Use dark colours for a bold modern garden design

 

London Garden Designs

Push your boundaries back by using black We have recently completed a number of London garden designs using black or dark fence and wall finishes to push back the boundaries and give the illusion of more space whilst creating a contemporary urban look that suits both modern and period properties.

A small urban garden with dark grey baton fence

A small urban garden with dark grey baton fence

Using a dark back ground also makes a dramatic back drop from which architectural plants are shown off to their full advantage. It is not always necessary to paint a whole garden scheme in dark colours to create a dramatic effect but if you are brave and prepared to trust your garden designer then the finished results can be stunning. Black is available in softer tones and a wide range of exterior finishes are available from charred black matt that can be applied directly to fencing timber to specialist paint finishes and heritage greys that have a softer finish often with hints of green or blue.

Brick painted to match Bifold doors in grey

Brick painted to match Bifold doors in grey

Landscaping Using darker coloured surfaces needs a little more thought but often limestone and slate are available in dark grey finishes and provide a hard wearing outdoor surface to complement a scheme. A selection of dark or black landscaping materials will add interest rather than making the space look too busy as could happen when using paler tones.

A laid back style of garden in Brixton using reclaimed timber and 'Railings' paint from Farrow and Ball

A laid back style of garden in Brixton using reclaimed timber and ‘Railings’ paint from Farrow and Ball

Planting Using dark colours in your garden will work providing that the balance of foliage and greenery is proportionate to the amount of hard landscaping. Large leaved plants such as Phormium, Trachycarpus and Fatsia will give evergreen impact but you can also select a range of silver and blue leaf colours using plants such as olives, Festuca and Astelia. You can then choose flowers according to your scheme so black makes a fantastic backdrop to hot and spicy colours for more adventurous gardeners using plants such as Crocosmia, Dahlia and Verbena.

Dahlia and Salvia with deep shades

Dahlia and Salvia with deep shades

Centaurea cyanus 'Black Ball' is a great annual for dark flowers and striking silver foliage

Centaurea cyanus ‘Black Ball’ is a great annual for dark flowers and striking silver foliage

Softer more contemporary schemes can also be equally at home using calming whites from flowers such as Hydrangea, Jasmine and Allium.

A small London garden design with calming greens and black fences

A small London garden design with calming greens and black fences

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our London garden design consultations start from £90+vat and full small garden design starts at £1200+vat. Mininum budget applies depending on location and scope of work. All images copyright of Garden Club London or named photographer and reproduction is forbidden without consent.

A larger garden design with black raised beds and black pebble sculpture

A larger garden design with black raised beds and black pebble sculpture