Tips to Add Color to Your Spring Garden

Are you planning next year’s garden or just dreaming of spring color?

As you thumb through plant catalogs or plot your garden design, take a cue from Tony Abruscato, director of the Chicago Flower & Garden Show. He offers the following tips for brightening up your garden with color.

For more inspirational ideas you can use in your own garden, mark your calendar for “The Art of Gardening,” the 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show, from March 9-17 at Navy Pier.

1. Create pops of color with bold petals on a canvas of earth tones. Be adventurous and let your palette change as often as the seasons. Mix various colors to add dimension to your garden.


2. Select outdoor sculpture elements that complement the hues of your floral arrangement. Consider the overall tone of your garden when selecting a piece. Go neutral if you garden is already filled with color, or add planters filled with eye-catching flowers.


3. Use plants such as coleus to keep color and textural interest flowing throughout the season. These plants are available in all different hues and instantly take your garden to the next level.


The 2013 Chicago Flower & Garden Show incorporates beauty and artistry in all its components, from “The Marketplace” to the “Kids’ Activity Garden,” and from the new “How to Garden” to the “Garden Gourmet” amphitheater. Featuring local garden designers and landscape architects, the show is an inspiration for guests from across the country and from sweet home Chicago.

For inspiring ideas year-round and even more up-to-the-minute event information, follow the Chicago Flower & Garden Show on Facebook at and Twitter.