April 24, 2014

Using Color to Unify A Garden – My Blue Garden Gate

A design concept that I use inside my home is to repeat colors to unify spaces.  I’m one of those gardeners that plants a lot of  ”I’ll take one of those & gotta a have one of that” plants as something catches my eye at the garden center, instead of planning ahead and planting bunches of the same colored flowers/shrubs so my borders have a more cohesive look.  I decided to apply that same concept to unify my backyard . I do like a more cottage look but at times it can get a little out of control looking! I think that color used with repetition can unify my garden. Since one of my outdoor projects this spring  is to paint the picket fence that goes around my vegetable garden, I started  implementing this idea with one of the gates and a grape arbor.

using color to unify a garden - blue garden gate and garden hose wreath

The fence is still going to be white but I’m going to paint the gates blue and distribute this color (various shades of this color) throughout my backyard. I still need to paint the back of this gate, but I put my garden hose wreath on it to see how it looks and I love it. That’s not it’s permanent spot  - I think it needs to move down a bit and I may add a ribbon to it. But I think it’s perfect for my newly blue (Cool Water Lake by Behr) garden gate!

blue garden gate to the vegetable garden

I’ve got  a lot of weed pulling and rose trimming to do as well. I have to get on  a ladder to cut back that red Knockout Rose – it’s huge!

blue arbor & Knockout Rose

I just picked out some details to paint on this arbor. It has a grapevine growing on it and I might plant some morning glories at the base as well.

blue trellis behind a pink Knockout Rose

I painted this trellis behind the pink Knockout rose last year (it has a white clematis growing on it).

Spiderworth & Lady Banks rose

I do have a nice swath of blue here because of this self-seeded Spiderwort.

blue gate to the vegetable garden

I think that blue is a pretty color in a garden – it brings the blue of the sky down and is a nice cool contrast with some of the “hot” colors of the flowers I have planted.

Now I just have to spread it around! :)






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