If you cook, garden or decorate, you’ll be happy to know that the Pantone Color Institute has announced “Greenery” as the 2017 Color of the Year. Not your everyday, plain ole green, mind you, but Greenery to capture nature’s inspiration and how it signifies healthier foods, the great outdoors and “go-green” environmental concepts especially.
Before we go too far, you should know that Pantone System was created in the fifties to standardize color reproduction in the printing world. Then the Pantone Color Institute came along and decided to brighten things up a bit. It rolled out a color of the year that that quickly became the bellwether for design, fashion and myriad trends – and yes, that includes landscaping.
By introducing Greenery’s refreshing yellow-green hue to your outdoor world, you’re tapping into the minimalist movement of getting back to nature, of basking in its sunshine. Of course, it’s pretty easy to find shades of green to add to your garden, but what about other colors? Lucky for you, the Institute selected nine more colors to influence this year’s trends: Island Paradise, Flame, Lapis Blue, Primrose Yellow, Hazelnut, Kale, Pink Yarrow, Pale Dogwood and Niagara. Here are a few plant suggestions to get your landscape blooming in style:
- Island paradise–plumbago
- Flame–firecracker or Canna lily
- Lapis blue–blue daze
- Primrose yellow–yellow hibiscus
- Hazelnut–light pink begonia
- Kale–Bay laurel
- Pink Yarrow–Barbara Karst bougainvillea
- Pale dogwood–dwarf pink oleander
Now that we’ve translated Pantone’s colors into plant choices for you, it’s your turn. Visit your local nursery, or better yet, contact a professional landscape design company. After all, who doesn’t need to revitalize and renew? Just walking outside to view your Southwest Florida landscape can reinvigorate your creativity and sense of awe.
One company we KNOW will provide you with outstanding recommendations is ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design. You can reach us at artistree.com or 941.488.8897 to set an appointment — we serve Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Now get growing!