Purple lavender field in a garden

Each year, The Pantone Color Institute chooses a “color of the year”, a reflection of current trends in the design world and pop culture at large. For 2018, Pantone has chosen Ultra Violet, a vivid purple hue, as their color of the year. Execute Director Leatrice Eiseman explains the choice:

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to Pantone 18-3838 Ultra Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level. From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come”.

Those of you who are longtime lovers of purple are no doubt pleased with this news! And even if you’ve never considered yourself a “purple fan”, you might be wondering how to incorporate this year’s trending color into your landscape.

Plants. We carry many varieties of flowering plants that will add a burst of vibrant purple to your gardens. Remember to consider several varieties that bloom at different times, to keep the theme going all year. Come visit our nursery, and we’ll help you choose from varieties of Verbena, Clematis, Iris, Salvia, Violets, and more.

Edible plants. Lavender not only smells delicious, but can also be used in a variety of applications around the home (teas, baked goods, sachets, homemade soaps, and more). Thyme is another handy herb, and it produces beautiful purple flowers. And of course, there is always purple cabbage, which can be used in vegetable beds and even as an ornamental border.

A quick and easy burst of color. If you’re feeling impatient, you don’t have to wait for your new purple-hued plants to sprout. Ultra Violet is sure to take over the home décor world this year, so look for new cushions and throw pillows for your patio furniture.

Remember, we’re here to offer advice on any new plants you might be considering. Just stop by our nursery and we’ll be happy to help you choose the perfect purple flowers and foliage for your yard.

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