Real World Gardener Hot Colours in Design Elements

June 12th, 2015

 REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Real World Gardener is funded by the Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF).

The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition. The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website


with garden designer Lesley Simpson

Using Hot Colours

This series is all about colour in the garden.


The best way to learn how to use colour in the garden is to try different combinations and decide what you like and don't like.

Red adds energy and excitement and this colour works well as an accent and to highlight an area. But not everyone likes red in the garden.

On the other hand perhaps you’re after a garden where the colours jump out at you?

If you do, this segment’s for you.

There are many ways of combining colours for different effects.

 Colours change constantly depending on their surroundings and colours seem to change depending on what they’re next to, as well as how much light they receive, what texture the flower is, and so on.

Hot colours can look cool when teamed with white.

A colour's brightness gets more so when it is placed next to a contrasting colour (one that falls opposite it on the colour wheel).

A colour’s intensity gets less when placed next to a colour that lies next to it on the colour wheel).



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