Go with the flow – let colour take control !

19 Jun

Don’t be afraid of colour !!


This bed is a riot of colour and probably breaks all the rules in the book but doesn’t it look fabulous !

It started out, about 7 years ago, much more sedate with a gentle blend of yellow and white lupins and blue delphiniums, but then the pink peonies popped up unexpectedly , and over the years the balance has changed.


The white lupins and blue delphiniums have diminished whilst the pink peonies have been joined by self seeded geraniums. We’ve planted some new white peonies and a range of foxgloves spring surprises every year.


The poppies spread themselves around and range in colour from lilac to deep burgundy but somehow it all goes together !

It helps that there’s plenty of structure and harmonious shapes and that some of the more shocking colours – the bright red poppies – are shortlived.

But don’t be afraid to let colour get out of control, don’t be obsessed with monochrome gardens or a very restricted palette – you never know you might like the result !


My assistant gardener had a particularly hectic day today !


2 Responses to “Go with the flow – let colour take control !”

  1. Zoe June 20, 2015 at 6:51 am #

    I love it. My garden started out in harmonious shades too, but nature soon put a stop to that, and now anything goes, pink and orange mix with lilac and yellow. Colour riot!

  2. Pauline@cloverhome June 24, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I love your peonies and the geranium. To think they are the ones that ar ether unintentionally ๐Ÿ˜‰

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