Every year, the Pantone Color of the Year search is an extensive, in-depth look into today’s trends. This includes deep-dives into popular culture such as film making, new artist collections, common lifestyles, and socio-economic standings from all around the world. For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced the growing world around you, including your landscaping. This year’s color, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, is an uplifting and soft variation of purple.
Here are some ways you can incorporate this trendy color into your landscape:
Trees like Japanese Maples can provide purples and reds in the landscape all summer long. While also showing off a unique texture and branching habit, these plants are sure to be a focal point in your garden. Beech trees are also available in variations of purples, and have an interesting appeal to themselves. Spring flowering trees such as Magnolias, Crabapples, and Redbuds are another way to incorporate this trendy purple into your landscape.
Shrubs such as Weigela and Barberry have deep purple foliage’s to compliment the softer Very Peri color. Butterfly Bush come in a variety of flowering purples, and are very helpful in encouraging pollination in your garden by emitting their sweet scent.
Perennials provide rotating interest in the garden throughout the season. Let’s go through a few perennials for different times of flowering. The majority of Irises will bloom in the spring and summer and can be found in purples ranging from white to almost black. Rozanne Geranium is a low-mounding perennial that produces light purple/blue flowers from late-spring to early fall. Most Aster are late-summer/early-fall flowering, and can be found in any shade of purple imaginable.
Groundcovers are a great way to fill empty space, and reduce the amount of mulch in your garden year after year. Vinca has a glossy true-green leaf, and puts on a periwinkle-colored flower in the early-spring and sporadically throughout the summer. Creeping phlox creates a lush carpet of flowers through the spring and summer, and is great along rock walls and secondary walkways.
Annuals are always a great way to add pops of color and texture in the landscape, while livening up the overall look and keeping with trends. Think of elegant purples and blues. Cold-hardy Pansies are a great choice for early-spring and fall displays, while Supertunia’s offer an array of purples to provide a vibrant summer-long display.
When choosing a plant for your space, always to be sure and consider the challenges you may face in the location you are looking to plant.
Remember, always choose the plant for the location, not the location for the plant.
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