Spin the colour wheel for planting inspiration

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This is a wonderful but busy time of year for Todmorden in Bloom and all gardeners. Seasonal flowers provide riots of colour and encourage ideas for further planting.

Colour design impacts on how your outdoor space feels. Clever colour planting can make small areas seem larger by changing the perception of space.

The colour wheel is essentially an artist’s tool, but also assists garden plant planning.

Choosing a shade on the colour-wheel, you’ll find harmonious colours either side, whereas opposite on the colour-wheel will provide total contrasts. Rich colours such as reds, yellows, royal blue and deep pinks appear nearer. Bright jewel shades tend to be sun-lovers.

Conversely, cooler colours from pale blues and pinks spectrum are calming and blur with the background, so helping smaller areas feel larger. Chaotic colours can be toned down with peaceful white flowers that look stunning during twilight. Darker corners need lighter shades. Some lucky folk with larger plots may have both sunny beds and shadier areas.

But please remember that nature always has its own way! For instance, plants described as summer-flowering have four-plus months’ choice to bloom! The true colour may not match the label and self-seeding plants pop-up in unexpected places, especially weeds unfortunately. Besides, we never know what the weather will bring! Todmorden in Bloom’s spring 2017 plants suffered from weeks of dry conditions and now we are planting our summer bedding, who knows what weather to expect next?

Sparkling jewel-rich plants include allium bulbs, perennial aquilegia, echinaceas, phlox and salvias. Stunning shades look great with dark foliage plants. Colourful annuals include marigolds, sunflowers, petunias and cornflowers. Many can be grown from seeds.

Pots, artworks and interesting surfaces are another method of adding colour splashes to your outside spaces.

Colour is an essential quality to ensure our spaces are wildlife-friendly, as birds, butterflies and beneficial insects rely on exuberant shades for their food sources. Flowering herbs, such as lavender, are also great plants which attract bees.

Todmorden in Bloom members hope to see you at Todmorden Agricultural Show on Saturday, June 17 and would like to thank those who bought or donated plants to our fundraising market stall in Todmorden on Saturday, May 20.

We shall always welcome more helpers, especially during these busy months ahead.

For more information, please phone Jean on 01706 817492 or see our website at www.todmordeninbloom.com or www.facebook.com/Todmordenbloomers.