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Lasting colour for the garden

Right now, your garden or balcony is probably a riot of colour, as flowering plants, shrubs and rose bushes celebrate the warm, wet, mid-summer growing season.

But how can you keep the colours bright, once the cooler months come around again? Fortunately for the gardeners – and those who just want to enjoy the scenery – a wall, fence, planters or a feature panel painted in a bright hue is not only on trend, but will give your landscape a lift all year round.

Before you go out and buy tins of bright blue or terracotta paint, though, spend a few moments planning the effect you want to achieve.

The first rule is to limit the palette to a single colour, and use the surrounding plants to determine what that should be. For instance, a dark garden will be brightened by a white-washed wall, while a light blue wall will lift and reflect a water feature and cottage garden plants. For a more dramatic effect, a terracotta wall or deep purple panels will provide a dramatic background to strong, large-leaved or strappy plants.

Add another colour only if you have the space to do so, but restrict it to one colour for a wall or fence, with the other colour for benches, pots or the garden shed.

Use the paint to ‘hide’ distracting visual features such as a downpipe or guttering, as it will give you a broader canvas and the overall effect will be much more pleasing and calming.

Use outdoor, all-weather paint, and when choosing the paint colour you like, remember that the colours on a paint-colour card will lose intensity when viewed outside in bright sunshine. If you are in any doubt, try a sample pot first and leave it for a few weeks to get a good idea of how it will look in different weather or times of the day.

About Adam Nobel

Principal
M. Bus, Grad Dip Adv, B.Int Bus, LREA

adam@hugoalexander.com.au

0417 007 001

Adam is the founder and Principal of Hugo Alexander Property Group. With a previous career in advertising, 20 years experience in property investment, and 14 years in Brisbane real estate, he knows the market inside out to ensure his clients grow their wealth faster.

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