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Front of house porch with colourful front garden bed

Overview

Green isn’t the only colour that can appear in your garden. Splashes of bright reds, sunshine yellows, pastel pinks and soft whites can add interest and sparkle to any outdoor space. We’ve collated some of our favourite ways to introduce colour into your garden.

Steps

1Use colourful cacti

Cacti come in all shapes, sizes and hues, and they’re a great way to infuse your garden with colour. Best of all, they are hardwearing and low-maintenance, perfect for no-fuss gardens.

Colourful cactuses in garden

2Plant contrasting foliage

Different shades of green create a beautiful and soft aesthetic, and the sheer diversity of plants means it’s easy to layer your greens to cultivate a verdant garden. Instead of repeating the same plant over and over again, opt for plants that have slightly different leaf tones, creating a unique palette while maintaining continuity.

Different shades of green plants

3Choose flowering plants

Add pops of colour to your garden beds with the addition of plants like the Cordyline banksii. This striking plant has hot pink and purple-striped leaves, it can tolerate frost and full sun, and it is low-maintenance. Planting bulbs is another way to go, ensuring you have a longer season of colour and a wide variety of hues for most of the year.

Yellow shrub in the garden bed

4Use rocks and toppings

Rocks and toppings are a great way to add contrast and an earthy feel to your garden. Adding toppings to your flower beds will give the space a decorative and textured look and feel.

Rocks behind cactus and shrub

5Use paint for instant colour

Set the tone for your home by painting your front door an invitingly bright colour. There are endless options to choose from, like ocean blue or a pretty peach.

Continue spreading colour throughout your garden by painting the exterior of your home a fresh, bold colour, or taking a brush to your front fence or borders for a touch-up.

Green Bunnings hammer
Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment and follow the product’s instructions.
Bright pink painted benchtop area to sit with matching cushions

6Accessorise

Use accessories to give your space that ‘wow’ factor. Try a hanging bird box, candles or fairy lights.

Hanging birdbox from tree in yellow colour

7Sit back and enjoy

Now sit back and enjoy your fresh and vibrant garden!

Front of house with a fresh and vibrant garden

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.