In this article, I will be talking about what colour schemes to use with houseplants. In past articles, I have discussed how the colour schemes are generated in the first place, along with the outside plants that meet the cool, hot and dark, and pastel colour schemes. This decision of what colour scheme to use can be extended to indoor gardening. Most houseplants will follow the same scheme as mentioned in this article.
The great thing about colour schemes for houseplants is that it is not much of a problem, as adherence to strict colour rules does not inhibit experimentation. If a plant clashes with the background, you have two options available to you; you can either move the plant or you can change the background by changing the paint colour or wallpaper.
It is best to have tried a plant in a certain position and to know it does not belong than to wonder if it just might.
The colour contrast of plants and pale or light coloured backgrounds create a feeling of spacious. Rooms with plants sitting in all white or magnolia background create a feeling of clinical elegance, whereas light-coloured plants against a dark background create a sense of closeness and snugness.
Soft pastel-coloured flowering plants against a delicately patterned wallpaper immediately bring an overall feeling of comfort and ease. High contrast between coloured flowers and the background are best retained for dining area and halls, whilst soft colours are best suited for living rooms and bedrooms.
If you have a teenage child they may go for more bizarre combinations and they must not be discouraged from doing so, but very young children’s bedrooms must not be as bold, but use plants and colour scheme that are soothing in nature.
You can also use colourful containers that will blend or contrast with your home décor, whilst highlighting the plant that is within it. You can play around with paints, wallpaper, containers and plants within them until a design that you are happy with, is reached.
COLOURS OF FLOWERS TO USE
ORANGE AND YELLOW FLOWERS
If you are looking for orange and yellow flowers, you can use back-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata), which is a summer delight with its chocolate brown centres and orange-yellow petals. Chrysanthemums, crocuses, daffodils, primulas, all have yellow, or orange flowers that can be used in this scheme.
Kalanchoes also has flowers that come in orange and yellow, and so do hyacinths. Calceolaria x herbeohybrida has yellow flowers that are often speckled and dabbled in a range of other colours You cannot go awry if you use a Clivia in this colour scheme.
RED AND PINK FLOWERS
There are a number of plants that produce red flowers from cyclamen and impatiens, along with Gloxinia and Senecio varieties, along with Kalanchoes that has red and pink varieties. Hyacinths and amaryllis come in shades of red as well. So you do have a wide choice.
Hyacinths, Campanula isophylla and Ipomoea rubro-caerulea are well-known varieties that have blue flowers. You can also grow a blue form of hydrangea to cover this shade as well, as long as an acidic compost is used.
There are a number of houseplants that produces flowers of the purple shade. This includes Cape Primrose (Streptocarpus), which is a summer delight, where ‘Constant Nymph’ being the preferred option because of its darker vein in the flower throats.
Saint Paulias is the star and comes in a wide range of colours if you can look after them right.
Crocus, Senecios, Brunfelsia calycina and Browallia speciosa also produce purple flowers.
There a large number of species that produce white coloured blooms, including white varieties of Campanula isophyllas, Cyclamens, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Amaryllis and Chrysanthemums.
Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda) and Jasminum polyanthum are both scented climbing plants that will grace a lot of homes. Both need a lot of space to grow, as they are best grown in a conservatory, where they can be allowed to grow to its full potential.
Gardenias are another scented plant that can be grown inside, provided that high temperatures and a warm conservatory are used. You have so many options with this colour scheme.
ORANGE AND YELLOW FOLIAGE
Dieffenbachia picta ‘Exotica’ has leaves that are suffused with pale yellow. You can also use the colourful Coleus that often have some orange and yellow in their foliage, along with the many varieties of Codiaeum variegatum pictum. A lot of Bromeliads have bracts that have yellow or orange associated with them.
RED AND PINK FOLIAGE
Coleus as ever is the go-to plant as it has varieties with some red in their leaves. The Cabbage Palm (Cordyline fruticosa) ‘Firebrand’ and ‘Guilfoylei’ have leaves with pink or red. Bromeliads also have colourful bracts that came in these shades, as well as many forms of Caladium have leaves with this shade in them.
Eucalyptus gunnii, Aechmea fasciata and many forms of Sedum have blue-greenish leaves.
PURPLE OR DARK LEAVES
The most distinctive of the dark foliage plant is Setcreasea purpurea, with long purple leaves and a neat habit.
The climber/trailing Gynura aurantiaca has leaves that have bright purple hairs but its only downfall is the yellow flowers that are produced tend to have an unpleasant scent. The flowers that are produced in February can be cut off as soon as they develop, saving your nose from being exposed to the scent.
Some Coleus also come in purple varieties and are worth looking for. Iresine herbsii develops shiny, heart-shaped purple leaves, where it is best grown in a good light.
In this article, we have discussed how you can provide a colour scheme for your houseplants that matches your home décor. You can have a colour scheme that needs not be permanent and you can move around until a satisfactory design has been reached. It is best to have a scheme which follows the colour rules explained in the article of colour schemes in the container garden.
You have a vast array of plants that you can use going through the colour spectrum, with plants suggested with colourful flowers and leaves. Most coloured leaves can be found in my other articles on houseplants from colourful leaves and blooms. You have plenty of choice to what plant you can use.
Be adventurous but do not go too wild. If you have a question or comments you wish to make, please do so in the comment box below.