Create a feel-good environment with summer bulbs in the right colour
We’re surrounded by colour, but it has many more effects than we might think. What function does colour serve in the natural world, and how does it affect people? Find out more about using the right colours in your garden - and which summer bulbs could serve you best.
Ads for insects
Did you know that flowers aren’t colourful just to give us pleasure? Actually, their colours are advertisements for pollen. The colours displayed by flowers attract insects to their stamens and pistils for the purpose of fertilisation and seed production. But although flowers and insects get something from colour, so do we. Looking at a garden or balcony filled with colourful 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 colours. 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 colours you like. This will make you feel good and even put you in a better mood.
Effects of colour
We all have our own colour preferences and our own responses to colours. But what effect will colour have when it comes to your garden or balcony? Think of colours as divided into three categories: warm colours, cool colours and white. Warm colours such as red, yellow and orange are striking, strong, vivid and cheerful. Cool colours such as blue, green and purple provide a feeling of serenity, security and spirituality. White is actually not a colour but suggests purity and luxury.
The colours of summer bulbs
Summer bulbs are available in every colour you could want. Here is a list of the most familiar summer bulbs and their colours:
- 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 colours except blue
- Swamp Lily (Crinum): pink and white
- Dahlia: all colours
- Gladiolus: all colours
- 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 colours except blue
- Montbretia (Crocosmia): yellow, orange and red
- Chincherinchee (Ornithogalum thyrsoides): white