Color is a powerful tool. Complementary colors, those on opposite sides of the color wheel (for example yellow & purple, orange & blue) can make pleasing contrasts. Colors next to each other on the color wheel are said to be harmonious (for example, yellow & orange or purple & blue). Green, blue, and purple are considered cool colors and can make

2 • The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension the yard seem cooler and more inviting in the summer. Warm colors — red, orange and yellow — can add excitement to the landscape. Hot colors appear to be closer than cool colors so put cool colored flowers at the back of the garden to make it appear larger. Experiment with other color combinations.

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