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Thursday, 6 July 2017

Colour Ideas For Late Summer Pots, Containers and Hanging Baskets.

Its never too late to add some extra colour and there is still plenty of time to enjoy the garden before we put it to bed.

Choosing plants for a pot, container or hanging basket can be a little overwhelming with such a huge choice of both plants and colour. 
Plant combinations in pots can be fabulous but I equally enjoy simple pots of all red geraniums or colourful salvias or dahlias so don't be daunted successful colourful pots are easy to create.

If you need help deciding what colours will be most effective in your situation its useful to famiurize yourself with the colour wheel. Follow my link to the colour wheel; Colours close together harmonise, colours opposite contrast dramatically.

In this article I have taken a look at some of the combinations you can create with both plants and colour.

 Hot Colours

This is hot colour suitable for a sunny position. It would look garish in the shade. Orange,red,Burgundy,purple and yellow for contrast, naturally green is also involved with foliage. I have also added Lysimachia acid yellow foliage. Geraniums mix with purple and lime nemesia trailing purple petunias, some of the new Summer trailing petunia (yellow fading to orange). The trailing verbena is purple. There is also a little bit of white bacopa. I have also added orange diasica and begonias to trail not in the photo. This arrangement will get noticed.

Soft Tones And Harmonizing Combinations

Purple tones. Purple Twister is one of the the newer trailing verbena in the front of the picture. It is combined here with purple nemisa, pink nemisa, white geraniums and lavender blue trailing petunias.


The classic combination of pinks blues and mauve with white and though its not visible silver foliage.

Harmonising Yellow
Its not just pinky purple tones that harmonize. Oranges and yellows can look brilliant. This yellow is an ideal colour combination in a cool corner and an excellent example of how we can harmonise different shades of a bright colour to provide a calm feel. Lime nemesia again with lysimachia foliage and yellow trailing bidens with specs of white petunia and geranium.

Soft Pastles 
Pink silver and white using pink nemesia which stands upright a white geranium and trailing silver nepeta.

Pastels in the form of soft pink petunias and lime nemesia combined with white bacopa.

Abandon The Rules With A Mix Of Bright Colours

I think with so much green to soften the colour pallet that when we ignore all rules on colour and just combine a mad mix of everything bright we still get away with it. We should always find ways to break the rules and often when doing so we come up with a coulur combination tat is outstanding.

(pot 1)This dynamic pink has something a little bit orange about its tone and therefore blends with yellow its not a bluey mauve pink. Many pinks are quiet repugnant with bright yellow but this is my exception and I expect it is something to do with the tone of colour, just as mixed shades of pastles appear to work.  

Pot 1)

Only two colours here very soft lime and a sharp pink.The center is an ageranthemum or marguerite.

Pot 2)

Shades of burgundy (deeper than the image sugests), purple heliotrope (center) and lavender highlighted with soft lime.

Pot 3)

Purples burgundy and silver. The center is an opsteospurnum or cape daisy.

Link to some of our favourite summer bedding plants for 2017
The Hottest Plant This Summer Dahlias 2017
Flowers For Summer Choose Salvias 2017
Climbing Annuals...Thunbergeia

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