Monochromatic certainly doesn’t mean monotonous…
Monochromatic gardens make use of a single colour to create a visually appealing display. I personally love them and have said before that, especially in a small garden, they look lovely. Less is More, in fact. A single colour garden design is anything but boring if done well.
Variations in shades and textures keep it all interesting. When creating a monochromatic garden, use many different shades of your chosen colour. For example, purple gardens can include everything
from pale lavender to a purple so deep that it is almost black. Yellow schemes for gardens can range from pale, buttery-coloured flowers to deep gold. Before choosing which you prefer, decide whether warm or
cool will work best in your landscape. Cool colours have, of course, a calming effect and make the garden look larger by appearing as though they are seen at a distance. They include blues, violet and white. Warm colours, such as orange, red and yellow, create a feeling of excitement and make the garden appear smaller. Gardening with one colour gives those who visit the garden a feeling of calm serenity. Instead of jumping from one to the next, the eye lingers on each flower, picking out each blossom’s details. Form and texture take on a more important role in a monochromatic garden. Include some soft light fluffy flowers as well as stiff spikes. Simple, daisy-like blossoms pop out when tucked among more complicated forms. Small, finely cut leaves have a light, airy appeal. Large, leathery leaves add structure and a sense of solidity; use both to build depth. While variety spices up monochromatic gardens, large drifts of a single flower can be breathtaking. Spring bulbs are particularly well-suited to single-colour drifts that focus attention. Drifts, or mass plantings, are most effective when seen at a distance. Schemes for gardens should also take into account the colour of the foliage. Pale foliage with hints of yellow or yellow variegation, for instance, look terrific with dark blue or purple flowers. Variegation is an excellent tool for adding variety and colour but be careful: too much variegation can look hectic and busy.
Another thing to consider when creating your garden is when it blooms. Most perennials have a limited period.¡ Plan to have centres of interest throughout the season. If you have colourless spots despite your plans, fill them in with annuals. Most annuals have a long bloom season and they are inexpensive and readily available throughout the year. They’ll begin blooming soon after you plant them; and when they are through you can simply dig them up and replace them. This will get you going – I will carry on with the theme next time. In the meantime, good planting.
Alia Babapulle – Interior and Exterior Designer
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