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How to bring more colour into your garden

How to bring more colour into your garden

While a green garden is the first priority for most homeowners, many prefer to have a colourful one. A splash of red, orange, pink or blue can make a world of difference to an otherwise lush yard. Colour makes it more interesting and inviting; not just to humans but to birds and insects too. Flowers attract bees, butterflies and sunbirds - all of which help to pollinate plants and improve the biodiversity of your garden.

There are numerous ways to bring more colour into your garden but ideally, homeowners should opt for indigenous species. These are often more hardy, resilient and unique. The flowers of many local plants are eye-catching and more favourable for flying garden visitors. Just bear in mind that floral gardens will not retain their colour year-round; there will be periods where the plants do not flower, but this is where contingencies take place.

IWESCO offers garden maintenance services. These can be conducted on a routine basis or as a one-off service for individuals, body corporates or businesses that would like their gardens looked after. We offer a full range of services and our teams are highly-trained in the use of specialised equipment and the knowledge of gardening in general.

Tips for bringing more colour into your garden

  • Firstly, you should plant many of the same species in one area. This way, when the plants start to flower, a large and dense area will be blooming at once. It creates a focal point that catches the eye when the surrounding areas are not in season.

  • Plant species with different seasons next to one another. This stems from the point above; by creating flower beds with species that bloom at different times of the year, you will be guaranteed to have some colour in your garden all year round.

  • Choose plants with colourful leaves. Some species have red, purple, yellow and even sky blue leaves. This will add variations in hue to your yard even when the plants are not flowering.

  • Opt for species with long flowering periods or with multiple blooming seasons a year. Species such as Strelitzia and Sunbird bush flower two or three times every year. This will keep colour in your garden for longer and as often as possible.

  • When you’ve exhausted your options of plants, try a colourful element of hardscaping, such as a bright pot or other garden feature. This will provide some dramatic bursts of colour to areas where the rest of the foliage is green or brown.

These easy steps will make your yard a more vibrant space throughout the year. You can impress guests and visitors with showy displays of hues and make your garden an inviting area in which to relax. For more information on IWESCO’s garden maintenance service, please contact us today.


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