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How to Choose a Colour Scheme for Your Garden

23 April 2021

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Whether you enjoy romantic pink hues or a bold explosion of fiery flowers, the colour scheme you choose for a garden says a lot about you and really contributes to the mood of the space. If you’re trying to decide on the perfect hues for your outdoor space, here’s a handy guide to help. 

Using the floral colour wheel

You may have seen something similar in your school art classes, but a colour wheel really is a great help when choosing floral colours that work in perfect partnership together. Based on the three primary colours, with shades in between each, a quick search on the internet will reveal a colour wheel you can use to start getting creative. 

There are lots of ways to use the colour wheel, so let’s explore: 

  • Complimentary colours: This tactic involves pairing colours that are opposite on the colour wheel, for example, yellow and purple, or red and green. Pairing opposites together creates a striking look that brings each colour to life. This option is ideal for those who favour a more eye-catching, bold approach to garden design. 
  • Cool colours: If you prefer a calm, subtle beauty, then opt for a cool colour palette for your flowers. Blues, purples and pinks are next to each other on the wheel and are soothing, serene and romantic. To complement this relaxing charm, why not introduce hammocks, trellis fences or a swinging bench to your garden? 
  • Warm colours: Oranges, yellows and reds have a warming effect on a garden that also allows you the versatility to bring some energy and dynamism to the space, depending on how you use the shades. For example, yellow flowers can add a splash of sunshine and cheer, while reds can bring a fiery drama – play around with shades and proportions to get the effect you’re looking for.

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  • One colour in different shades: Of course, each colour comes in a variety of hues, meaning that you can create a garden filled with diversity by only ever using one basic colour. Pay a visit to your local garden centre for advice and to see for yourself the sheer variety of options available even with a one-colour approach. By opting for a single colour, you’ll also draw attention much more to the textures, patterns and shapes in your garden, too. 
  • Multi-coloured: Using a colour wheel isn’t for everyone. If you favour a bold, daring and vibrant look, then throw the rulebook out entirely and opt for a multi-coloured explosion that’s sure to catch the eye of visitors. One way of doing this is to lay a wildflower seed mix, an ideal choice for those who prefer untamed beauty above a prim and proper approach. 

Complement with fencing and sheds 

Flowers are the fun bit, though they really come to life when accented with the right shed or fencing. With a range of styles and wood colours available, your hard landscaping features can be a key player in complementing your colour scheme. For example, if you favour the soft, romantic look, then lighter-coloured wood or trellis-pattern fencing will pair with this style beautifully. If you’re opting for a more rugged, wild appearance, then larch lap fencing can bring that more earthy look you’re seeking. Chat to a fencing and shed specialist, such as Harrow Fencing, to talk through your ideas. 


Here at Harrow Fencing, we supply and install stunning fencing and sheds for homes across Harrow, Hillingdon and beyond. We’ve been trusted stockists for over 60 years, helping customers transform their outdoor spaces thanks to our range of fencing and shed styles. To discover more, simply call our friendly team today who will be happy to help. 

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