by Bridget Kulla


Plants That Can Complement Your Exterior

by Bridget Kulla

It’s the time of year when annuals, perennials, and bright bulbs begin to peek out from your yard’s rich soil and in no time, blossom. The blooms of flowers and appearance of vibrant green foliage, vines and grasses make your home exterior look alive again.

And looking beyond the landscape, you’ll see the home siding and trim that serve as a perfect background for your greenery. There’s something cohesive about a siding color that pairs perfectly with your landscape. Whether your flowers are in a window box, potted, or growing in the soil, it feels right to have colors and varieties that complement one another.

Let spring plant life inspire you— we’ve matched Hardie® siding colors with flowers and foliage that we can’t get enough of, so you can complete your exterior look. Here are a few options that go well with your home siding color:

Blossoms Meet Bark

A home clad in HardiePlank® lap siding in the soothing gray-brown hue called Timber Bark feels classic and soft when paired with flowers in shades of pinks. The fluffy powder-puff pink blossom of the Kwanzan flowering cherry tree complements the warm neutral siding color. The pairing makes you want to lay down a blanket, or lean back in a sun lounger, under the blooming tree and take in the view.

Lush Greenery, White Palette

Modern or historic homes wear a crisp, white hue well, and when it comes to a siding color as pure as fresh snow, there’s James Hardie’s Arctic White. We love this bright white paired with lush green foliage, whether it’s a healthy potted fern by the front door, vines climbing up the lattice, or a family of hostas planted nearby. The vibrant green fern, paired with the clean, white siding and trim feels modern, and the pop of the yellow-gold door adds a hint of color.

Modern Desert Vibes

The home siding color gray is a trendy new go-to neutral, and it typically adds to a more updated, modern appearance. James Hardie has a vast palette of grays added to the ColorPlus® Technology collection of colors, including from light to dark—Pearl Gray, Gray Slate, Aged Pewter and Iron Gray. We love the look of a contemporary gray siding paired with containers of succulents in a range of distinctive shapes and colors, or a vertical living wall filled with the interesting water-saving plants. If you’re a trendsetter, a gray home exterior is a stylish, calming choice especially when paired with a variety of succulents.

Capture Country Fields

The thought of a red farmhouse evokes the comforting feeling of a drive through the countryside. Think tall fields of golden corn, rural landscape and a bold red home in the distance. A home can come across classic and elegant with Artisan® lap siding in Countrylane Red providing added character with gorgeous deep shadow lines. We’d love to see this home with a smattering of tall sunflowers. The warm hues in the center of the cheerful, yellow flower match the warmth of the red home’s siding.

Maintain the Manicured Look

A unique Craftsman home clad in HardiePlank lap siding in Autumn Tan feels right at home with a pristine row of pink carnations butting up its brown picket fence and border of well-manicured shrubs. The wheat-colored exterior oozes neutral sophistication, all while seeming to say, welcome home. We love the tidy and detailed look of the spiral trees leading to the entryway of the home.

Bright Bulbs and Earthy Exteriors

Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow because they come back each year, and even multiply. They add a pop of color to your home’s yard and match well with an earthy green (like Mountain Sage or Heathered Moss) or bold beige home (like sandy Navajo Beige or chic Sandstone Beige). These red tulips look stunning with Mountain Sage siding.

Get outside, green thumbs—pair your plants with your home exterior colors for blooming, cohesive style that flourishes year after year.