Planting for colour

Five top tips – growing plants for colour and impact

Garden designer Arit Anderson shares her top tips for growing plants with colour and impact.

Arit Anderson's top tips
Arit Anderson shares her top tips for colour in your garden

Year-round colour is one of the most common requests for garden designers. We love the challenge, because planting for on-going seasonal impact means we get to be playful. Often gardeners lose confidence with colour, and limit their planting, but are then disappointed with the result. The joy of experimenting helps us become bolder with our choices. And if it doesn’t work? There’s always next year.


Successional planting

Successional planting in a border
Successional planting in a border

Keeping colour going in your garden is known as successional planting. The idea is to choose plants that come into bloom when another has faded. For this to work, planning is crucial. Take your time looking through magazines and websites and make a plant list, making notes of when plants will flower throughout the months, and plan your borders accordingly.

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