(Left) Use light and medium green for the plants against a 45-degree an­gled pattern of dark green with some yellow.

(Right) More contrast is evident with yellow and orange plants against a blue and green swirled ground cover.

(Left) Use violet and pink ornamen­tal plants against a light green pattern drawn in opposite 45-degree angled direction.

(Right) White-tinted plants allow for a strong contrast against a darker, two- directional patterned background.

(Left) A partial yellow outline, along with the white tint, highlights the plants against a darker green pep­pered swirl.

(Right) The bright yellow tinted plants have a sharp contrast with the vio­let and light green swirled ground cover.

(Left) The green ground cover can be darkened near the edges of the plants to create a stronger value contrast.

(Right) Light blue is often used as the lighter tint for darker evergreen plants, especially with a light green background.

(Left) White tint on red/orange col­ored plants provides a distinct separa­tion from the yellow and light green ground cover.

(Right) Tan-tinted green plants against an olive green background cre­ate a softer, more subtle color change.

(Left) Blue tint on olive green plants provides a distinct contrast when used with yellow and light green ground cover.

(Right) Yellow-tinted green plants are set against a background of a swirl of similar colors with a slight addition of blue.

Updated: October 19, 2015 — 6:55 am