A colour scheme is another way to narrow down your plant choices. I have used simple hot or cool colour schemes, but you could also use pastels, brights, blue/yellow, purple/orange, or whatever combination you dream up.
By repeating a few colours in your garden, you’ll also reduce the chance of ending up with a jumble of clashing colours. Some people find native plants messy or weedy-looking. but sticking to a fixed colour scheme, planting in drifts, and repeating flower shapes and colours will help keep your pollinator garden looking good.
Start with blue and white
I like to start with blue and white flowers because they seem go with everything. By ‘blue’, I mean purple-blue as it is rare to find true blue flowers. I’ve read that bees prefer flowers in white, purple-blue, and yellow.
In my pollinator garden, I also use hot-coloured blooms, such as red, orange, peach, and yellow. I had already been using these colours in my front yard shade garden closer to the house. I like that I can repeat this colour combo in the fall with the changing leaves of native shrubs.
I use a cooler, and calmer, colour scheme of pink, purple, blue and white in the back yard.