From warm to cold
In warm colours, there’s always some red. But besides red, there’s also pink and orange. If there’s any blue in a colour, such as green and purple, then they are cold colours. Warm colours attract attention, as they are dominant colours. That’s why they can also make your garden feel smaller. Imagine you’ve got a beautiful green hedge and at the end, there’s a red plant. You instantly look at the red plant, without paying any further attention to the hedge. Instead, use them, not at the end of your garden, but closer to the house. Or, if you’d prefer, place them in a part of your garden that you would like to draw attention to, like beside your pond or water feature, for example. By using cold colours, your garden will automatically feel bigger. Then, of course, there’s the white flowering plants, stunningly natural and easy to combine with any colour scheme.
So, does this mean that you shouldn’t use any warm colours in your borders? Not at all, but in this case, remember that too much can be a bad thing, as the end result also depends on the depth of the colour. Blue, yellow and red are hard colours, when they’re not mixed with other tones, which means, it can be more challenging to select a beautiful combination. Light pink plants can, of course, go very well with purple tones. However, if you’re really finding it difficult to decide, pick up some paint colour samples from a diy-store. Lay the colours beside and behind each other, and what happens? Which, of course, brings me on to the topic of contrast.