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Top Colour Trends for Gardeners and How to Use Them

Anyone who follows interior design trends will know that this year’s Pantone Colour of the Year is Classic Blue. But did you know that you can also create colour trends within your planting scheme? There are plenty of ways to use colour trends for gardens. Here are a few of our favourite ideas. 

How to Incorporate on-trend Garden Colour Schemes

In order to create an on-trend garden colour scheme, you’ll need to keep up-to-date with the colours that are in fashion year on year. Anyone who follows interior design trends will be aware that companies such as Pantone and the Color Marketing Group (CMG) often release updates on which colours are ‘in’. These can then be incorporated into your garden colour schemes. 

However, as much as this year’s Pantone Colour of the year, Classic Blue, is, well, a classic, it can be hard to incorporate blues into your garden. Nevertheless, blue hydrangeas and agapanthus are great choices and can be used with other colours, such as clean whites, to add pops of this year’s Pantone choice to your garden colour scheme. 

With this in mind, it’s worth looking at Pantone’s Color Trend Report for the year, and the Color Marketing Group’s Color Alerts, for a range of other on-trend colours. For example, Pantone’s Saffron and Orange Peel and CMG’s Funky Orange are trendy warm hues. Orange tones are easy to incorporate within your planting using nasturtiums, dahlias and marigolds, for example. 

Similarly, clarets and purple tones are in this year. Flowers such as lavender, lilacs and buddleia fit perfectly with CMG’s purple Cosplay tone, and there are a huge variety of roses and dahlias which fit with Pantone’s claret coloured Cinnamon Stick. 

How to Create a Colour Theme for your Garden

Creating a colour scheme for your garden is, to a certain extent, as easy as choosing your favourite colours and planting accordingly. However, you do need to make sure your chosen plants will thrive within their destination areas, considering soil types, and sun and shade as well as protection from wind. 

You should also consider the light within your garden, as strong colours work well in bright sunlight, whereas paler shades can appear bleached out; pastels work well in the morning light and whites look great at dusk. Similarly, bright colours add drama to a space and act as a focal point, whereas cool colours are calming and can blur boundaries to make your garden feel bigger. 

How to Colour Co-ordinate your Garden

It’s also worth remembering that you’ll need to plant colours that work harmoniously together. You can do this by looking at nature’s own colour combinations, for example striking dark leaves against bright blooms. Remember that you’ll need to think about all parts of the plant in terms of its colour: its berries, leaves, stems, petals, bark and seed head. 

And don’t forget that you can also add colour to your garden through your hard landscaping. Choose a patio, pathways and wooden structures which you can work with to complement your planting. Alternatively, for any wooden structures in your garden, such as garden fencing, pergolas and sheds, you may choose a paint colour or stain to complement your new garden colour ideas. 

If this all sounds a little complicated, remember that by consulting experts in landscape gardening services to carry out the work they will create a planting plan for you to bring your chosen colour scheme to life. 

Need some help with your Garden Colour Schemes?

If you need some help with your garden colour schemes, talk to D&G Garden World. We have a huge range of experience with different garden colour ideas and have brought many garden colour schemes to life. Let our Upminster, Hornchurch and Brentwood experts in landscape gardening add some colour to your outdoor space with our use of colour trends for gardens.