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Garden design with one or two colours

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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Autumn is the season when we begin to allow the garden to die off and hibernate until the coming spring. Although it can be sad to say goodbye to our flowering plants, we know that this rest is beneficial in the long run if we want our garden to thrive. It also gives us some time to think about how we want the garden to look next year. During the spring and summer, we are often focused on weeding, planting, and maintaining the design we have. These colder months also give us the opportunity to do some planning and to think about changes we may want to make in our garden design. As you flip through gardening books and draw maps of your yard, perhaps you are also going to consider thecolour scheme. Today on homify, we have some examples of gardens that are focused around a limited or monochromatic colour palate, making for an elegant and restful outdoor space.

A calming view

Bi-folding Timber Doors with Bronze Inserts:  Windows & doors  by Architectural Bronze Ltd
Architectural Bronze Ltd

Bi-folding Timber Doors with Bronze Inserts

Architectural Bronze Ltd

For obvious reasons, the most prominent colour in the garden is often green. So why not embrace this hue, making it the primary colour in your garden? As we can see in this photo, a green garden gives off an impression that is both lush and calming; the kind of yard that simply invites you to wander out into it. Note how the home owner has cleverly chosen large glass doors, which are by Grantham based Architectural Bronze Casements, whose elegant structure allows for maximum views of the garden. This is certainly a view that you want to be able to see well from the house. 

Eclectic shades

Old Boars Hill - Oxford :   by Spiering & Co
Spiering & Co

Old Boars Hill—Oxford

Spiering & Co

While green is, of course, a very popular choice for your garden, it is also a very versatile shade. This yard, by interior and landscape designers Spiering & Co, has the same verdant colour scheme as the one pictured above, and yet it manages to convey a completely different style. Here the multiple shade of green and various topiary shapes work together to form a garden that is eclectic, original and beautiful. 

The colour of kings

Surrey contemporary country garden:  Garden by Arthur Road Landscapes
Arthur Road Landscapes

Surrey contemporary country garden

Arthur Road Landscapes

In this garden designed by Arthur Road Landscapes, one more colour has been mixed in with the green: purple. Known as the colour of kings, this majestic hue adds a hint of  grandeur to the yard that would not be there if the colour palate were larger. Here we have a stunning example of how limiting colour in your garden can make for a breathtakingly elegnat space. 


If you are truly dedicated to a neutral look, the simple, minimalist feel of a rock garden may appeal to you. This detail, from a garden designed by Paul Newman Landscapes, shows how powerful a natural and neutral colour scheme can be. It also reminds us that stones, like flowers, can come with beautifully intircate patterns and details.  

Seeing pink

Small Country Garden:   by designerGardens

Small Country Garden


It appears that purple is having a moment when it comes to garden design. This space, by Dorset based designerGardens, makes use of the more pink and red purples to create a space that is stylish and cheerful. The strict landscaping and careful lines of the flower beds create the perfect backdrop for the abundant pink flowers, resulting in the ideal country garden. 

Green and white

This stunning space was created by Claire Mee Designs. Black and white has long been a staple of the design and fashion world, and it appears that green and white is the garden version of this elegant combination. The use of green plants with white hydrangeas and white furniture and tiles combine to form an outdoor eating area that feels effortlessly chic. 

What do you think of these gardens? Let us know in the comments?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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