Evie, Garden Design

Garden Colour Scheme

Garden Colour Schemes

Become the artist behind your summer garden. Has the combination of the idyllic summer sunshine and the recently passed Chelsea Flower Show got you feeling inspired enough to add a colour scheme to your outdoor space?

Here are a few recommended considerations to help get you started:

  • Consider the architectural style of your home. Contemplate the style of your building, and how you could emphasise or pay tribute to its history.
  • You can also take into consideration the materials used to construct the building. For example, an orange/red brick would be beautifully complimented by cool blue hues. As you can see in the photo above, the yield of ruby red roses make a bright statement against the white surface of the house.
  • It’s best to choose complimentary colours for your colour scheme. I’m sure you’re already familiar with how a colour wheel works, but matching the opposite colours on the wheel outline which colour best compliments the other. For example, purple and yellow are complimentary, as are blue and orange, and red and green.
  • Warm colour schemes, such as bright reds or yellows, provide vibrancy to an outdoor space, while often making a space feel fuller and happier.
  • Cooler colour schemes, such as pastel tones, provide a soft and romantic feel to your garden. Due to the lighter tones, cooler colour schemes often make a space feel bigger.

Blue Garden Colour

English Cottage Garden

White tones will add light to shaded areas, add in pastel blues and lilacs and you’ll have a very elegant and soft looking garden. If bright tones are more your style, bold reds, yellows and oranges will offer vibrancy and cheerfulness. Plants will likely be the biggest part of your garden design but try not to think of just the flower heads when putting your colour scheme into action. Leaves, stems, bark, seedheads and berries all carry colour just as petals do, so be sure to make use of this too.

Amongst garden foliage, you may wish to include a little garden decor.  Add relaxation to your garden with the perfect place to sit, or transform it into an ideal location to entertain friends and family!


Add a little relaxation

Garden Patio RugMake your patio area a little more homely with an outdoor rug. Intertwine classic and contemporary prints into your outdoor space by adding the above, Amalia Indoor/Outdoor rug. Available in beige, this style will suit a variety of colour schemes. However, if you’re looking for something a little more bold, you can view the full Primrose outdoor rug range here.


It’s time to entertain

Garden Furniture SetThe glamorous yet sophisticated Colwell Five Seater Set is guaranteed to impress. Again, in a neutral camel and white colourway, the design of this five seater will blend in beautifully against any warm or cold tones. Taking inspiration from Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight, the seaside inspired sofa set is ideal for reading a book in the sunshine, or inviting friends and family.

 

 


Reflect colour

Create an illusion with the art of reflection. Designed to be suitable for all weathers, Primrose’s range of garden mirrors has something for everyone, from illusion gate and window mirrors to gothic styles. Positioning your garden mirror opposite your colourful arrangements will accentuate your garden’s vibrancy and provide the illusion of a bigger space.

 

 

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Evie at PrimroseEvie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

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Decoration, Evie, Garden Design

Shuttered_Mirror

Extending interior decor into your outdoor space is a rising trend, and this includes the art of reflection. Using decoration in your garden isn’t only limited to your creativity with plants and planters. Placement of a weatherproof mirror within your outdoor space can completely transform a garden into a spacious and well-lit place of tranquility, ideal for relaxing or entertaining in. 

Our garden mirror range at Primrose has over 135 designs to choose from. I’ll run you through a few of my own favourites, but be sure to view the full range here.

Which style should I choose?

Gothic_Mirror

 

Bring a modern twist on traditional with a shabby chic, gothic design. Creating a unique illusion of space, this rustic style mirror subtly adds a touch of contemporary decor, while giving a nod to traditional bespoke designs. Consider your garden and its colour scheme when choosing your mirror. If you’re unsure, opting for a white or charcoal tone would keep versatility, and compliment near enough everything!

 

Ideal for transforming smaller spaces are illusion mirrors. You can either opt for a decorative design or add quirkiness and fun to your garden with a window or gate illusion mirror. 

Window_Mirror

Illusion mirrors are fantastic for adding depth to a garden, and making the most out of your plants through the art of reflection.

Window_Mirror_Illusion

 

As you can see in this photo, kindly sent by a happy Primrose customer, Mrs J has painted her wooden Open Gate Window Mirror frame to a cream tone. This looks very effective amongst her wall climbing flowers.

 

If you’re inspired by countryside style, our range of shuttered mirrors may appeal to you most. 

Shuttered_Mirror

Perfect for the English cottage garden, our shuttered styles look beautiful on any garden wall, with their quaint wooden frames.

Love_Your_Garden_Mirror

 

The Antique Garden Mirror design above was featured on Alan Titchmarsh’s Love Your Garden, where Alan and his team used more than one mirror to add depth and glamour to a smaller outdoor space. Due to the reflective properties, especially within illusion mirrors, garden mirrors add another dimension and make the space appear larger than it is.

 

 

Where should I position my garden mirror?

Once you’ve selected your garden mirror, you’ll face the tricky question of “where should I put it?” Ideally, you should place your mirror in a position where it reflects your blooming flower beds or vegetable patch greenery. For example, a bad positioning would be reflecting part of a building or a compost pile. You may also wish to angle the mirror to achieve the best reflection possible – a tip for this is using a wooden block behind the back of the mirror. You may require a mirror adhesive to attach your mirror to the wall, such as the one listed here. Ensure that you do not place your mirror in direct sunlight to avoid hazards. Also, avoid placing your mirror too high up, this helps prevent birds from being mistaken.

How can I compliment my garden mirror?

Be as creative as you like! I’ve always been fond of the idea of growing climbing plants around garden mirrors, so that they become naturally encompassed in the setting and beautifully compliment each other. Arched trellis mirrors are perfect for this. Lavender Wisteria or climbing roses in your favourite colour would look stunningly elegant surrounding a trellis mirror. The mirror’s frame would become disguised amongst the greenery and acrylic mirror types are 10x stronger than glass. Therefore, making it fantastically  weatherproof and shatterproof.

Evie at PrimroseEvie works in the Primrose Marketing Team.

Growing up in the English countryside, she likes nothing more than to be surrounded by nature’s peace and quiet, with the addition of the family pets of course!

Evie is passionate about all things digital marketing and loves the challenge of combining creativity with online content.

When not at her desk, you’ll typically find her in the gym, posting on social media, or watching a popular series on Netflix!

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Garden Furniture

Bistro Table

The bistro has humble beginnings on the streets of France but today its popularity is evident worldwide as a common feature of our gardens and high streets. Bistro tables and dining sets remain one of the easiest ways to bring a touch of Parisian style to your home or garden. Read up on the story of the Bistro and get some ideas to inspire your outdoor space below.

What makes a bistro table set?

Today there are many styles of bistro sets available. They range from the classic decorative metal sets to the more contemporary styles in wooden or rattan. But what makes the bistro style unique? The design stems from its origins on narrow Parisian streets.

Today we often see Bistro sets spilling onto pavements outside restaurants or cafes with people enjoying an alfresco meal or a coffee. The original tables were designed to be small enough for just two people to comfortably share whilst allowing plenty of space for people to pass by on the pavement.

Some common traits are found in the materials of Bistro tables with the original designs having marble tops and metal legs. The onset of the industrial revolution meant the faster production of iron which made it much easier to add decorative legs. Both table and chair design evolved further to be folded away for easy storage; this was ideal as it meant larger restaurants could seat more people, filling their outside spaces as much as possible.

The popularity of bistro’s through history meant that copies of designs sprung up everywhere once their success began to show. It’s hard to trace an “original” design but we can recognise them by these basic features.

History of Bistro

So how did bistro restaurants begin? The original bistros developed in the apartment basements of Paris. Landlords would open up their kitchens as a secondary source of income, selling cheap and hearty foods to the paying public.

The social aspect of bistros meant that places like the Cafe Procope in Paris (which still operates today) became integral meeting points for the artistic and literary figures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Imagine Rousseau thinking on his social contract or Diderot compiling his Encyclopédie.

Often these set-ups would be organised outside buildings in the streets, facilitating the need for a smaller style of dining set to allow people to still pass by. This close proximity with the street made bistro’s synonymous with “people watching” as you couldn’t help but notice the rush of city life as it all passed by your table!

We’re not completely certain of where the word bistro comes from, but there are some stories which offer possible explanations. The most popular idea is that the word originated during the 1815 Russian Occupation of Paris, where Russian cossacks would cry “Bystra! Bystra!” to the restaurateurs. This roughly translates as “Hurry! Hurry!” which fits in with the developing style of the bistro as serving “fast food”. Whether this is true or not, we do know that the word Bistro entered both the French and Russian languages with the same meaning.

Another explanation is that the word originates from the French term “Bistreau” which translates as an innkeeper – more believable maybe, but certainly less romantic than Russian Cossacks in a hurry for their lunch.

What’s for Lunch?

Historically the food served at bistros reflected what was available locally or left over from landlords after serving their primary tenants. Menus were often made up with simple foods like soups, sandwiches, salads and crepes, served alongside coffee and wine and would likely change day to day depending on availability of ingredients.

Bistro Table With Coffee

This focus on food that’s simple, fast and relatively cheap has continued to the present day, though perhaps with a gentrified twist and a price tag to match in some chain stores…

How can I use a bistro set in my garden?

A bistro set is perfect for creating a dining space within a smaller section of your garden. If your outdoor space is a patio or balcony then these sets are ideal for adding a touch of style whilst saving on important floor space. Fold away chairs are perfect for dining on your own whilst having that extra seat available for guests and you can create a cosy space for yourself that’s perfect for morning breakfasts. What could be better than warm coffee and breakfast on the balcony, Parisian style.

Why not use a bistro set as an excuse to partition off a part of your garden and create a cosy dining area? To recreate that feeling of on-the-street closeness with life you could add interest around your table set. Perhaps a series of potted plants to add interest at differing heights? Or maybe position your set near some bird feeders so you can dine with the sound of birds singing each day and enjoy being closer to the wildlife in your garden. Maybe add some candles to the table and you’ve got a pleasant spot to spend a summer evening dining out or wrapped up with a good book.

From the streets of sixteenth-century Paris to your own back garden – a bistro set offers the perfect spot for hearty food and a good cup of coffee. With a style that’s made its way around the world bistro sets are an easy way to add a little Parisian style to your outdoor space.

All About Garden Birds, Animals, Birds, Megan, Wildlife

Welcome to our next post in our garden bird series. Today we will be taking a peek into the lives of chaffinches, one of the most common finches seen in British gardens. Their colourful plumage and loud song make the chaffinch unmistakable and unmissable in terms of bird watching. To find out more about the common chaffinch, read on!

All About Garden Birds: Chaffinches

What Does a Chaffinch Look Like?

The common chaffinch, latin name Fringilla coelebs, is a small passerine bird, or perching bird, that lies in the finch family, alongside goldfinches.

juvenile chaffinch
Juvenile Chaffinch

The male and female chaffinch both have white stripes on their tails and wings, but they differ greatly in colour. Males have strikingly coloured plumage, with a blueish-grey cap and copper underparts. The vibrant colours of the males’ feathers become even more pronounced during breeding season when they are attracting the more plain looking grey-brown females. Juvenile chaffinches resemble the female but are smaller in size.

Where Will I See Chaffinches?

Chaffinches are not migratory birds, so you will see it in the UK all year round. You will find them in woodlands, hedgerows and parks as well as in your garden.

All About Garden Birds: Chaffinches

The chaffinch is present in most of Europe, Asia and northwest Africa and was introduced from its native Britain to many of its overseas territories in the latter half of the 19th century. It is one of the most common and widespread birds in the finch family.

When Do Chaffinches Breed?

Males start defending their breeding territories as early as February, but breeding usually begins in late April. It is largely dependent on the Spring temperatures, occurring earlier in the south and later in the north. Breeding can continue until as late as July.

Mating begins by the male attracting a female to his territory with bird song. Three out of nine calls present in the chaffinch during the breeding season are courtship calls. The first two, “kseep” and “tchirp” are made by the male to facilitate pair formation and the last, “seep”, is a call that signals acceptance from the female. Interestingly, during the winter months when breeding is over, the number of calls diminishes from nine to only two for each sex.

chaffinch perching on a tree branch

Once paired, the female will build a nest with a deep cup in the fork of the tree. Nests are often very well camouflaged and difficult to locate to the untrained eye. Nesting materials include grass, moss, cobwebs and lichen, and the nest will be lined with feathers and rootlets.

Clutches typically consist of four to five eggs and are laid in the early morning at daily intervals. Eggs vary in colour, from off-white with brown spots to blueish-green. They are incubated for around 14 days by the female before fledglings hatch. Young are fed by both male and female before flying the nest several weeks later.

As chaffinches like to nest in trees, it is worth putting up a bird box that will help encourage breeding and may attract chaffinches to breed in your garden.

What Do Chaffinches Eat?

During breeding season, chaffinches feed mainly on invertebrates, feeding insects and caterpillars to their young. They search for their prey by foraging in trees and may even be seen catching flying insects in the air. Other invertebrates in their breeding season diet include spiders, earwigs and aphids.

chaffinch pecking at the ground

Outside of breeding season, chaffinches eat seeds and also feed directly off of plants. They are ground feeders, so you are likely to see them feeding off seeds that have fallen around your bird table. You can always invest in a ground feeder too if you would like to see more chaffinches in your garden.  

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed finding out about chaffinches in this post! Keep a look out for the next in this series, where we will be taking a deep dive into dunnocks. If you’ve missed out on any post in these series, check them out here:

Robins

Collared Doves

Blue Tits

Goldfinches

Megan at PrimroseMegan works in the Primrose marketing team. When she is not at her desk you will find her half way up a hill in the Chilterns
or enjoying the latest thriller series on Netflix. Megan also enjoys cooking vegetarian feasts with veggies from her auntie’s vegetable garden.

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