Create a feel-good environment with summer bulbs in the right color
We’re surrounded by color, but it has many more effects than we might think. What function does color serve in the natural world, and how does it affect people? Find out more about using the right colors in your garden - and which summer bulbs could serve you best.
Ads for insects
Did you know that flowers aren’t colorful just to give us pleasure? Actually, their colors are advertisements for pollen. The colors displayed by flowers attract insects to their stamens and pistils for the purpose of fertilization and seed production. But although flowers and insects get something from color, so do we. Looking at a garden or balcony filled with colorful flowers makes us feel nice. So why not create your own private feel-good environment for both yourself and the insects by planting summer bulbs?
A sense of well-being
Each of us has personal associations with colors. This is because we all have our own interests that affect our preferences. Green, for example, will make the hearts of nature lovers beat a little faster but probably won’t mean much to anyone not that interested in nature. In other words, the best thing to do is to surround yourself with the colors you like. This will make you feel good and even put you in a better mood.
Effects of color
We all have our own color preferences and our own responses to colors. But what effect will color have when it comes to your garden or balcony? Think of colors as divided into three categories: warm colors, cool colors and white. Warm colors such as red, yellow and orange are striking, strong, vivid and cheerful. Cool colors such as blue, green and purple provide a feeling of serenity, security and spirituality. White is actually not a color but suggests purity and luxury.
The colors of summer bulbs
Summer bulbs are available in every color you could want. Here is a list of the most familiar summer bulbs and their colors:
- Pineapple Lily (Eucomis): yellow, green and white
- Anemone (Anemone coronaria): blue, red, pink and white
- Begonia: apricot, yellow, copper, orange, red, pink, white and salmon
- Calla Lily (Zantedeschia): all colors except blue
- Swamp Lily (Crinum): pink and white
- Dahlia: all colors
- Gladiolus: all colors
- Hymenocallis: yellow and white
- Canna Lily (Canna): yellow, orange, red, pink and white
- Ixia: yellow, orange, red, pink and white
- Blazing Star (Liatris): purple, pink and white
- Lily (Lilium): all colors except blue
- Montbretia (Crocosmia): yellow, orange and red
- Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides): white