Colour themes – Yellow and blue

A simple way to create stunning eye-catching flowerbeds, borders or containers is to colour theme your planting.  You can choose one colour and use different shades in that tone or contrast two colours for greater impact.  If you have a bed to plant from scratch you could plant some bulbs, also in your chosen colour theme so that the colour runs from spring through to early autumn.  Blue and yellow is a stunning combination. Research what plants need similar growing conditions to give you more chance of success.

Narcissus 'Jetfire' and 'February Gold' with Chionodoxa - © Fiona Rice/GAP Photos

Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ and ‘February Gold’ with Chionodoxa – © Fiona Rice/GAP Photos

Get your colour theme started in or just for spring with Scillia and daffodils – the hopeful heralding of spring is easy to achieve with some planning.  Plant your bulbs autumn.

Cornflowers and Corn Marigolds in wildflower meadow - © Geoff du Feu/GAP Photos

Cornflowers and Corn Marigolds in wildflower meadow – © Geoff du Feu/GAP Photos

Create your very own wildflower meadow.  You’ll find it hard not to gaze at this stunning summer display

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' and Agastache 'Blue Fortune' - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ and Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Opt for plants for different height combinations adding layers to your borders or containers.  These late flowering plants will go right through to autumn and make a colourful display

Achillea 'Coronation Gold' - Yarrow and Erigeron 'Dominator' - © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos

Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ – Yarrow and Erigeron ‘Dominator’ – © Richard Bloom/GAP Photos

Compliment the colour combinations by using plants of similar height but totally different texture this really ensures that each plant can be seen in it’s own right.