Colour Schemes for Suffolk Gardens

Winter and early spring are a great time to take stock of your garden and plan your planting and colour scheme for the coming year. It’s also a good time to inspect wooden fencing in your Suffolk garden, as most planting will be dormant and you can safely prune back any bushes that may be in the way. As well as checking the general condition and strength of fence posts and panels, it’s a good chance to give them a new coat of wood preserver, or even fence paint, as the background to your chosen colour scheme.

Professional gardeners often use the colour wheel when designing new gardens to create an organised but stylish effect, and here Nelson Potter highlights the best ways to give your garden an injection of colour this year.

The colour wheel is based on three primary colours; red, yellow and blue, which can be expanded to resemble a rainbow. This then shows the relationship between colours to help you choose a well-blended colour scheme for your garden. Nelson Potter describes how to effectively use the colour wheel when designing your garden by using wooden fencing products and gates as solid backgrounds against the brightly coloured plants and flowers.

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Complementary Colours

Complementary colours sit directly opposite each other on the colour chart, such as red and green, and purple and yellow. These can be combined in your colour scheme as accent colours to add depth to your garden. To add further contrast, try placing brightly coloured flowers and plants against white picket fencing to enhance the vivid colours. Alternatively, place light flowers against dark fencing for a similarly contrasting effect.



For modern and detailed gardens, using just one colour can look striking. Use different tones, shades and tints of one colour throughout the garden to emphasise textures and details of plants in the design. This can be very calming as there is less to look at, and you will be able to fully appreciate the texture and structure of the plants.



By using colours next to each other on the colour wheel you can create a soothing and pretty garden with colours that easily flow and merge into one another. Pale pink and lilac flowers can be used for a feminine touch to the garden, which looks both elegant and peaceful. For a cheery effect bright flowers can be substituted, such as flowers in hues of red or bright blues which look both summery and cheerful.


Warm Colours

Flowers and plants with warm tones of colour through them can add vibrancy to the garden, and can be used to brighten dark or dull corners of the space. Warm tones of red and orange bring life to the garden and add energy, especially if you also add textural foliage to the mix.


Soothing Colours

Icy tones and pastels create a soothing effect in the garden, perfect for busy family members who like to sit outside and enjoy the garden after a long day at work. Our Waney Edge Fence Panels help to keep the garden feeling tranquil, as well as giving you total privacy to enjoy your garden.



If you enjoy plants and flowers of all colours you can go for a polychromatic design in the garden. Try to keep colours in sections or use the same plants but in different colours. This will make sure that your garden looks planned rather than unkempt, which happens easily when a variety of colours are mixed together. A multitude of colours look beautiful against solid wooden fencing or a gate, and this also helps to neutralise some of the bright colours.

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