Pair colorful houseplants with boldly painted walls to create a home décor masterpiece. This living work of art offers a changing tableau as the plant grows and blooms. Rhizomatous begonias like ‘Autumn Ember’ offer a great option for colorful leaves on an easy-growing houseplant. Other good choices for strong leaf color include hemigraphis, calathea and croton.
Ornamental peppers are popular holiday plants with colorful, decorative fruits. Give your plant a cool spot that gets lots of bright light, and water as needed to keep the soil from drying out. Some ornamental peppers have been treated with chemicals, and others just aren't good for eating, so enjoy the fruits only as ornamentals. Don't consume them or let children or pets come in contact with them. Annual ornamental peppers can stay in their pots or be transplanted into the garden after all danger of frost has passed. They'll grow until the first hard frost. This variety is 'NuMex Easter.'
A vibrant red Japanese Maple makes a big statement in this traditional garden. A hedge of ficus nitida lines the fence and is underplanted with soft and colorful textures like euphorbia, Chinese Lanterns, Hebe and Achillea.
Colorful pots are hung on shower rods using shower hooks to elevate this home's herb garden off the ground. Blogger Eileen Beaver of A Creative Day used chalkboard labels on the pots that make it easy to switch out the plantings.
If something more otherworldly is your aim, a dinosaur garden filled with dyed deer moss, a bonsai tree, glittery holiday decor, multicolored plants and a variety of colorful dinosaurs offers plenty of visual space for small children to explore.
The cardinal airplant (Tillandsia fasciculata) is native to Florida, as well as Central and South America. In the wild, this pretty epiphytic often grows in clusters, forming colorful bundles of greenery punctuated with bright red blooms. Indoors, grow cardinal airplant near a bright eastern or southern window and with good air circulation.
Bruce Holst for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Trellises covered in colorful mandevilla, which is tropical blooming until frost in the South, serve as a kind of doorway to help demarcate a garden path leading off of the lower driveway into the side yard of this Atlanta home.
This beautiful pavilion, designed by Keith Anderson, is the focal point of the European-garden section of a Colorado landscape. In the planting beds on either side, 'Winter Gem' boxwoods serve as the "bones" of the plantings while cockspur hawthorn trees provide colorful winter berries.
A custom-designed stone paver patio is the perfect place to showcase a formal water fountain in this two level garden. The small planting area next to the patio is filled with colorful annuals and provides a break between the hardscape areas, helping to lead the eye around the landscape.
Canna lilies can grow in ponds with their roots submerged. They make a colorful addition to any water garden. Simply set the pot underwater on a pond ledge, or position a container as a marginal pond’s edge plant. This variegated canna is Tropicanna canna.
This bedroom creates a lounging area by pairing a traditional slipcovered sofa with a gallery wall made up of clever, colorful, do-it-yourself art projects and straw gardening hats. With a whimsical lamp made of rope and natural light streaming through the window, this is a delightful spot for relaxation.
‘Kirigami’ ornamental oregano isn’t meant for the kitchen—it’s purely a garden delight with its colorful bracts and lightly fragrant flowers. In autumn’s cool nights, the rose-purple bracts on ‘Kirigami’ (Origanum x hybrid ‘Kirigami’) deepen in color. Look for this beauty in spring to grow all summer long and into fall. Or pick it up at garden centers in autumn to decorate outdoor spaces until hard frost arrives. This oregano is winter hardy in planting beds in Zones 5b-8b. Tuck it into the garden at least six weeks before hard frost to help ensure winter survival. Next spring, dig it and pot it, or enjoy its trailing stems in the garden.
Young or old, who doesn't love a butterfly? This fun sticker book will get kids excited about their garden friend pollinators, while kids-at-heart will find themselves adorning packages, letters and anything they can with these beautiful, colorful stickers. Butterflies of the World.
Whether you grow traditional orange carrots, or raise a rainbow of purple, red, white and red varieties, these crunchy, colorful veggies are fun to raise and good for you. Carrots need deep, loose soil, and when they aren’t happy in the garden, their roots become stunted, twisted or forked.