The usage of colour in gardening, in combination or contrast with plants and flowers, is not new. People have done it since ancient times, but it still is a fascinating resource that delivers vast results.
In the project presented below, the garden is on a slope and structured on different levels with heaps of steps and planters. All the block and cement work was plastered but unpainted. The garden looked sad because of the grey colour of the cement. We noticed that the owners had some colourful modern artwork in their home, so we proposed a daring design to fill the garden with colour and joy.
We used striking colour combinations on the planters and steps. In the lightest part of the backyard, we introduced orange-earth together with pink. We painted the other areas Mediterranean blue and magenta.
The pictures show the garden before and after.
While we were working, we designed a metal structure to block the views since the owners had mentioned that one of the terraces lacked privacy. As we had noticed some rather fanciful shapes at the entrance, so we decided to repeat them in the garden and commissioned a steel wall with small circular window planters. We first saw a similar metal wall during one of our visits to the Appeltern Gardens in the Netherlands.
The result was spectacular, and the owners were satisfied with their new daring garden.
The pictures that accompany this article are the copyright of Josie Elias.