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How many colours do you have in your garden?

I remember that garden shown in one of the first episodes in GW in 2020, when a nice lady showed her garden which looked very well kept and you could see the effort she was putting into her garden. But as much as I adored her work, when the borders were visible in a wider angle, it looked boring. There were 5 or 6 groups of a yellow, red, orange flowering plants and that pattern repeated. In the same episode, Monty said, "remember, a border needs only 7 colours/plant types".
How have you arranged the planting in your garden?

I my garden.

How many colours do you have in your garden? 33 votes

I arrange my plants in groups and repeating patterns, and stick to the 7 colours Monty rule
Jellyfire 1 vote
I have only one of each plant, and as many colours as possible
RoddersUKTerryannGrumpymumTackShauna2021Simone_in_WiltshireSlow-worm 7 votes
I have a Cottage garden
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I have a Designer garden
I have a Veggy garden


  • AstraeusAstraeus Posts: 334
    I have a 'newbie' garden.

    That is to say, my priority is in learning what plants go where, how to make them thrive and then worrying about styling it out later. As I look out, I see a lot of green (honeysuckle, grapevine, sedges, calamagrostis, molinia and all the pond plants) with a fleck of orange (primula bulleyana) and a dot or two of blue (iris Perry Blue). Just waiting on the white cloth of the pyracantha, which is budding up nicely.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,247
    Cottage is the closest, I suppose. My only 'design' aspect is that I try to avoid putting pink and yellow together.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    I have a small garden and like to grow as many plants as is practical. I do try to have some theme to my planting and I try to avoid clashes. But basically the concept of 'right plant, right place' wins over colour combination.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,735
    edited June 2022
    I have a Cottage garden
    I have a lot of different plants, I'm a bit of a plantaholic and I like to have something in flower most months of the year. It's cottage style I suppose but I have lawns.
    I have cottagey plants like astrantia, delphiniums, rudbeckia, roses, campanulas, asters, hardy geraniums, daffodils, hostas, ferns, phlox, various shrubs and trees etc. 

    I plant according to conditions and what plants like, shade, sun, damp, dry etc. 

    I don't think it was Monty who said 7 plants, unless he was talking about a specific area like his Paradise garden. I think Joe Swift said you can use fewer plants and repeat them. Monty has said repeat them but he has masses of different plants and a very big garden.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,436
    I have a Cottage garden
    I daresay the purists might not like it, but l go for colour over style these days.
    My garden used to be predominantly pinks, blues and purple,  but these days there's yellow, orange and red in there as well. I do use white to calm things down now and again, but (especially over the last 2 years) l want colour in my life.

    Having said all that, l did love the Perennial show garden at Chelsea with its understated colour scheme. Oh to have the space for "garden rooms" 😊
  • Also a newbie, still figuring things out but am very partial to purple so I have a lot of that with lilac's and blues, several pinks and some striking red nasturtiums, couple of geums as well. For some reason I'm averse to yellow and green in combination, but randomly bought an Iris sibirica which has the most beautiful creamy-yellow flowers. I'd say my style is in the "like it, grow it" category. And for me, life needs to be in colour, so the more the merrier! 😊
    It's knowing what to do with things that counts - Robert Frost
  • joanna65joanna65 Posts: 60
    I have a Cottage garden
    I suppose cottage garden is the nearest description. I have a lot of blue and orange together which I like but also pastels and I love anything daisy like in appearance and sweet peas. But ultimately if I like a plant and it is suitable for the conditions in my garden I will always find a spot for it. As I see it, it is my garden, planted for me, so as long as I enjoy it and it thrives that is all that matters. I do have repeats of plants but that is because I like them, it has nothing to do with design. 
  • RoddersUKRoddersUK Posts: 500
    I have only one of each plant, and as many colours as possible
    Went for the any colour, but I'm not limited to 1 of each flower. Sometimes I'll drop 3 of the same in.

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,277
    I have a what ever will grow garden. It is wet in the winter and dry in the summer so everything has to be fairly tough. The plants that I do grow will not do as well as else where but I have learnt to accept that. My favourite plants are grasses so not really on the colour wheel?

    BROWN IS A COLOUR   Piet Oudolf
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