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.
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!
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!
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.
I painted this trellis behind the pink Knockout rose last year (it has a white clematis growing on it).
I do have a nice swath of blue here because of this self-seeded Spiderwort.
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!