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Choosing colour is probably the most fundamental way we can express ourselves with our gardens. You can use colour to create a soothing and harmonious calm space, or an exuberant, in-your-face visual party. This season, we've expanded our collection of single colours, so you can get creative with mixing and matching and really make your garden pop. Here are just some of our new favourites!
If you like cool tones, have a look at Carpathian Bellflower - a showy perennial that produces masses of large, open faced, starry violet blue flowers covering the entire plant. Sticking with the cool theme, Viola 'Sorbet Violet Face' produces masses of charming little flowers, with deep purple petals in contrast with crisp white faces, sketched with darkest purple. Or try Viola 'Sorbet Marina' for an elegant statement, with it's delicate, graceful periwinkle-blue flowers. Both are unique and high-performing violas that look stunning in garden beds, pots or hanging baskets. And the flowers are edible, so you can add their gorgeous colour to your dishes for a bit of extra flair.
If you started with a choice of violet or blue, you can really supercharge them by pairing them with a complementary colour, like yellow. For example, a combination of Petunia 'Mirage Yellow' and Lobelia 'Riviera Midnight Blue' is a spectacular visual mix.
Whites are a brilliant choice in the garden, as you can use them to make any other colour really pop. Pure white is a great contrast colour that really stands out, especially at dusk and after dark. If you'd like to add strong vertical accents to a garden bed, have a look at Delphinium 'Galahad'. Named for the chivalrous knight from the legend of King Arthur, Galahad produces tall spires of pure-white satiny flowers. A very versatile alternative is Snapdragon 'Snapshot White', a cool weather performer that produces abundant white spikes of flowers, on bushy, compact dwarf plants.
And for the warm oranges and red palettes, we have some great new choices. Gazania 'Arcturus' is a brightly glowing, unique variety, bred to produce large, radiant orange flowers. Gaillardia 'Amber' is a beautiful perennial bi-coloured daisy in warm, sunny amber tones, with golden yellow tips. Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' is a uniquely romantic, richly-coloured selection, with flowers shading from deep crimson to carmine red and dark chocolate eyes. It's a real beauty in a vase, too.
This season we've also introduced some colourful new wildflower blends. Wildflowers are incredibly easy to sow and care for - simply clear a patch of soil, sprinkle the seed and rake in gently. Wildflower mixes will self-seed and bloom in a constantly-evolving display through the year. For a coordinated field of colour, try the delightful Carpet of Blue, lustrous Carpet of Pinks, or the fabulously vibrant Mexican Fiesta Mix, which is hand-picked from our favourite Central American flower species.
You can keep all these flowers looking good by removing dead blooms, cutting back leggy plants and continually feeding with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food or liquid feed with Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate. Use Yates Rose Gun Spray Ready to Use to treat most of the common pests and diseases.