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How to create a colourful garden

How to create a colourful garden

Bring the essence of summer into your outdoor living space with a burst of colour that reflects your personal style and taste.

Consider your favourite colour palette for the summer season. Would you prefer the sizzling allure of hot pinks and vibrant yellows, or perhaps the coolness of pastel shades resembling a refreshing summer salad?

In the garden, the conventional rules governing indoor decor can be disregarded. Nature allows for boundless creativity. However, selecting a colour scheme is pivotal in garden design. Understanding the fundamentals of colour is your initial stride toward making your garden come alive. The strategic use of colour can transform the ambiance of your space, whether it's creating a serene atmosphere with soft muted blues, purples, and greys, or infusing energy with lively lime, bright reds, and eye-catching oranges.

Colours have a significant influence over our moods – yellow brings warmth and joy, blue and purple induce calmness, white provides refreshment, while red and orange stimulate. Light, influenced by the time of day and season, affects how we perceive colour. Pastels shine in dusk's light, reds recede into the darkening background, and cool tones thrive in morning sun, while warm colours perform well in the harsh light of late afternoon.

Always gravitate towards the colours that resonate with you. Create a themed garden based on your favourite hues! Love blue and white? Embrace Delphinium, white roses, and Plumbago. Desire something fiery? Red-hot pokers and orange marigolds can set the tone.

Effectively incorporating colour into your garden can result in a stunning and dynamic outdoor space. South Africa's diverse climate and landscapes offer endless possibilities for introducing colour into your garden.

In contemporary gardens, the colour scheme plays a crucial role in crafting a visually appealing and harmonious outdoor space. Begin by selecting a neutral palette for hardscape elements like paving, walls, and furniture. Neutrals like grey, white, or black serve as a sophisticated backdrop for the clean lines and minimalist aesthetic often found in contemporary gardens. Introduce bold and vibrant colours as accents, but limit your palette to green and two other colours for a more cohesive look.

Never underestimate the power of green in the garden. It is the linchpin that underlies most landscape settings. Warm colours like red and orange evoke energy, while cooler tones like blue and green create a sense of calm. Paler colours create an illusion of space, so keep them towards the back, bringing vibrancy closer to home with reds and oranges.

With a plethora of indigenous and exotic plants, we have a vast array of options for creating a colourful garden palette. Foliage, not just flowers, can add depth and contrast to your garden. Consider foliage texture and colour alongside harmonising flower hues.

Approach your garden design like a paint-by-numbers, ensuring repetition for a cohesive pattern throughout the space. Add spots of bright colours for focal points, highlighting the uniqueness of individual plants. Strive for a strong yet cohesive colour range, considering complementary colours for a vibrant and eye-catching appeal.


Use colour strategically to draw attention to specific areas, maintaining balance and proportion in your garden. Avoid overwhelming the space with too many vibrant colours or oversized elements. Coordinated containers, decorative pieces, and outdoor furniture bring cohesion to your garden.

Remember that colour perception is influenced by lighting conditions and surrounding elements. Experiment with different colour combinations, embracing the idea that there are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.

The choice of colour combinations is highly subjective. Select a palette that aligns with your personality and style, allowing you to feel comfortable and happy in your garden. In a modern setting, your garden colour scheme can be as eclectic and unique as you desire – break the rules, have fun, and infuse your garden with personality.

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