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Planting with Colour

Plant forLife has teamed up with fashion expert and celebrity stylist, Mark Heyes and garden designer Chris Collins to help you choose your colour personality, work out your dominant colour and the plants that compliment them.

Which colour personality are you?

See the personality and planting colour guide below. (But be careful - the plants you choose need to be suitable for your garden! A whopping 90% of plants that die in their first year die because they are planted in the wrong place! Check all your plants using Shoot's unique plant check tool)

Romantic

Planting with colour

If you love life and see the good in everything, you must be a romantic at heart. You love the smaller things in life and are always considerate of others. You like to put a finishing touch to something so it stands out and shows how much you care.

You love your florals and sway towards the colour pink. Pastels are a must for you and you look gorgeous in creams, ivories and whites. If you tend to opt for darker shades, then you should try to include dusky colours and chocolate browns. The most important thing is that you remember to keep it light, bright, breezy and beautiful!

Suggested plants: Your dominant colours are fuchsia, rose pink, bluebell and mint.

Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb' (Fuchsia 'Tom Thumb')
Evergreen magnolia 'Exmouth' (Magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth')
Needle palm 'Ivory' (Yucca flaccida 'Ivory')
Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Large-flowered jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus)

Vivacious

Planting with colour

If you're confident in yourself and have a bubbly personality, then this is the one for you. Friends and family come to you when they are feeling down as they know you can always add a cheer and a put a smile to their face.

You must feel comfortable in your skin, and be prepared to be daring with colour. Be bold, bright and beautiful and style yourself with fashionable, basic colours including coral, azure and tangerine. Don't be afraid to introduce vibrant colours through accessories and statement garments.

Suggested plants: Your dominant colours are apple green, cobalt blue, jade and daffodil yellow.

Globeflower (Trollius europaeus)
Lithodora diffusa 'Grace Ward'
Bowles' golden sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea')
French marigold 'Safari' (Tagetes patula 'Safari')
Sea holly (Eryngium bourgatii)
Plantain lily (Hosta sieboldiana)
Zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis 'Zebrinus')

Mysterious

Planting with colour

You may not be that confident in yourself but have a love of fashion, beauty and style. You keep people second guessing and are always one to surprise and keep secrets. You err on the side of caution and can be difficult to read. You lean towards a love of deep reds and rich aubergines, not forgetting some fabulously glamorous metallics. Apart from the obvious choice of black, navy can always look great. But if you are a fan of black try introducing a splash of colour like a vibrant purple - this versatile colour works with any skin tone.

Suggested plants: Your dominant colours are violet, purple, amber and claret.

Smoke bush 'Grace' (Cotinus x dummeri 'Grace')
Viola 'Huntercombe Purple'
Delphinium 'Blue Nile'
Freesia 'Yellow River'
Wormwood 'Powis Castle' (Artemisia 'Powys Castle')
Common houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)
Larkspur 'Dwarf Hyacinth' (Delphinium consolida 'Dwarf Hyacinth Mix')
Chile lantern tree (Crinodendron hookerianum)

Sultry

Planting with colour

If you have an underlying sexy edge, but don't always like to show it then this is the personality for you. You are sophisticated in nature and glamorous in style with a sultry but subtle twist.

You like subtle soft shades of charcoal and stony taupes, but your favourite colour is black and you wear it with style. Certain key colours will play a part in your wardrobe through accessories and statement pieces so check out your prominent colour and see how you can add some pizzazz to any outfit!

Suggested plants: Your dominant colours are buff, red, amber and moss green.

Stonecrop 'Cape Blanco' (Sedum spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco')
Black mondo (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens')
Flame nasturtium (Tropaeolum speciosum)
Russian cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Scotch marigold 'Flame Dancer' (Calendula officinalis 'Flame Dancer')
Japanese maple 'Bloodgood' (Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood')
Corkscrew hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta')

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