Healing Gardens: A Path to Peace – using color to balance and heal

Red Geraniums & Yellow-Gold Daylilies

Many years ago one of my children gave me a book on Healing Gardens. Colors and textures can be used to create the ambiance you want to bring into a space. Deep reds and bright yellows can motivate and bring new energy to a weary spirit,

Lavender Clematis & Deep Rose Zonal Geraniums

while softer pastels with pinks, lavender, and blues can soothe the senses and bring a feeling of calm and peace.

Stargazer Lilies & Purple Phlox











Pairing opposites on the color wheel such as red with green,

Angel and Roses
Red “Mr. Lincoln” Tea Roses & White Daisies (Hens ‘n Chicks at Angel’s feet)


purple/lavender with yellow, or blue with orange enhances the effect and provides a sense of balance.

Purple Archangel’s Breath & Yellow Snapdragons
11 -2014 Delphiniums and Lilies
Blue Delphiniums & Orange Asian Lilies














White brings a feeling of purity and spirituality and can be used to bring richness and depth to the deeper hues.

Red Climbing Roses, Blue Salvia, & White blooms on Yucca plant


Incorporating perennials that change bloom time with the seasons and annuals as “fillers” between them, the garden can become a kaleisoscope of color that is continually changing and renewing while keeping a sense of continuity. It follows the paths of our lives and brings what we need at different times of the year.

Orange Snapdragons, Pink and White Pentas, and Purple Archangel’s Breath











If the yard is large enough, separate spaces can be created for different effects, with everything flowing together as a whole–but even a few flower pots on the balcony of an apartment building can provide a place of spiritual renewal. Planting pinks and lavender together can inspire a feeling of romance and closeness in a relationship.

Zonal Geraniums


Once I started planting with purpose, my gardens evolved into a place of serenity. It is a place one can go to when needing to calm the spirit and feel a stronger connection to God.  On cold, gray winter days, a power point with garden colors and textures (set to music) can infuse the spirit with all the brightness of a summer day.

Research has shown the benefits of color therapy to raise the energy vibration in our bodies to promote healing in mind, body, and spirit.


Color therapy is an ancient approach to healing that has been used since the earliest of times. As with other holistic treatments, it aims to restore harmony and stimulate the patient’s inner resources to aid the recovery of health, the fundamental belief being that illness develops from imbalances of energies at emotional, spiritual, or physical levels.

Mental, physical and, emotional trauma is reflected by imbalances within the aura, which color therapists seek to harmonize by the application of missing color(s). In this way, healing is encouraged before subtle instabilities manifest as more serious illness. Every color contains energy of a certain vibration, and each organ in the body is linked with a corresponding color; controlled exposure to an appropriate color can therefore correct or enhance the body’s energy flow.

Color For Healing by Romy Rawlings


The process of creating a Healing Garden can be as therapeutic as the end result. It is a journey into the deepest part of the soul where love and creativity reside–a remembering of our forgotten dreams and longings and bringing them out into tangible form. Surrounded by the earthy fragrance of rich dark soil, the sweetness of lavender and lilies–time seems to stand still and all the stresses of life fade away. It has been, for me, a place for deep introspection and spirituality–a place to meet with God (in spirit) and rediscover my inner joy, a place to heal and then grow into new directions. It is a journey that is continually evolving and teaching me lessons that I could learn no where else. It is my path to peace and a deeper spiritual connection.












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According to a report published by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The human body, according to the doctrine of chromotherapy, is basically composed of colors. The body comes into existence from colors, the body is stimulated by colors and colors are responsible for the correct working of various systems that function in the body. All organs and limbs of the body have their own distinct color (3). All organs, cells and atoms exist as energy, and each form has its frequency or vibrational energy. Each of our organs and energy centers vibrates and harmonizes with the frequencies of these colors.  A Critical Analysis of Chromotherapy and Its Scientific Evolution




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