One aspect of gardening that many of us have trouble with is applying the elements of design to our landscaping and garden design, especially when the design isn’t planned as a whole. This can lead to a variety of problems, such as jarring colour combinations or distractingly busy gardens. One of the most common problems in garden designs is that they just turn out a little boring or mismatched. A great way to fix this is to add a little contrast, and here are some ideas to help you do that.
Add colour- Add colour with your foliage by using a dark green foliage with a red or purple. The Whitsundays has a vast majority of tropical plants available to be able to contrast dark and light colours. Complete this with a complimentary garden bed rock so you can compartmentalise your gardens.
Adding form- Paint the back walls or fences of garden perimeters and scale plants from small to large. If you have low, stout bushes add a few tall thin trees as accents. If you have round forms add some spear-shaped plants to break up uniformity.
A more subtle way to add interest is by contrasting textures within the garden. On the smaller level, this can mean using smooth, glossy leaves with softer or even ruffled foliage. Using gravel or stone under a very textured shrub can be a very striking view. A smooth stone pathway through soft grass or mulched planting beds is a wonderful contrast.