Best Practices For Creating a Fabulous Flowering Garden Full of Colour

Dahlia with butterfly image

How amazing is it to see a garden that’s bursting with life and many healthy splashes of colour? Well, it’s even better when it’s your garden that you’re admiring! Establishing a garden can be a very rewarding experience, even more so when it’s aesthetically pleasing. By following these tips you’ll be the envy of your neighbours with a colourfully vibrant and fabulously flowering garden.

  1. Pick Your Palette

Want something cool and soothing? Maybe pair white flowers like a short and fast-spreading Lily-of-the-valley or an easy growing Annabelle Hydrangea with something blue, a perennial Rozanne Geranium or a tall-growing Delphinium perhaps?

Maybe you want to grab the attention of passerbys with a garden that’s cheerful and full of life. Bright orange Begonias, Marigolds, or Chrysanthemums can be planted with lush red Zinnias, brilliant Peonies or striking red Dahlias. Add a splash of yellow with a few tall and commanding Sunflowers, some happy Daylilies, or some Goldenrod.

For a more sweet and romantic landscape, incorporate some pink and purple blooms. ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm is a unique pink flower that will add additional colour by attracting bees and butterflies. The traditional garden favourite, Hollyhock is a really pretty pink hibiscus-shaped flower that might pair well with an astonishingly beautiful purple Verbena. Clematis has a dazzling purple bloom and can grow tall above any other plants.


Utilise the colourful flowers to their full advantage by planting them in a repetitive pattern. This will draw the eye through the garden and really pull all of the plants together in a cohesive manner.

If most of your time spent outdoors occurs in the evening, be sure to include some white flowers or plants with silver foliage. While other coloured flowers tend to fade as it gets darker, these will appear to have some shimmer. Similarly, cheery coloured flowers will brighten with the sun and will be best suited for those who spend their mornings in the garden.

Soft hues like white, light blue, light purple, and pastel pink have the appearance of being further away and can be used to make the garden space seem larger. Using a variety of these colours and incorporating blossoms of different sizes may add a unique sense of space to your landscape.

  1. Balance Things Out With Some Greenery

Some really attractive green plants can be mixed in with the brilliance of the other colours to add the appearance of edge. Juniper can be used to balance out some of the brighter orange and yellow flowers and something like Chartreuse Geranium will contrast well with the deeper reds. The variety of green colours, shapes and textures of various succulents like Hens-and-Chicks or the Jade Plant may be used at the centre or border of your colourful flowering arrangement.

  1. Consider Practicality

It’s important to take into consideration the growing patterns of the chosen flowers. How long does the flowering last? Will they re-emerge each year or only flower for one season? It may be nice to have a variety of both perennials and annuals so that when the perennials die down for the season, you’ll be left with some of the colour from the annuals that you’ve planted.

The later-season annuals can complement the earlier blooming winter or spring perennials. Consider pairing an annual blue-gray Catmint with a perennial rose to brighten your space and extend the timeframe of the blossoming.

It’s also important to consider the height of the flowers you’ll be planting because you don’t want to overshadow a shorter ground covering flower by planting a taller one in front of it. Not to mention, a well thought out landscape can show depth and demonstrate a cohesive flow by utilising an arrangement of flowers of different heights.

In addition, some flowers also have value beyond the sense of sight. Bee Balm, Calendula and Carnations can all be eaten and Lavender, Jasmine and Plumeria can be harvested to provide an intoxicating aroma. Besides, it may be worth it to consider all of the colours of the prospective visitors to your garden. Specific flowers will attract monarch butterflies, bees, and even a variety of colourful birds.

  1. Maintain The Splendour

Who wants to look out at a drab garden that’s full of death and decay? This means that you’ll have to be committed to show your special space some love and keep up with all of the requirements. Some types of flowers will require additional water or fertiliser, others will need to have eight to ten hours of full sun each day. It’s important to take these factors into consideration before planting… otherwise, it may be a better idea to just plant a few low-maintenance flowering succulents.


With just a bit of planning and some regular care and upkeep, any front or back yard can become an artful floral masterpiece. Establishing a garden can have multiple benefits, from helping the environment to serving as a source of physical activity for the gardeners. The flowers can serve multiple purposes, providing food, habitat for birds and insects, and a wonderful source of scent.

Most importantly, having an aesthetically pleasing garden can reduce stress and can make for an easy and enjoyable place to escape after a long day. Plus, with a fabulous flowering garden full of colour, you’ll be sure to make the neighbours envious. Are you ready to create a beautiful flowering garden?

With over 20 years in the garden maintenance industry Mark is passionate about maximising the appeal of your home and garden through education on horticultural best practices and reliable gardening services. He works for Jims Mowing Geelong. As a leading professional in lawn care he knows what it takes to develop luscious green lawns, and we have the right equipment and expertise to create one at your place.