• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 46: think colour combinations

Colour combinations can make or break a garden design. No one thing is correct as it's all down to personal taste.


There are many theories about colour combinations in garden design: from Vita Sackville-West's white garden and keeping a muted palate, to using a max of three, adding complementary colours to pick out the main theme, and going full pelt for the all out rainbow kitsch. That is not to mention the science and psychology behind it all. I hold one theory: if you like it do it!

It always worth listening to the experts though. This year's Society of Garden Designer's spring conference is about 'Colour: the art, science' and experience. It will definitely be worth hooking in to and is open to non members too.

I have used Heuchera 'Firefly' in a shade corner to pick out the pinks in the foam flowers and red leaf veins of Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice'. Love it! The spare heuchera I popped in a space by my bench. Here the red really pops against the blue of the Ajuga reptans. Very effective, but not my cup of tea. I'l be extending the heuchera and tiarella theme in the first border once flowering is over.


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