Show Gardens are definitely a fantastic source of inspiration when it comes to using colour in our gardens. For this month’s topic, Colour in the Garden, at Gardening Gone Wild’s Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop I have decided to share some gardens/displays that have caught my eye!
Colour on walls can look striking as you can see above but I wonder how many ‘real’ gardeners are actually brave enough to do this. What I liked about the first garden above was the use of water with the strong colour. The pots also worked well especially the magnificent one used as a water feature. I liked the simple choice of plants with the bold design.
Colour on fencing and trellis well that’s a different matter and many of us will experiment with this. However, on saying that I was a tad nervous changing the dull brown on my trellis and arch to willow green! I am so glad I did though as it has looked bright on dull days. I quite like the use of two shades of the same colour for the fencing. The candles, well, I’m not sure about them but perhaps short chunky ones on a table – the colour once again catches the eye.
Colour in mulches – that one I am not keen on. The use of coloured recycled class is an interesting one but I would only ever go as far as a top dressing on a feature pot. But again it does blast a bit of colour and shows up the greens of the foliage very well. I like to see blue and green together.
Colour reflections, now that is an interesting idea. The first garden above shows a mirror panel which, at the angle I took my photo, has people reflected in it. However, from another angle it would reflect the colour of the cushions as well as the planting.
Colour on cushions in the garden I do like! What a great way to really splash blasts of colour and patterns with the plants. This summer, if it is sunnier than last year, I plan to add cushions to my arbour. Perhaps I could get a colour match to the flowers of the verbena Bonariensis planted at the side of it. Mm… I like that idea. Mm… stripes, I fancy stripes for this year!
Colour panels now that too is an interesting idea! They could be interchangeable, reversible or even with patterns. I like the way the strong colour once again is seen with lots of green and simple planting.
Colour tapestries in planting now that for me is such a feast for the senses. I remember standing for some time just gazing at the beautiful layout and colours of the garden in the second photo above. I just loved the use of colour and material in the fencing and the colour of the freestanding cushions worked so well too. This garden had burst upon burst of colour but the overall effect was so calming. I loved it!
Colour in foliage is being appreciated more and more now as being a very valuable source of colour in the garden. I just love foliage colours especially the deep purple/red hues shown above. Oh and the agapanthus just reminds me of why I love blue in the garden – it just so striking. I have already posted on blue in my garden.
Colour contrasts I am not so keen on, but colour is a personal thing and I cannot deny that the display with the bronze statue above did catch my eye! I did like the use of strong stone hard landscaping in this case and it definitely helped to ground the colours.
Colour echoes is a new term for me but I have been hearing it mentioned in many other garden blogs recently. I guess I would describe the planting above as blends of colour but echoes is a very good description. I like the way the colour is echoed through foliage as well as flower. Notice, there is more foliage colour than flower colour too – I like that.
Colour blasts - by that I mean you open your eyes to see a mass of one colour in one bold planting of the same plant shouting out at you. No interruptions just a pure blast to the eyes. Lovely, lovely! Now don’t grasses work magnificently with this kind of planting?
Colour bursts – by that I mean you open your eyes to see a panoramic view of plants then, every now and again, little bursts of colour just quietly dance in front of you. No shouting.
Colour in nature, well that has to be the best kind to have in the garden! Bees, butterflies and birds can be seen as little bursts of colour in my garden - it just wouldn't be the same without them! However, it is the greens in foliage, grass and hedging that blast through my whole garden. Ah… but there is one more blast of colour that I really enjoying seeing as I walk through my garden – a beautiful blue sky with fluffy clouds floating by! Ah… I am dreaming of summer now.
The photos above were taken at Garden Shows with the exception of the last one. To see more Colour in the Garden go the the link at the top and browse the comments.