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Choosing the Right Colour Scheme in the Garden

When it comes to thinking about implementing a colour scheme in the garden, even that which is informal, tends to involve a lot of planning. Sometimes, it is the difference in an average colour composition which can turn heads for an effective colour scheme in the garden.

For many gardeners, however, the idea of implementing a colour scheme is not something that will cross their minds. Or if it does, they may dismiss the idea as it can appear to be too restrictive for their creative minds and prefer to choose colours at random. However, a colour scheme in the garden does not have to be restrictive if you look at it in terms of a hue scheme.

What is a Colour Scheme, and How can We Implement A Colour Scheme in the Garden?
A colour scheme is a planned or logical combination of hues on a colour wheel. Though there is more than one colour wheel, we will be discussing Munsell’s colour wheel as it focuses on hue, value (lightness) and chroma (colour purity).

So, how do we go about choosing the correct colour scheme in the garden? One of the first things to consider is the house or backdrop behind it. If the house or backdrop is a strong, chromatic colour, then you will find it to be effective if you implement it into the colour scheme in the garden. If it is more neutral, then start with your favourite colour and then go from there.

Start with your Canvas

There are a few things to consider as you think about the possibilities for adding a colour scheme in the garden. Remember that green will always be there. However, as your eyes will naturally expect to see this in such an environment, it will largely be ignored, and your eyes will focus more on other colours. So, you can think of green as a canvas, or bring it into the design as one of the hues.

Remember, you can very your colour scheme in the garden by having one scheme in one part and another elsewhere, especially if you are working with a large canvas. You can also change the colour scheme as seasons evolve throughout the year.

Realistically, there are a few scenarios that do not lend themselves to formal colour schemes. However, one can still play with colour schemes in the garden; containers are a wonderful way to experiment with colour schemes in the garden without the commitment of one composition.

So, let’s take a look at what variations we can construct using the Munsell hues wheel for choosing the best colour scheme in the garden.


This colour scheme uses various colour values and degrees of saturation on one hue. Working with a single hue creates a naturally harmonious composition of colour.


Complementary hues contain two hues that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel.


This is the composition of two or three hues that sit next to each other on the colour wheel.


Counterpoint hues consist of one hue, and one of the hues that sit either side of its complementary colour.


These are combinations of three hues, one being the first choice, and the other two being those that sit either side of the first hues complement.


This consists of two hues that are adjacent to one another and a compliment of only one of them.

Double complementary

Again, this involves two colours that are adjacent to one another, but involves both of their complements.


These are two hues that are located two spaces apart from one another on the colour wheel.


These are three hues that are spaces equally apart from one another on the colour wheel.


These are four hues that are consistently spaced from one another, whether it be in the form of a square or a rectangle.

Now you Know Your Options, It’s Time to Get Creative

As you can see, there are many difference options available for having a colour scheme in the garden, even if you are only limited to a couple of hues. You will find that there are many apps or online tools to help provide visual information on adding a colour scheme in the garden.

Finding flowers in the exact colour you are after may be difficult, but do not let that discourage you. Remember, that green foliage breaks the colours up from one another, so having the almost-right colour will certainly do.

Contact Ladybrook Today

Once you have put together the perfect colour composition and are ready to start looking at your options, then look no further than Ladybrook Nursery. Our wholesale stock covers a wonderful variety of hues and tones for you to dive into. Contact us today to find out more or have a look at our plant library to see everything we stock.

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