I love walking past a beautiful garden and really think it makes all of the difference when your garden has a little bit of colour added to it. Nature has its own stunning palette of shades and plants and flowers are a lovely way to add colour to your exterior space. I have already spoken on this blog about how I would like to create an outdoor office next year and adding colour to our garden will also be a top priority. Look at it now! It is depressingly all green!! I have been looking at various colour palettes and love the idea of adding flashes of orange and purple to our outdoor space.
Roses always looks wonderful
If you’re looking for enduring colour and beauty for your garden then a rose garden will provide the solution. You will have to love and nurture these plants but it’s easy to find roses to buy from leading nurseries and you’ll also be able to get expert advice on ideal soil conditions and other tips on rose maintenance. Remember that you can also buy climbing roses to grow against your property or simply allow them to climb against an old tree or mingle with an existing hedge. I can certainly see some roses in front of our window.
Promote second growth
When August drifts into September and into autumn many of the most colourful flowers tend to die down. A recent feature in The Guardian explains that if you prune many plants after their first flowering you’ll be able to encourage them to make a second appearance. Delphiniums, lupins and even clematis all respond well to this treatment so you’ll be able to enjoy colour in your outside space for a little longer.
If you have hanging baskets, regular pruning will extend the flowering life of most of the plants in the basket. Even strawberries have been known to have a second flowering in the early autumn, sadly the fruit won’t be up to much as they won’t have received sufficient sun to make them juicy and tasty.
Don’t forget foliage
Grasses and leaves come in many shades and colours. For added interest and colour, try planting some Russian kale in your borders for a wonderful array of purples and greens, herbaceous borders don’t simply have to consist of flowers. Smoke bush and phormium have wonderfully bright leaves, and of course Virginia Creeper grown on the walls of your house will look stunning in the autumn with its deep rich red leaves.
Colourful herbs and berries
Herb beds don’t simply have to be functional. Many herbs have wonderful flowers, garlic chives, for example, or the bright purple blossoms of the marjoram plant will all add colour to your garden. These blossoms also attract bees and butterflies, which is always great news for any gardener. Berries also add a splash of colour to your garden and of course have the benefit of providing fruit.
Be brave with colour
A recent article suggests that English gardeners are using brighter bolder colours in their gardens rather than sticking to the traditional pastel colours. For robust shades in your garden opt for red-hot pokers, black-eyed Susan (thunbergia) and experiment with different species and coloured geraniums. Bright orange nasturtiums can grow on your garden walls, in beds or in hanging baskets. You can also add nasturtium leaves and blossoms to salads.
I'd love to hear about the colours in your garden - do you work to a colour palette? Do you have plans to add colour or is yours looking rather green at the moment like our garden?