blend or not be as bright as compared to being together against an alike backdrop.

A good colorscaping contractor (and we hope Complete Creations turns out to be that for you!) should not let you plant your favorite flowering plant all along your wall without considering this "pop" of intensity within your colorscaping design.

Adding shades and tints will also lesson the intensity and softens the colorscape. When planting, adding white rather than darker colors makes the major color more vivid and bright. Adding dark colors or dark greenery, the plants aren't as vivid. The background structure or wall affects your plants' brightness just as well as adding whites or dark plants do, so the background where the plants are to be placed should be considered if you want your plants to be more intense.

How the size of your area affects the quality of your landscape:

We all know the darker you paint your living room walls, the smaller the room appears. It's the same with colorscaping when considering your space. Warm colors will appear closer while cool colors will seem to be further away. You can make an area appear to be larger or smaller than it really is by considering warm and cool color schemes.

Landscape Colorscaping Schemes:

After going on a nature walk, you'll have an appreciation of the subtle color differences in a natural landscape, (not purposefully planted or designed).

As you notice yards in the Tri-Cities, step back and consider the wide variety of color schemes and how the colorscape contractor may have used the color wheels correctly.

The following colorscaping schemes will teach you how to spot what a colorscape designer had in mind. Use this as inspiration for your landscaping, or leave them in the good hands of Complete Creations as the landscape architects.


Colorscaping in MONOCHROMATIC tints and shades uses only one of the colors' various "values" (learned earlier).


Colorscaping in ANALOGOUS hues uses two colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. If you stand afar, it seems like one color. If you stand closer, they're actually separately rich and in harmony with each other. Red and Orange - Blue and Purple - Greens and Yellows are the most often used analogous colorscaping schemes.


Colorscaping with COMPLEMENTARY intensifying colors. Colors than land opposite on the color wheel brighten their neighbor, especially when one color is more dominate than the other. Consider purple and yellow where you've planted more yellow in proportion to the purple: yellow will make the purple more vibrant, but the purple makes the more dominating color of yellow pop especially well.


Colorscaping with a PRIMARY color scheme of blues, reds and yellows is a choice for stimulating the mind and is mostly used in "FUN" areas such as theme parks and play areas. You'll notice that children's toys usually are made up of these colors. In other areas, you can tone this down by using darker colors of each, to the shades and tints of golds, deep reds, and darker blues.


Colorscaping with a RIOTOUS scheme of multiples of colors for your landscape, pretty much means you wanted it all, so be sure to follow these directions. We talked about a focal point earlier, but with this type of colorscaping, it's almost impossible to create or find one. The energy and stimulation must unite through a repeating of colors that will dominate in any given area - plus, a higher proportion of that color will beautify the property rather than lead to mass confusion and lack of focus in any given area.


Colorscaping with PASTEL color "tones" work best alongside of grey tinted foliage and other pastel colored plants.


Colorscaping considers the foliage of and around your flowering plants as well. Foliage comes in such a variety, but you must consider the colors of your leaves as compared to your overall colorscaping of other flowering plants and the natural surroundings in the area.


Challenge yourself to develop your own landscaping color scheme prior to our visit or challenge yourself to spot the landscape designs mentioned above now that you better understand colorscaping.

Let us create that WOW factor and reach our goal of providing you with great performing plants in an interesting array of colorscaping ideas and concepts.

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