Pantone Colors in the Garden
I like to think of all the green in our gardens as a ‘little black dress’; it is classic and never goes out of style. You can use that black dress as a background palette, dolling it up each year with accessories featuring whatever is the hot fashion color that year.
Similarly, a simple and easy way to make your landscape on pointe, is through annuals. And this year, for the first time, Pantone has chosen not one, but two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year. Leatrice Eisemen, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says, “Joined together Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” So not only will adding these two shades make your garden smart and stylish, they psychologically will provide stress relief.
Consider these selections from the HGTV HOME Plant Collection of Expressions Annuals™ to bring Rose Quartz into your everyday life!
Hot Tropics™ Soft Pink Breeze™ Mandevilla (above) will turn your back yard into an island paradise!
With its double blooms, frills and ruffles, Flamenco Pink™ Pop-N-Polish™ Petunia (above) will make you want to dance in the garden!
Whether alone as a mono-culture, or in a combo, Wondercalis™ Lavender calibrachoa (above) has 15-20% larger blooms which equates to more colorful flower power that both you and the hummingbirds will find irresistible.
I love it in the Confetti Craze™ Pastel Pizazz™ (above, top) and Lavenderberry Swirl™ (above, bottom) tri-color combos.
Or to attract butterflies, consider Burgundy Soul™ (above) of the Friendly Fusions™ line which matches Wondercalis™ Lavender calibrachoa with Stardust Siren™ Caladium, Flamenco Burgundy™ Petunia and StarDust Pink Pandora Euphorbia.
Periwinkle Tart Variegated™ Caryopteris (above) provides not only bright purple-blue blooms all summer but variegated deep gold and green foliage.
Pink Dots™ Spot-On Snowberry™ (above) brightens the winter landscape and attracts and feeds the birds and other wildlife.
Blueberry Daydream™ Sweet Nectar Bush Temptations™ (above) is a super-bloomer providing large blue flowers from summer through frost and attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Two blooms for the price of one! Pinkie Pinstripe™ Clematis (above) produces bi-color flowers late spring to early summer and then again in the fall.
Look to our Essential Perennials™ Collection for peaceful shades of blue flowers, like Light Blue Fay™ of Veronica’s Magic™ (above.).
Consider Blue Diva™ (above, top) or Purple Sequins™ (above, bottom) of the Lavish Lavender™ line which would also provide fragrance in addition to color.