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Theme Garden Design Process: Color

Theme Garden Design Process: Color

We have finally reached one of the most exciting steps: translating ideas to physical form!  This is when we take some of those great words on our brainstorming and research lists to inspire choices of all our garden goodies.


1. Pick a theme

2. Brainstorm

3. Research

4. Translate to physical form (I'll cover colors below!)

5. Create the plan

This step will also take the longest because we have a lot to pick out....including:

  • colors

  • structure

  • hardscapes

  • furniture

  • ornamentation

  • plant materials

I plan to cover color today then the rest in subsequent posts.


The first part of this step is choosing colors for our theme garden. Our color palette will help us choose furniture, plants, hardscapes, etc. We do this by sifting through our brainstorming and research lists, then look for clues of color choices. Some are obvious while some are not.

I have to admit, knitting was a tough one for me. Since yarn can be any color in the rainbow I needed more restrictions (since it's important to limit your colors to five or less for simplicity sake). With your comments, plus some additional research, I was able to settle on a color palette and more importantly, one that I loved (it's important that you're energized by your choices). The color palette below was inspired by the cable knit of fisherman's sweaters at the turn of the 20th century.

One of you said something that inspired me to turn in this direction...a comment about neutral colors and the beauty of cables.  With additional research (see below), I was able to focus more, which in turn will assist me in future design decisions.

Of course, my color choices could have veered into many directions.  What colors would you have chosen for your knitting garden? Here are some others I considered and why:

  • Blue and white (colors of first knitted socks found in Egypt)

  • Bright, warm colors (reminded me of those cute yarn pompoms)

  • Red (color of socks found in the Middle East crafted in an earlier form of knitting called nalbinding)

  • Pink, Orange and Yellow (these are the colors in a special afghan knitted by my grandmother)

In my next post I'll discuss how to add structure to our knitting garden.  Until then, you're invited to peek at my KNITTING GARDEN PINTEREST BOARD as I sift through many inspirational images while attempting to narrow down choices towards our final design. 

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Theme Garden Design Process: Structure

Theme Garden Design Process: Structure

Theme Garden Design Process: Brainstorming & Research

Theme Garden Design Process: Brainstorming & Research