A colourful garden in early summer is easy to manage without too much effort, but there’s often a gap in late summer before the colours of autumn kick in.
I wrote the other day about plants that flower in late summer and how it’s good to have a few of them, especially near the house, so you can enjoy their splendour every day.
An alternative, or an addition, to bright flowers and foliage are painted walls, I love the colour of this clever divider from one of the show gardens at Hampton Court a couple of years ago.
A coloured wall can really enhance the plants in front of it too. There’s an elegant, Edwardian house that I often drive past, it’s painted white and has white roses planted in front of it, which seems like a missed opportunity because the roses are hard to spot as they match the wall colour.
These are all contemporary examples from the Hampton Court Flower Show, these R.H.S. Shows are always choc full of ideas.
Don’t be discouraged if you like a more traditional style, look at paint-charts from some of the more classical ranges for inspiration, or start off with coloured garden furniture or plant pots.
Meanwhile here’s one of the challenges in our new garden:
it’s so grim that almost anything will be an improvement to this concrete-block wall, I’ll post some pictures when it’s been dealt with.
How is your garden looking, do you need more colour?
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos Jill Anderson.