The Terracotta garden trend is taking TikTok by storm, with over 247.4k views. This summer, terracotta emerged as a prominent trend at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, showcasing its timeless appeal and versatility in a wide range of spaces.

In this article, Georgina Read, Director at Paving Superstore, shares her expert tips for incorporating the trend in just 5 easy tips for your garden.


1. Add terracotta tiles:

Terracotta tiles are a great colour to use in a garden, especially when you want to add a bit of warmth and depth to your planting beds. Terracotta tiles have an earthy, warm and rustic appearance that brings a natural and timeless beauty to your garden. Terracotta tiles are known for their durability and ability to withstand various weather conditions meaning they are resistant to fading, cracking and discolouration, making them a reliable choice for outdoor use.

Cream furniture looks light and mediterranean on a terracotta balcony or terrace

2. Use as an accent colour:

Incorporating terracotta can go a long way in adding visual interest to your garden. Utilising terracotta as an accent colour for borders can provide a subtle yet striking contrast to the surrounding elements in your garden. By outlining your flower beds, vegetable patches, or hardscape features with terracotta tiles or edging, you create a boundary that enhances the overall aesthetics and beautifully complements the rust-inspired elements.

3. Pair with other warm colours:

Terracotta looks especially beautiful when paired with other warm colours, such as gold, orange and red. When designing your garden, use these colours together in plant arrangements or in clusters throughout your garden. Incorporating terracotta pottery and planters into your garden design is another excellent way to infuse the rust-inspired trend.

Fresh flowers in clay pots on wooden summer terrace

4. Use to highlight foliage:

The rich hue of terracotta is also great for highlighting green foliage in the garden. Try using it as a background colour behind shrubs, against a fence line, or as your paving slabs. The rich tones of terracotta provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. This technique works particularly well with plants that have varying shades of green, as the terracotta background adds depth and visual interest to the overall composition.

modern residence, panorama seen from the terracotta tiled terrace

5. Bring the theme indoors:

Expanding the rust-inspired theme to the interior of your home can create a cohesive and seamless transition from your outdoor space. To do so, incorporate terracotta planters indoors, selecting a variety of sizes and shapes. Fill these planters with vibrant green foliage or flowering plants to contrast beautifully with the warm terracotta tones. Placing them strategically on your porch or patio will create a connection between the outdoor and indoor spaces while adding natural beauty to your home.

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