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How painting your exterior walls can up your garden-game

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Is your garden looking flat, boring and old fashioned? Well maybe it’s not your garden that needs the overhaul… Yes, you may need to spruce up a few areas, but have you ever considered that what is actually letting down the whole outside area of your home may be drab boundary and garden wall paint colours.


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South African gardens are made up of a variety of shades of green, the natural landscape around us offers a colour wheel of possibilities with the most spectacular warm earthy soil tones and very rich dark colours; dark brown, greys and almost black in very marshy areas. Flowers brighten up our lives with their petals and the leaves provide an interesting backdrop of green, yellow, silver and grey. When landscaping colour is not just about the plants that we use, painting walls and using different materials makes a landscape pop above the rest.

If unsure of what colour would suit your garden, pick up a few colour swatches or even buy a 1 litre paint from a paint store near you and test that colour on a few walls around your garden.

The right shade of perfect for you

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Colour plays a huge role in our lives, so much so that it affects us emotionally and has an impact on what we like to see and buy.

Top tip: Colours such as red, bright yellow, pink, bright lime green are stimulating colours while light blues and greys are calming colours.

Being able to use bright and subtle colours in a garden makes a garden stand out. Landscape designers use two types of colours in a garden: Ephemeral (plant colour that changes throughout the season such as leaves that change colour or different types of flowers) and fixed, which could be a wall and even your lawn that stays green throughout the year. The trick is to combine both of these colour types. That will make your garden really stand out.

A grey wall makes the green leaves stand out, if using a stimulating colour such as a red or yellow it is best to have a focal point such as an art work in the foreground, thus the focal point will stand out. If you are going to use very stimulating colours on your wall then a very minimalistic modern contemporary garden will suit the vibrant theme.

I hope these tips inspire you to create an outside area you truly love spending time in.


Got a burning question? Email mariette@hometimes.co.za and we’ll be sure to assist


Who is Nicholas Spargo?

Nicholas Spargo, owner of Spargo Landscape Consultants.

Nicholas Spargo, owner of Spargo Landscape Consultants.

Nicholas Spargo, owner of Spargo Landscape Consultants, has been in the landscape trade for 12 years as well as being a lecturer at the Lifestyle Garden Design Centre for the past year. He was awarded a Gold for a design at the Lifestyle Garden Design Centre Design Show in 2008, is an Invasive Species Consultant and is affiliated with the South African Green Industries Council.

Landscaping and education are very close to his heart.

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