Based on ten of the most talked-about and photographed gardens in the world, new colour palettes unique to each garden showcase the key colours that make each garden so recognisable.
Ten key colours and shades have been selected from each garden to highlight each location’s unique palette.
The Gardens of Versailles, Versailles, France
Situated to the west of the Palace of Versailles, these gardens date back to the time of Louis XIV and feature a mosaic of meticulous lawns, sculptures and fountains on around 800 hectares of land.
The gardens’ colour palette combines earthy sand tones on the pathways and buildings with a variety of exciting greens from the deep shades of the trees to the lighter grass, topped off with the eucalyptus grey-green of the water in the middle.
Majorelle Garden (Yves Saint Laurent’s house & garden) Marrakech, Morocco
The world-famous cobalt blue of La Jardin Majorelle takes centre stage amongst the 300 plant species from five continents that make up this psychedelic desert garden design. Bought by French fashion designer Yves Saint Lauren in 1980, the garden is now Morocco’s most visited tourist attraction, attracting over 900,000 visitors a year.
The garden employs a rich and hypnotic colour scheme, with the electric blue and vibrant mustard yellow sitting aside the grey-green of the cactus and the bright turquoise of the water and the arches.
Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France
Claude Monet’s iconic garden is a Japanese-inspired water garden that sits beside his Giverny home that he bought in 1883. When designing the garden, he chose to arrange flowers according to their colours and let them grow freely since he did not like the idea of organised or constrained gardens.
The serene pond, the mesmerising lilies, the wisteria-covered Japanese bridge and the rest of Monet’s flower garden feature in approximately 250 oil paintings by the French impressionist. Today, over 500,000 visitors head to the gardens each year to soak up the place that inspired some of the world’s most famous art.
New York Botanical Garden, New York, USA
Located in Bronx Park, the New York Botanical Garden was established in 1891 and is home to over 1 million living plants. Spanning more than 250 acres, the gardens feature 50 acres of old-growth woodlands, a wetland trail, an azalea garden and the internationally renowned Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, which is home to more than 650 different varieties of roses.
The crisp whites of the dome contrast with vibrant blues and greens to create a fresh and relaxing colour palette that would work beautifully in any garden.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo, Japan
One of Tokyo’s largest and most popular parks, Shinjuku Gyoen turns a subtle shade of candyfloss pink as cherry blossoms envelop the landscape in spring. From late March to early April, more than 400 Somei Yoshino trees explode in a celebration of the beloved pink hue.
Established in 1603, the park features three different gardens – the oldest is a traditional Japanese landscape garden, and the other two are a formal French garden and an English landscape garden.
A subtle range of cherry blossom shades dominates the colour scheme here, complemented by the darker colours in the water and the fresh greens of the grass.
Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Pattaya City, Thailand
Rich gold and lush green epitomise the colour palette in this tropical Thai botanical garden. Stretching over 500 acres, the garden was originally purchased with the intention of developing the land as a fruit plantation. Thankfully, the owners decided to use the land to create a wildlife conservation project instead and the garden was opened to the public in 1980.
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands
Considered ‘the most beautiful spring garden in the world’, Keukenhof is the world's largest and most famous flower park, boasting more than 7 million flowers in bloom between April and May, including tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises and lilies.
Visitors are said to be overwhelmed by a spectacle of colour and perfume, and the colour palette here is a glorious riot of colour – from punchy pinks to glorious greens, layered with yellows, blues and reds on top.
Las Pozas, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
The Las Pozas garden (translated to ‘The Pools’) is a vast garden punctuated by surrealist structures that stand out against the lush colours of the jungle that surrounds it. Created by British poet Edward James who was looking for his very own ‘Garden of Eden’, the site shows that his vision was definitely achieved.
Gardens by the Bay, Central Region, Singapore
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Singapore, which has seen well over 50 million visitors since its creation, Gardens by the Bay brings nature right into the bustling city. Spanning some 250 acres that consist of waterfront gardens, the largest glass greenhouse in the world and its instantly recognisable ‘Supertrees’, the garden forms part of the nation’s plan to transform Singapore into a ‘City in a Garden’.
Bodnant Gardens, Colwyn Bay, UK
You can always expect beauty at a National Trust property in the UK, and Bodnant Gardens brings it in abundance. Covering some 80 acres of Welsh hillside, the garden consists of multiple areas that range from rose gardens to lily ponds; however, its most photographed section is arguably the Laburnum Arch.
Dating back more than 100 years, the Arch seems readymade for the perfect Instagram shot, with a sky of sunshine yellow running overhead, while spots of pink and green pepper the sides.