Be creative with colour

Company: HTA

This April paint your garden with colourful plants and brighten your outlook throughout the year!

With help from the HTA’s ‘Gardening is Good for You!’ campaign, supported by National Garden Gift Vouchers, garden lovers can get creative with colour this month. April is sponsored by IMARA® showcasing its full colour range of Impatiens walleriana.

Whether you want a calming area to relax or a vibrant space to party, choose colour themes to suit your mood, combining plants and accessories to create the perfect garden for your health and well-being.

Plan the colour of your outdoor space as you would your interior by considering the colour of fences, walls, structures and landscaping materials as well as pots, ornaments, furniture and other features to combine with your favourite plants and flowers.

For somewhere bright and uplifting choose a colour palette with red, gold, yellow and orange – all colours with energy and warmth. Planted in bold bocks around a patio, and matched with furniture in equally uplifting colours, they’ll produce a joyful place socialise outside.

In contrast, create somewhere calm and relaxing using cool colours like blue, mauve and violet, set against a backdrop of green, and perhaps adding pure white and silver for a clean, tranquil effect. With soft chairs to sink down into you’ll create a peaceful and restorative space to sit out and meditate.

Different colours can influence on your emotions in different ways:

  • RED – bold, bright and stimulating, exciting and eye-catching
  • ORANGE – warm and vibrant, happy and fun
  • YELLOW – cheerful and welcoming, positive and stimulating
  • GREEN – fresh, natural and calming, peaceful and relaxing
  • BLUE – simple, cool, calming and relaxing
  • MAGENTA / VIOLET / PURPLE – striking, powerful and energetic
  • WHITE / GREY / SILVER – pure and simple, clean and classic


Colour can influence your visual perception of space. By growing bright red plants at the end of a long, narrow garden you can make it appear closer than it actually is, while cool, blue flowers will look further away, giving the impression that the space is larger. Vibrant colours like red and yellow grab your attention, drawing the eye away from eyesores or views you’d prefer to ignore, while pure white and gold shine out on dull days and brighten a shaded spot.


Have fun with colourful groupings or partners. Good planting companions include:

  • Purple & Yellow/Gold eg Geranium, Achillea, Rudbeckia.
  • Red, Yellow & Blue eg Solidago, Scabious, Camassia, Scilla peruviana.
  • Purple, Green & Orange eg Geum, Alchemilla, Geum.
  • Violet, Orange & Green eg Campanula, Erysimum, Salvia, Verbascum, Hosta, Euphorbia, Bergenia, etc.

IMARA® sponsors being creative with colour in April 

IMARA® has brought Impatiens walleriana back into the garden. It is even more resistant than ever before and has a full colour range to brighten up your garden, patio or balcony! Purple, red, orange, white, salmon shades, violet, rose, orange star or a colourmix … IMARA has it all!

Explore your creative side by combining different colour settings in different parts of your garden. Due to its outstanding garden performance, IMARA can be used everywhere. Sun or shade, rain or shine, IMARA is an easy to grow crop which allows you to paint your garden throughout the season!

GARDENS TO VISIT… for colour-themed inspiration

  • Coton Manor, Northampton – for their The Blue & Yellow Border.
  • East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk – for their Red & Purple Border.
  • Hidcote Manor Garden, Gloucestershire (National Trust) – for their Red Borders.
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent (National Trust) – for their White Border.

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