If you love a pop of colour in the garden, I’ve got 12 colourful ideas to kick your garden up a notch. I also recently discovered a secret to success when it comes to adding colour in the garden and I’ll share it with you below. It may be obvious to some but it was a bit of a revelation to me.
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Where to Find Garden Ideas
Some of these ideas are from my garden. The rest are from local garden tours. To respect the privacy of others on the tours, I often have to take photos really quickly (so no one is in the shot). So forgive me if the quality or composition is sometimes a little odd as I’m almost always shooting in a hurry. But I think the ideas still come through.
I highly recommend self-guided garden tours: it’s a great way to see what is possible in your growing zone, meet other gardeners, and grab fun garden art ideas. It’s a true act of generosity when others open up their gardens for tours—just think of how much work it takes to make any garden look its very best—so I’m always mindful to thank the host gardeners (if they are present) and pay compliments. I think it’s just like showing off art: it can be an incredibly vulnerable feeling. But I’m very thankful so many people share their creative gardens.
Committing to Colour
I don’t know about you but I have a terrible time choosing colours. It’s taken a while, but in recent years I’ve clued in that I like muted colours inside the house and bold pops of colour in the garden. But the question is always, which colours will I choose? I’ve become colour-commitment-phobic!
Last summer we gave our ugly shed a paint makeover and I let my daughter choose the door colour. She picked a bright, bold blue called Jazz and it definitely set the tone for the garden. I had actually toyed with the idea of painting the entire shed in eclectic colours but I knew I’d probably grow tired of them so it seemed better to keep the wild areas to smaller surfaces that could easily be repainted.
The Secret to Making Bold Colours Work
This spring I decided to add more pops of colour around the garden using painted birdhouses and garden art and that’s when I realized the secret.
Whatever bold colour you choose—use lots of it. Repeat it around the garden.
I used the same Jazz blue to paint my old garden ladder (more about this in an upcoming post) and could see that by repeating the colour around the garden it becomes a visual anchor and gives the garden a cohesiveness it didn’t have before.
This inspired me to add a few more colours to the palette and go for a brighter, quirky look. Stay tuned for updates.
These painted birdhouses are the latest addition to my garden. I bought a bunch of them from a local man who makes them by hand with hardwood and sells them for just a few dollars each! Though he paints them in colours that don’t make Her Majesty happy so I gave them a makeover in some clear, bright colours. I feel like I found the colour theme I’ve been looking for and will be repeating these colours around the garden.
This garden uses blacks and greys as the backdrop and it really unifies the look. The red and purple flowers add the key blast of colour.
Lime green is one of my favourite accent colours. If you can find old metal plant stands at a thrift shop or yard sale, nab them! You might want to stay on Team Rust or get some outdoor paint in a bold colour and give them a whole new life. I love the contrast here with the pink flowers.
You can also see metal plant stands here on Amazon (there’s lots of choices).
This collection of blue glass started kind of accidentally. I was thinking about creating some sort of bottle tree and started stashing my yard sale finds on a shelf by the patio window. I ended up liking the blue glow so much I just left them there.
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Here’s another way to use blue glass, dishes, or any other old household items that may have lost their usefulness but not their eye-catching colours: use them to fill in young flower planters. I had just planted this lobelia and it was looking a little pathetic. I used the dishes to fill in the planter until the flowers mature and spill over later in the season.
There’s lots more creative garden container ideas here.
Can you see past colours and take ideas instead? If you love the playfulness of these red and purple petunias spilling out of the planter—grab the idea for your garden. If not, just take the idea: any two contrasting colours will have the same effect, making any planter the focal point of the garden.
This is the same garden from another viewpoint. It’s right by the road and quite beautiful.
Have neighborhood library book boxes come to your area? I wonder if the homeowner chose the book box colours based on the cushion colours or vice-versa?
Sorry for the crazy angle: this is one of those instances where I had to click really quickly to get a people-free shot. I included this front garden because the red and yellow flowers play off each other really nicely. The porch has a fun assortment of garden art. You can see more of this garden here as well as the funny sign from the porch.
More lime green mania! This garden is quite modern and minimal. The lime green colour is used in the furniture and flower pots.
Another tip is to use accent colours in your decor and garden art that does not appear in the plants. This way they stand out. Here the lime green bird feeders add the pop of colour. You can see a similar green feeder here on Amazon.
The easiest way to add a beautiful blast of colour to the garden is hanging baskets spilling over with gorgeous annuals. Bam!
How pretty are these glass garden balls hanging from the arbour? There was quite a collection of them. There’s also interesting versions of them here on Amazon including ones with lights inside. I’d look for a local art shop and see if there’s any there.
This is the power of swaths of colour! Red. White. Pink. Yellow. It makes a bold statement when there’s whole areas of single colours.
There’s also a bunch of garden art ladder ideas here.
How sweet are these stacked polka dot teacup planters? (Try saying that five times fast!). With no other strong colours nearby, these ones steal the show.
I’ve seen these teacups in shops for around $25 each. There’s other styles here on Amazon but I don’t see any with the polka dots. If you see them at a sale, grab them! Assuming you like them, that is. Silly goose.
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