Pink & purple

There are many ways you can colour theme your garden. Use furniture, paint a feature wall or adding soft furnishings gives an instant lift in your favourite tones. You can buy colourful containers or paint your own. One simple and effective way to get the colours you love in to your outdoor spaces is to plant them. You can co-ordinate your flowerbeds with your furniture . Use annuals so you can regularly update and change the combinations or perhaps lower maintenance perennials suit you better. Research plants that live well together and give you long lasting colour.

Pink and purple is certainly eye catching together and as they have similar colour tone they offer a plethora of combinations.

Border of Agastache 'Black Adder', Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver Queen', Astrantia major 'Star of Beauty', Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldschleier', Eupatorium maculatum 'Atropurpureum', Geranium 'Rozanne', Lythrum salicaria 'Blush', Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple' and Sanguisorba menziesii - © Pernilla Bergdahl/GAP Photos

Border of Agastache ‘Black Adder’, Artemisia ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’, Astrantia major ‘Star of Beauty’, Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldschleier’, Eupatorium maculatum ‘Atropurpureum’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’, Lythrum virgatum ‘Dropmore Purple’ and Sanguisorba menziesii – © Pernilla Bergdahl/GAP Photos

Create an enclosed seating area filled with flowering pink and purple plants. Choose a range of textures, heights to keep the interest. Add pink and purple furniture to finish off the look.

Astrantia 'Roma' and Salvia 'Tanzerin' - © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

Astrantia ‘Roma’ and Salvia ‘Tanzerin’ – © Clive Nichols/GAP Photos

As well as creating a stunning colour combination in your borders remember to think about attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. Choose long flowering scented plants known to be beneficial to our bee friends. Herbs like salvia and lavender fit the bill perfectly.

Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinglow' and Perovskia 'Little Spire' - © Julie Dansereau/GAP Photos

Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinglow’ and Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ – © Julie Dansereau/GAP Photos

Large and small – a really eyecatching way to combine your colour themed plants is to select completely different sized flowers. Here the Perovskia ‘Little Spire’ provides a stunning and soft backdrop to the bold flowerhead of the bright pink Echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinglow’

Aster with Dahlia - © Friedrich Strauss/GAP Photos

Aster with Dahlia – © Friedrich Strauss/GAP Photos

Subtle tones – Choosing pinks and purples that are very close in colour creates a lovely soft effect as they colours blend so well together.

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