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Garden Design – Inspiring colour from Nature

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Garden Design – Inspiring colour from Nature

Normally when you design a planting scheme you need to get the structure right- this is the right proportion of volumes and shapes. Next is tone – creating a mix of deep dark foliage plants, light airy plants, making sure the leaf textures and light reflective qualities of each plant make a good contrast. My oil painting teacher, Jason Tremlet, suggests looking at your composition with blurred eyesight so as not to be distracted by colour.

But then there is colour. Glorious colour. It is not really a matter of painting by numbers. Indeed often particular colour scheme might be what a client wants more than anything else. But generally the colour comes last- and when it does we can look to everything in nature to help us with our colour combinations – jellyfish in a bay, a sunset, the muted tones of a sea landscape in the late afternoon as well as the obvious colours of particular flowers.


Normally when you design a planting scheme you need to get the structure right- this is the right proportion of volumes and shapes. Next is tone – creating a mix of deep dark foliage plants, light airy plants, making sure the leaf textures and light reflective qualities of each plant make a good contrast. My oil painting teacher, Jason Tremlet, suggests looking at your composition with blurred eyesight so as not to be distracted by colour.

But then there is colour. Glorious colour. It is not really a matter of painting by numbers. Indeed often particular colour scheme might be what a client wants more than anything else. But generally the colour comes last- and when it does we can look to everything in nature to help us with our colour combinations – jellyfish in a bay, a sunset, the muted tones of a sea landscape in the late afternoon as well as the obvious colours of particular flowers.

By |2019-03-28T18:32:28+00:00August 15th, 2017|Blog, Inspiration From Nature|Comments Off on Garden Design – Inspiring colour from Nature

About the Author:

In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them. Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind. I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden. I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.