Professional garden designers have a trick up their sleeve – they inject colour into the permanent structures in their gardens…

The plot brightens: Tulips, hyacinths and bellis in vividly coloured pots. Photograph: GAP Photos/Hanneke Reijbroek - Design: Jacque;ine van der Kloet Styling: Erik Klein Schiphorst

Gardeners work their green fingers to the bone trying to coax colour from plants, but as anyone with a few grey hairs will tell you, sometimes nature needs a little help. So why not add some permanent colour or a few highlights to liven up your outdoor space?

As with so much in design, less is more, so sticking to a single colour will give the garden a sense of unity. It pays to purchase sample pots and paint old offcuts of wood. These can be placed around the garden to judge the effects of light, weather and associated planting, all of which can change how colour performs. (Source: By Dawn Isaacs , The Guardian )

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