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Pantone Color of the Year 2018 - Ultra Violet
Purple Crepe Myrtle Varieties (Muskogee & Catawba)
Butterfly Bush
Purple Cabbage
Purple Carrots
Beauty Berry

And the 2018 Pantone Color of the Year is....

The world authority of colors, Pantone, has recently revealed its highly anticipated Color of the Year for 2018, PANTONE 18-3838 – or as most know it, Ultra Violet. The choice is described by Pantone as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, ultra violet communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” Pantone’s Color of the Year selections are intended to reflect the current moods, fashion trends and current concepts in the world at the time.

Ultra Violet is quite a contrast from Pantone’s color selection for 2017, which was the grassy fresh, revitalizing shade, Greenery, PANTONE 15-0343. While Greenery was all about finding clarity and harmony in a turbulent world, Ultra Violet seems to welcome the unknown. Designers and brands are encouraged to use the appointed color to inspire and influence everything from home and business design, to housewares and fashion to art and food. One things for certain, this color will be appearing everywhere from upholstery, to lipstick and shoes, to just about everything imaginable, including the garden.

For the garden industry, the key to any color trend is knowing how to utilize and incorporate it into relevant products like pots, tools, outdoor decor and accessories and of course, plant material and landscape design. And luckily for the plant world, purple is one of the most popular flower colors and has long been a staple in the garden. If you would like to jump on the Ultra Violet color trend bandwagon, try incorporating some of these purple variety plants into your garden in 2018:

Perennials: asters, meadow sage, agastache, tulips, coneflower, iris, allium, dahlias, lavender, huchera and agapanthus

Annuals: verbena, petunia, angelona, salvia, sweet pea, zinnia and sage

Trees & Shrubs: lilac, clematis, loropetalum, crepe myrtle, hydrangeas, liriope, beauty berry, azaleas, butterfly bush and hyrdrangea

Vegetables: eggplant, and purple beans, carrots, ornamental cabbage and peppers.

Hellebore, A Flower with Spunk

Hellebore - A Flower with Spunk

As the fall leaves drop and the cooler weather arrives, it’s hard to imagine a winter landscape that is alive with color and texture. But you don’t have to do without beautiful blooms throughout the long, cold days of winter. If you’re looking to add color to your frost-covered landscape, we have just the thing - hellebores. These winter wonders are packed with flower power and are essential for any cold-weather garden.

With lots of colors to choose from, you’ll have a difficult time selecting just one variety of these shade-loving perennials. Hellebores take center stage in the garden in late winter and into early spring. Thriving in shade, these evergreen plants manage to thwart off frost and wind damage, producing some of the most captivating flowers you'll ever see. Here’s a few our favorite varieties:

Hellebores Pink Frost - burgundy stems support leathery leaves with a silver frosting. The flowers are a combination of white, pink, and deep rose tones and are upward facing - unusual for a hellebore. 'Pink Frost' is evergreen, long blooming, and deer resistant too! Makes a superb ground-cover and choice perennial for shady borders.

Hellebore Jacob - characterized by its smooth, dark green foliage with striking, crisp 2-3 inch white flowers. This early bloomer flowers from mid-November to January, just in time for the holidays! The flowers mature to a pink and rose color in cool temperatures. In warmer temperatures, they mature to light green. Hellebores can be used in containers, in flower beds or simply tucked under a tree. Jacob is the perfect cure for long winters and cabin fever. Oh, and just one more thing…they’re deer resistant too.

Hellebore Jesko - features large, pure, white blooms maturing to pale yellow-green. Evergreen leaves are deep green with a leathery texture. Jesko has a compact habit and is easy to grow. Blooms in early winter and is ideal for patio pots, entryways and as a ground-cover in the landscape. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and is deer resistant. Once planted and established, Jesko will bring joy to the garden for many years to come.

Hellebore Merlin - this magical perennial boasts outward-facing, light pink to pink flowers brushed with cranberry on burgundy tinted stems. It’s foliage is a rich green with light veining all year long. Merlin blooms from late winter to early spring and prefers well drained soil in partial to full shade with protection from the winter winds. Perfect planted in beds, borders or in containers. Merlin is sure to cast a colorful spell in your winter garden.