What Flowers Should I Plant to Match My House?

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Flowers and house color work together to beauty your home.
Flowers and house color work together to beauty your home. (Image: Chad Baker/Jason Reed/Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Changing the color of a house is a huge endeavor, but selecting flowers to match the current color doesn't need to be a difficult task. Flower selections should enhance and complement the current color scheme of your home. By examining a few considerations, you can create a pleasant, welcoming, visual palette to come home to.

Style Considerations

Different styles of homes call for different types of flowers. Consider the architecture of your home, and use this information to help guide your floral choices. For instance, a Victorian home serves as the perfect backdrop for romantic old-fashioned flowers, such as roses (Rosa spp.), hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 11, and peonies (Paeonia spp.), hardy in USDA zones 2 through 9. A modern contemporary home, on the other hand, is well suited for exotic and bold flowers, including tropical selections, such as canna lilies (Canna spp.), hardy in USDA zones 7 through 10.

Colorful Complements

The color of your house is a major consideration when choosing flowers to plant. Select flowers that complement the house color. For example, use warm colors against warms colors, such as apricots against yellow. Neutral colors, such as beige and tan, also pair well with warm colors such as red and yellow. Deep red or peach flowers enhance browns. Pinks, reds, whites and coral look perfect against gray. A white house goes with any color of flower, including bold annuals such as multicolored nasturtiums (Tropaeolum spp.) or tender perennials such as red geraniums (Pelargonium hybrida), hardy in USDA zones 10 and 11. Consider contrasting color schemes, as well. Orange against blue, for example, creates a vivid effect.

Brick and Stone Tones

While brick and stone houses are not painted, the shades, tones and colors in brick and stone help determine which flowers look best against them. Brick and stone can have tones that include orange, rose, red, gray and brown. Choose flower colors that harmonize with their colors. A brick house with orange-toned bricks, for instance, looks beautiful with flower colors such as soft yellows and apricots that augment the orange. The same rules that apply to painted houses apply to the color tones found in brick and stone. Select flowering companions that complement the natural surfaces and please the eye.

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