Blue , the complementary color which is yellow.

According to the HSV— Hue, Saturation, and Value Wheel, the complementary color to blue is yellow.

But according to the RYB— Red, Yellow, Blue color wheel, the complementary color to blue is orange. Which do you think is most complementary?

Can you see adding blue flowers to the above picture? Would you choose another color?

Or perhaps maybe you’d like to add extra blue in your other colors. The red and the pink both have blue in them.

The above pictures were taken by me either out of my garden or at garden centers visited over the years. I use different saturations of this yellow, blue, and orange combination in many of my container arrangements. It’s always a best seller.

The article below is from Wikipedia and explains the above color selections and why I choose them to go together.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wavelength 440–490 nm
— Commonly represents —
ice, water, sky, winter, Judaism, boys, cold, calm, heaven, and sadness.
About these coordinates

— Colour coordinates —

Hex triplet #0000FF
sRGBB (r, g, b) (0, 0, 255)
Source HTML/CSS[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Blue is a colour, the perception of which is evoked by light having a spectrum dominated by energy with a wavelength of roughly 440–490 nm. It is considered one of the additive primary colours. On the HSV Colour Wheel, the complement of blue is yellow; that is, a colour corresponding to an equal mixture of red and green light. On a colour wheel based on traditional colour theory (RYB), the complementary colour to blue is considered to be orange (based on the Munsell colour wheel).[2]

The English language commonly uses “blue” to refer to any colour from navy blue to cyan. The word itself is derived from the Old French word bleu

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Blue and yellow, yes!….pink, white, red all the colors of the rainbow! rainbow garden :)*** I can tell you like color. Did you you most people don’t that aren’t gardeners? When I do my containers for others, I have to stay with 3 colors at the most. It becomes too much otherwise.


  2. Cinj says:

    Boo, hiss. Blue and orange? I’d say blue and yellow too, for sure. Blue would also make a nice addition to the picture above.


  3. I also don’t like orange, so pair up that yellow & blue. Pale yellow helps make the blue seem more blue. Orange & blue just remind me of the Bears.
    *** Too funny…and I prefer the soft yellow also. Glad you came by.


  4. naturegirl says:

    Blue and yellow I do love in the garden however my favorite is blue pink and white with a bit of yellow scatttered here and there! Orange NOT a color I use in the garden however I do like to see it in others. Nice to meet a fellow Blotanical participant! :)NG
    *** Nice to meet you too. Seems like most of us are liking the yellow although I would tone it down a bit to a soft yellow.


  5. cindee says:

    Blue of course(-: I love the color in the garden(-: It makes me feel cooler(-:


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