Who is Pantone and why do people care when they announce their choice for Color of the Year?
The Pantone Color Institute is a global authority that consults with companies on color – the color of their brands, the color of their products and how to use color to influence their customers. Pantone is recognized as the expert on color trends. Their trend forecasts influence everything from fashions on the runway and fabrics in home décor to the color of furniture and kitchen appliances.
Color affects our moods and inspires our ideas. As a person passionate for all things purple, I think Pantone made the perfect choice when they named Ultra Violet its Color of the Year for 2018.
According to their website, they believe Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future. Sounds perfect for gardeners. Gardens reflect their gardeners’ unique visions; gardeners are certainly resourceful as they rise to the challenges their gardens present; and we plant bulbs in fall for spring bloom, start seeds and wait, and plant trees for the next generation.
If you want to be trendy or just want to add more ultra violet to your landscape to communicate originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking, there is a plethora of plants with pretty purple posies.
Color the landscape purple in early spring with crocuses.
A few weeks later columbines show off their unique flowers.
Baptisia australis, irises, lilacs and Allium ‘Globemaster’ keep purple popping throughout spring.
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Hydrangea ‘Bloomstruck’ bloom all summer and into autumn.
Paint purple on the walls of the garden with the blooms of clematis as their tendrils twine themselves up trellises or arbors.
Lots of annuals fill borders with purple flowers from late spring to early fall.
Verbena ‘EnduraScape Blue’, Petunia ‘Blue Sky’ and Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’ are just three appealing purple picks.
Purple is a predominant color in my landscape. If Pantone’s decision persuades growers to create more purple plants, pot companies to produce more purple pots and product designers to fabricate everything from purple chair cushions to wind spinners in purple, I am all for it.
Do you love purple as much as I do? Or is there another color that dominates your garden? Garden with me!