Posted: 02/03/2017 at 17:55
Judy - it comes down to personal taste. If you like it bold and bright then go for it. If you like restful, then use plenty of toning foliage, but use contrasting foliage shapes to get variation.
If you're anything like me, your taste will also have changed over the years. Early on, I did the cottagey thing, but it requires a lot of effort and maintenance and I simply don't have time for that. I also no longer like pastel colours. Every garden I've had has been different in size and style, whether I've started from scratch, or developed an existing plot, but I like structure and form so that's always my starting point .
I need restful, so the predominant colour is green. It's easy to have different 'feels' to different areas if you use a unifying colour, whether you want a calm, cool look, or a vibrant hot one. I also need plenty of year round colour so there's quite a lot of evergreens. I use purple, white, cream, orange and deep plummy reds and many plants are fairly self sufficient.
It comes down to a few basics. What do you like or dislike, what time and money do you have to spend, what colours do you hate or love, and what your conditions are.
Work with those and then you can put in the detail as time goes on, and of course, you can change your mind and replace things if you don't like them....