How to create a colourful garden for summer

How to create a colourful garden for summer

Follow these top tips from Homebase and you'll have the rainbow garden of your dreams in no time.

  • Think about the colours you want in your garden. Use social media boards like Pinterest to help inspire you and group flowers, accessories and furniture together to see what they look like. 
  • Feature walls needn’t be confined to the indoors. Wall art and murals are a brilliant way to make a garden more colourful. Screw marine ply to fence posts, pick a colour and paint. You can even use blackboard paint and get the grandchildren to decorate it with drawings in coloured chalk.
  •  If you don’t have time to paint a dull wall, grow colourful climbing flowers up them instead, like clematis.
  • When thinking about your colourful border: don’t just choose what’s in flower.  Choose things that will flower in the future so that you have colour all year round.    
  • Instant colour can be added to any outdoor space with colourful, flower-filled pots. You can customise the pots with sequins, shells or pebbles to add additional colour and texture or use hanging baskets to add colour at a higher level.  
  • Remember when you are planning space that hot colours advance (or seem to come towards the eye) and cool colours recede (or seem to go away from the eye)
  • Take inspiration from the colours inside your house. If you have a painting by the back door or a brightly coloured wall, use the same colours in your garden. Using a scheme that links with your house’s décor will aid the transition from inside to out.
  • Look beyond flowers to plants with vibrant foliage, bark or berries. Many plants provide year round colour long after flowers have faded.
  • Garden seating areas often serve as focal points in a garden which makes them a great place to add colour. Buy colourful outdoor furniture or upcycle an old bench by painting it.  

For more gardening advice, pick up the latest copy of Yours magazine