Rainbow Garden: Why it is Important to have One and How to Build Your Own

Native Americans believe the land to be very sacred and its offerings even more so. Gardens have held a special place in most of the religions, with many interpretations. In Christianity, the beginning of mankind has its roots in the Garden of Eden. In Hinduism, a “mandala” is said to be a two dimensional representation of the cosmos with an image of God in the center. The design principles of the outer rims and the design philosophies that go into the inception of a “mandala” revolve around floral patterns, which symbolize gardens as the preferred resting place of the divine.

Besides being a wonderful sight to behold, rainbow gardens have many healthcare-related benefits. They tend to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Spending a few minutes in a rainbow garden renders you proactive as they are rich in oxygen. If you are thinking of developing a new hobby, not much can go wrong with gardening. It is like a therapy that offers you with some physical exercise, an ideal place to meditate, or if you have the proper setup, a nice little business opportunity. According to Psychologist Carol Dweck, gardening helps you develop a “Growth Mindset”.

How to Create Your Own Rainbow Garden?

A rainbow garden has the layout of flowers or vegetables in every color of spectrum. Easiest way to come up with a layout is following the V (violet)-I (indigo) –B (blue) –G (green) –Y (yellow) –O (orange) –R (red) pattern. According to Psychologists, colors can be considered as non-verbal method of communication. Colors can also be associated with various traits. Here are some of the plants and vegetables you might consider for your rainbow garden:

  1. Violet: The Color of Creativity

Flowers: Verbena, Lavender, Clematis, Bellflower, Dwarf Iris, Balloon Flower, Catmint

Vegetables: Eggplant, Beetroot, Purple Potato, Purple Asparagus, Figs

2. Indigo: The Color of Intuition and Idealism

Flowers: Brunnera, Grape Hyacinth, Morning Glory, Himalayan Blue Poppy, Flax

Vegetables: Black Beans, Black Cherries, Black Currants, Black Olives, Black Soybeans, Plum, Prunes

3. Blue: The Color of Trust and Peace

Flowers: Dandelion, Gentian, Blue Orchids, Columbine, Blue Carnation, Blue Calla Lilies

Vegetables: Blue Cabbage, Blue Tomatoes, Purple Snap Peas

4. Green: The Color of Balance and Growth

Flowers: Bells of Ireland, Green Trick Dianthus, Green Gladiolus, Green Zinnia, Green Rose, Green Hellebore

Vegetables: Arugula, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Collard Greens, Green Beans, Green Leaf Lettuce

5. Yellow: The Color of Mind and Intellect

Flowers: Sunflower, Marigold, Lilies, Daffodil, Hibiscus, Ranunculus, Chrysanthemum

Vegetables: Corn, Squash, Yellow Peppers, Yellow Potatoes, Golden Beets, Pumpkin, Yellow Beans

6. Orange: The Color of Social Communication and Optimism

Flowers: Begonia, Bird of paradise, Alstroemeria, Canna, Dahlia, Butterflyweed

Vegetables: Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Carrots, Hubbard Squash, Pumpkin, Red Peppers, Sweet Potatoes

7. Red: The Color of Energy, Passion, Action, Ambition, and Determination.

Flowers: Red Roses, Red Petunia, Anthurium, Red Cardinal Flower, Red Poppy, Red Trumpet Creeper

Vegetables: Kale, Red Okra, Red Cabbage, Zucchini, Red Spinach, Red Onions, Bell Pepper

Now that you we have the basics covered, it’s time to grab the shovel. Happy gardening and let the garden warfare begin!

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