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How Do I Add More Colour To My Garden

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  • 23-05-2022
How Do I Add More Colour To My Garden

How Do I Add More Colour To My Garden? Shrubs are a great way to add colour and make a garden more inviting. Find out more tips for improving the colours in your garden.

If you are looking for the finishing touches to your garden and have completed all the hard landscaping tasks, shrubs effectively let you add a bit of colour to the landscape and make it look even more inviting.

Shrubs come in all shapes and sizes to suit the kind, type, and style of garden you have.

The best way of choosing what shrubs to use is by researching how certain species live and thrive at different times of the year. For example, you may want shrubs that only bloom at a specific time of year but having various seasonal shrubs can keep your garden pretty all year long.

Shrubs can also break up your garden into sections, create a nice border, be a sole feature, or create a line of sight towards a hardscape or water feature. Shrubs are great soft landscaping features that can break down the hard lines of brickwork by improving the visual look of a garden.

A garden border can be a wooden fence or natural lines of bushes, plants, and climbers.

Shrubs can be used in many ways to improve the look of your garden. By looking online or at your local garden centre, you can see what shrubs will suit your garden's overall theme and colours.

The only thing that could stop a shrub from transforming your garden is the imagination, but we know you have a lot of that!

Top Ways to add colour to your garden

Colour makes the biggest impact when it comes to transforming a landscape. For example, if your garden is in an urban plot and surrounded by lots of grey buildings, bold coloured paints and plants can brighten your property.

Adding colours to fences, sheds, trellis, and walls can create a popping backdrop to highlight your plants and make small spaces feel cosy. If you live in a rural area, you may want to grow plants and paint walls in warm red, orange, and yellow colours.

Alternatively, if you live in or around a city where it can get quite hot, cooler tones like blues, whites, pale greens, and purples.

When you come to plan the colour palette of plants, choose colours that will match the mood you want your garden to have. For example, a relaxed garden would work well with patches of pastel-coloured plants, whereas a BBQ summer garden would suit sudden bold spots of colour.

Stick with the colours you choose. Purple and green colours create a sophisticated harmony, while pastels and silver hues can create a calm feeling.

There is a huge array of potential accessories you could add to your garden. They can establish your garden's theme by using matching the dominant colours of your plants and flowers. To spruce up a seating area, you could put colourful cushions, throws, and parasols with garden chairs, benches, and hanging chairs.

Similarly, you could set the mood with ornaments, tablecloths, candle holders, outdoor rugs, bunting, and firepits. Accessories can also add life and character to your garden.  You could show off succulents and any plants and flowers in planters, planter stands, and shelves.

As previously mentioned, adding accessories such as benches, chairs, and tables can be a way of injecting colour into a garden. Why not make them burst with bold colours?

You can make an outdoor space feel alive and special by using furniture painted in contrasting shades of oranges and blues or greens and reds. A bright yellow bistro set can fill a space, and a bold-coloured birdbath can lighten a shady garden corner.

A dreary atmosphere can be easily lifted by changing the colour of the floor to something a bit livelier. Wooden decking can be painted in eye-catching hues to enhance the vibrant foliage in flower-filled pots and beds.

The feel of your garden can be easily influenced by painting over the smooth texture of an uninspiring concrete patio. You can also bring out the texture of your patio's decking through staining.

You can buy relatively cheap and colourful bedding plants online or at your local garden store. To guarantee a colourful garden all year round, you could get plants that vary from season to season. When other plants die down for the winter, you could install Midwinter Fire, Fire Dance Loropetalums, or raspberry-coloured Pansies to fill in your garden's gaps in colour.

Decorated and painted plant containers, planters, and pots can boost the colours of your garden. You wouldn't need to spend a lot of money on paints or brushes to do so. Provided that the paints you get are safe to have on the skin, you could easily use your fingers and hands to create unique patterns.

You could create a contrast between the colour of your pots with the colours of your plants to create focal points. For example, a large red pot with Delphinium wildflowers would make a statement for sure. Another idea you could do is line up terracotta pots with dramatic plants in them to point a visitor's focus in a certain direction.

The colours of leaves add natural beauty and drama to a garden. Heuchera plants come in various colours and can be used to brighten up the borders of a garden.

It is worth looking at a colour wheel and planning what colours contrast and harmonise with the plants and furniture of your garden. Natural and bright colours such as browns and greens bring a garden a peaceful and calm atmosphere.

You can ground an outdoor space by using soft hues of colours with specific and natural materials such as wood and stone. Repeating your garden's colour palette helps to establish its theme, harmony, and aesthetic.

Top plants to add colour to your garden

Penstemons, or Beardtongues, are late summer flowers that thrive in the sun and the shade. Their tubular flowers come in romantic reds, pinks, purples, and whites. Their seeds are relatively easy to sow; however, we recommend planting any of their cuttings before they have flowered for optimal results.

Keeping these flowering plants out of the shade would be best, as they thrive best in the sun. They are extremely useful in smothering weeds as they are weeds themselves and fight for soil space to grow their roots.

Many geraniums, such as the Nimbus plant, can come in blues, maroons, pinks, purples, and whites. Many geraniums attract insects, making this plant good for encouraging the ecological wildlife in your garden.

Dahlias can grow from 60 to 150cm tall and make great cutting flowers for bouquets and romantic gestures. They thrive best in sunny and warm areas, so they usually flower between the middle of summer and the beginning of autumn. They also attract bees with their vibrant variety of deep red, lavender, orange, peach, yellow, and double colours.

Fuchsias come in the following colours: calm creams, rich reds, vibrant violets, and wonderous whites. These flowers are loved by bees and thrive in the shade. Consider adding Fuchsias to your garden for the ecological and visual benefits.

They usually flourish between mid-June and October and symbolise the Greek Goddess of Youth. They can grow up to 23 feet tall, making them a good border flower.

Hebe shrubs are free-flowering evergreens that are available all year. They enjoy being in the sun and good soil. Their colours can range from dark reds and purples to light whites and pinks that attract many bees.

Over the years and with much breeding, Hydrangeas have become richer in colour and more floriferous. There are over 70 different species that can best be described as pom-pom flowers. Despite requiring a lot of water, Hydrangeas will bloom beautifully between early spring and late autumn.

If you're looking to add bursts of hot red, lush green, purple foliage, burning oranges, or striking yellows, Indian Shots and Cannas can do just that. With a lot of sun, warmth, and fertile soil, these perennials will grow as tall as 1.8m.

Lavender plants come from the same family as mint and produce a wonderfully relaxing scent. They were historically used as a perfume in Elizabethan times and continue to be the UK's most popular plant today.

Contemporarily, lavender is used to make high-quality honey and can come in pinks and yellows despite their regular representation as blue and purple. Rather than producing and spreading their seeds, these plants are propagated by cutting and replanting.

These evergreens are hardy plants that carry blue, purple, indigo, violet, mauve, and white flowers in the spring. They can grow in any soil and level of sun and shade. They are widely sold as hanging basket flowers and can be easily propagated with cuttings.

These summer perennials are extraordinary at producing rich brown, orange, yellow, and red flowers. Sneezeworts and Heleniums are best bought as plants and can grow between 2 to 5 feet tall. Their flowers are daisy-shaped with cone-like centres.

Perfect as border plants, sunflowers are a popular staple in UK gardens. Their seeds attract goldfinch birds, and apart from yellow, their flowers can also be white, red, and even ochre-coloured.

Sunflowers are a unique flower in this list, as they experience the phenomenon known as heliotropism. This phenomenon concerns how the flowers respond to the direction of the sun, whereby they follow its movements throughout the day.

The Zinnia is our final flower that can add colour to your garden. They can come in double, single, semi-double, or cactus-flowered forms in whites, yellows, oranges, pinks, reds, and purples.

They thrive indoors during springtime and outdoors in June. Sometimes they reach 48 inches in height if cultivated and maintained well and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.

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