A Yard Full of Color: Ideas on How to Effectively Use Colorful Plants and Flowers in Your Yard

Updated on May 11, 2018

Do you believe that a person can have a green thumb? I do, because my sister most definitely has one–her yard is amazing and full of color. Every plant she touches grows magically perfect! I take pictures when I visit, so that I can get ideas for my own yard. Sadly, my thumb is not so green, but rather a yellowish color. Hopefully it will get greener with time.

In this article, I'll share some of my sister's valuable gardening tips.

Variegated Hostas provide a wonderful border and a small but full Japanese Maple completes this corner of the bed beautifully.
Variegated Hostas provide a wonderful border and a small but full Japanese Maple completes this corner of the bed beautifully.

Placing Your Plants

As you can see in the photo above, this space has a variety of well-placed plants. There is a mixture of leafy plants and flowering plants, with the taller ones in the back. She incorporates certain colors repeatedly throughout her flower beds, and keeps them well-mulched. The popular Knockout Rose, easy-to-care for and disease resistant, provides height and fullness with loads of beautiful blooms. A bird bath with a fountain pump is nestled in this front section near the porch. This is a great way to drown out the sound of cars going by if you live on a busy street.

Adding Edging

Edging provides a clean line between the planting beds and the yard. The curved form take landscaping to another level. I recommend using either a fiberglass or aluminum edging because of its durability. There are also less expensive edging materials available.

Learn How Easy It Is to Install Edging

Tips for Adding Color

I will leave you with these final thoughts. When asked what tips my sister could give me when it came to filling my yard with color, and, most importantly, how to make my thumb greener, she offered plenty of helpful advice.

Gardening Tips

  • Buy perennials (plants that will come back year after year) that require little maintenance.
  • Mulch heavily to keep weeds away and remove them promptly when they do appear.
  • If a plant is not doing well in your planting bed, remove it or try another spot.
  • Follow directions regarding planting placement for individual plants. Those that require several hours of sunlight, partial shade, or full shade, should be planted in spaces that meet those needs.

Happy gardening!

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Large, pink Knockout roses effectively fill a space on one side of the house.A mature Rhododendron shrub adds depth and new color to this space.
Large, pink Knockout roses effectively fill a space on one side of the house.
Large, pink Knockout roses effectively fill a space on one side of the house. | Source
A mature Rhododendron shrub adds depth and new color to this space.
A mature Rhododendron shrub adds depth and new color to this space. | Source

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        Michelle F 10 months ago

        Thank you for the ideas. I'm going for pretty and uncomplicated. My good friend has a glowing green thumb. I'm always comparing to her.

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        ignugent17 5 years ago

        I love the way you arrange your flowers and ornamental plants. Your flower garden looks so neat.

        Thanks for the ideas. :-)

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        Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

        Thank you Rosemay. I was thrilled to be selected. Thanks for your comments and encouragement.

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        Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        congratulatins on the HubNuggets award well deserved

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        Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

        Thank you for the comments Movie Master and Seafarer Mama! Knock Out roses are everywhere in Virginia. They are very easy to maintain. That is so funny about the green fingers!

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        Karen A Szklany 6 years ago from New England

        This hub truly deserves the HubNuggets award, and is full of great tips for creating a beautiful flower garden! Thanks!

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        Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hi Rosie, congratulatins on your HubNuggets award.

        Lovely hub, I have never heard of the Knock out family of roses.

        It's so funny that you say 'green thumb' in the UK we say 'green fingers!'

        Many thanks for sharing and welcome to HubPages, happy writing!

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        Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

        Thanks for all the positive comments! I've had no power since Irene and am sitting in a Panera, excited to be on my computer once again. I am supposed to be getting ice. :)

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        MyFavoriteBedding 6 years ago from United States

        I have a green thumb for some plants, and others don't do so well! Very inforative hub-love the video!

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        Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

        Flowers and plants soothe and delight the soul. I loved the photos and the tips. :D

        Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. What's that? Here is one way to find out, just click on this link: http://redelf.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Bermuda...

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        PiaC 6 years ago from Oakland, CA

        I've been looking into learning a bit about gardening. Knowing next to nothing, these tips are very handy. I especially enjoyed the video about putting down edging.

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        FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

        Beautiful garden. When I was growing up in a house on a corner lot, Mom loved to garden and was outside much of the time. Now both us have only balconies which she tends. One caution: make sure your plants and flowers are not poisonous to pets if you have any. Some I already knew about before looking up research, othes were some flowers that I had never associated with being dangerous.

        Congratulations on your nomination, and welcome to hubpages

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        Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

        No green thumb here either, but I do my best. I love to grow from seeds I have planted myself, so rewarding when they do grow well. The roses are just lovely in fact the whole garden looks lovely

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        Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

        Yes, well put, I am learning a lot from my sister - she brings me plants frequently and tells me how to care for them. I love the outdoors; I would even rather pull weeds than be in the house. Thanks for your comments.

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        BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

        I also love to grow things and people tell me I have a green thumb. But it is actually reading up on what plants growing conditions are most favorable, how much fertilizer and being interested in gardening of all kinds. It is work for some, a labor of love for others. No, no green thumb, like anything else, just reading up on, or talking to master gardeners to learn. Love the pictures. Nice hub.

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