Colour of the year: Ultra vibrant ultra violet
After the fresh Greenery of 2017, gardeners can get excited about the brilliant tone of this year’s Ultra Violet. We’re talking about the colour of the year as chosen by Pantone, the colour standards people.
This brilliant colour was chosen for its mystical, spiritual properties that promote mindfulness, energize the viewer and inspire connection. For gardeners, there is a healthy set of choices among the ultra violet plants that can do all those good things for you in your garden this year.
• For the most stunning violets, there are a number of luminescent morning glories, some with a contrasting centre, that will help you start off the day with fresh energy.
• The humble crocus, harbinger of spring, has a morning fresh ultra violet hue.
• Verbena ‘Homestead Purple’ is a very strong ultra violet shade.
• Oxalis ‘Summer Wine’ or ‘Francis’ sport little pink flowers that you will probably cut to put in your pansy vase.
• Allium, the large flowered drumsticks, skirt around the ultra violet tone but make just enough contrast in form and colour to keep it interesting.
• Clematis loves her ultra violet dress and she has many different ones. Try ‘Jackmanii’ for the almost perfect match.
• There is a lisianthus that has been touched by heaven. She is white with ultra violet kisses on the edges of her petals. This luminescent flower also comes in purples and blues.
• Campanula glomerata, the beautiful bully of the garden, will stun you with her ultra violet but you will have to figure out how to keep her under control.
• The beauty of Osteospermum has been corrupted with yellows and oranges, but she is at her most beauteous when allowed to display her violet eyes or spoon-shaped violet petals.
• Many annuals glow with brilliant ultra violet colours: the divinely scented heliotrope, some verbena, petunias and pansies to name just a few. Oh, and don’t forget powder puff asters or asters of all types, for that matter.
• Think of the brilliant hues of lilacs, particularly ‘Bail Bridget’, which has purple stems. New leaves are also violet. The flowers are very close to the Pantone colour.
• Veronica spicata comes in a heavenly violet. Veronica also attracts honey bees.
The Colour Association has a different take for 2018: They are pushing a palette that “suggests a life balance” and includes “Vapor”, a muted blue grey with slight green tones; “Evolve”, a stony mushroom grey; “Re-value”, a green with blue roots; and “Enjoy Life”, a pale yellow that suggests the early morning light.
There are plenty of flowers, like this crocus, that come close to this brilliant colour for the garden.
You can even find plants that offer brilliant foilage, like Oxalis 'Summer Wine'.
The official colour of the year: Ultra Violet.
Above: Osteospermum; Below: Powder puff asters.