Create a colourful garden
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Adding a splash of colour is one of the easiest ways to give your garden an instant update and make it feel summery even when the sun doesn’t shine.
Injecting colour into your garden doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming and it doesn’t just have to come from plants and shrubs. Garden Furniture, colourful plant pots, garden art and plants can all help to create a colourful outdoor space.
Whether you want to create impact with an entirely new colour scheme, or simply add a bit of colour to brighten up a dull patio or flowerbed, there are lots of ways to introduce colour into your garden. How much time you spend will depend on the effect you want to achieve.
For a quick splash of colour add bright, colourful plants and foliage to your flower pots. Or if you’ve got more time, try painting a wall in a single vibrant colour or creating some lively wall art on a feature wall.
Remember though, colour doesn’t have to mean bright yellows, reds and blues. Dusty tones of purple or grey can have just as much of an impact. The colours you choose can affect your mood as well as the look of your garden.’Hot’ colours – bold reds, oranges, yellows and pinks stimulate your senses and make flowers appear closer whilst ‘cool’ colours – blues, purples and pale pinks, are calming and restful and can be used to make a small space feel bigger.
Choose your colours carefully and start creating the brilliant garden you’ve always wanted.
Tips & tasks
• Think about the colours you want in your garden. Use social media boards like Pinterest to help inspire you and group flowers, accessories and furniture together to see what they look like.
• Feature walls needn’t be confined to the indoors. Wall art and murals are a brilliant way to make a garden more colourful. Screw marine ply to fence posts, pick a colour and paint. You can even use blackboard paint and get the kids to decorate it with drawings in coloured chalk.
• If you don’t have time to paint a dull wall, grow colourful climbing flowers up them instead, like clematis.
• Plants add living, three-dimensional colour to your space. Fill pots with colourful herbaceous perennials that will flower year after year or use hanging baskets to add colour at a higher level.
• If you want instant colour try painting your pots or customising them with sequins, shells or pebbles to add additional colour and texture. Use the same shades as your plants for a cohesive, tied-in effect.
• When thinking about your colourful border: don’t just choose what’s in flower. Choose things that will flower in the future so that you have colour all year round. Borders can look just as good in winter as they do in summer if you choose the right plant.
• Remember when you are planning space that hot colours advance (or seem to come towards the eye) and cool colours recede (or seem to go away from the eye.)
• Take inspiration from the colours inside your house. If you have a painting by the back door or a brightly coloured wall, use the same colours in your garden. Using a scheme that links with your house’s décor will aid the transition from inside to out.
• Look beyond flowers to plants with vibrant foliage or bark. Many plants provide year round colour long after flowers have faded.
• Garden seating areas often serve as focal points in a garden which makes them a great place to add colour. Buy colourful outdoor furniture or upcycle an old bench by painting it.
• Don’t worry about what’s in fashion. Decide what colour scheme you want and go with it.