Friday, May 25, 2018

20 Jul

Your Guide to a Colourful Garden!

The primary purpose of bedding plants is to add colour to your garden. To get the best of our your bedding plants, follow this guide to learn everything you need to know about colour. Don’t think that you have to follow the rules of colour clashes that you would when decorating, the brilliant thing about plants is that many different hues, tints and shades look wonderful together. Green foliage breaks up most common colour clashes such as hot pink and dark crimson in the garden.

Firstly there is the basic division of pastel and bright colours. Pastels will really come into their own on dull days but can look washed out on a sunny day. If you take a look at a flower colour wheel you will see the hues or ‘pure colours’ on offer. The easiest way to create harmonious beds, borders and containers is to use co-ordinating hues or shades of an individual hue.

You can, of course, mix a range of contrasting hues together if you are braver with your bedding choices. A colourful mixture of bright bedding can liven up any garden.

Single Hue Scheme

A collection of tints and shades from just one hue.

Use various tints and shades of just one hue. This type of display can have an extremely dramatic effect, white and yellow shades are extremely popular, but a large range of blue shades are hard to come by. .

A Harmonious Scheme

This is a very similar scheme to the ‘single hue scheme’ but with a larger range of colours. Instead of sticking to one hue, why not try to focus on one and the three surrounding it. For example, try planting reds, oranges and yellows together and adding a variety of shades from each of these hues. This scheme allows you to be unrestricted with your planting but still enable you to create a harmonious garden.

Create a patchwork of bright colours, regardless of what's co-ordinating

Contrasting & Complimentary

Contrasting but complimentry colours are opposite each other on the colour wheel. Orange and blue, yellow and purple, red and green. Mix different shades and tints of each contrasting colour together, don’t worry if you have selected baby blue with bright orange- they will still look great!

Rainbow Scheme

Create a patchwork of bright colours, regardless of what’s co-ordinating. Go for bright or pastel, try not to mix too many colours and varieties of that colour together. Sometimes using such a large variety of flowers can make your garden beds look messy. Try planting a range of coloured Pansies or Primroses rather than a wild unruly bed full of different species, heights and colours.

Do any of these schemes relate to your garden beds and borders? Send us your garden photographs to or simply post them on our Facebook wall!


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