Each year Pantone comes out with a “Color of The Year” and this years winner is…. “Living Coral”. This bright hue is a combination of pink and orange tones and works well as a complimentary color in all areas of the garden. It is described as being “energizing and enlivening” and is a warm and invigorating contrast to our often technically overloaded lives. It is a symbol of life and energy. Here are some plant choices to liven up your garden this year!
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1 – ‘Coral Drift’ Rose:
This rose is part of the “Drift” series of roses which are a spreading rose with high disease and insect resistance. A long bloomer this carpet rose will stun you! If you are looking for a groundcover with a little pizazz this easy to grow beauty makes a great addition to a rock garden, slope or as an “underplanting” under small trees and in the foreground of landscape shrubs. In full sun this rose can reach a mature size of 1 ½’ tall and 2 ½’ wide.
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2 – ‘Double Take Peach’ Quince:
As a medium sized landscape shrub (4′-5′ tall and wide) this thornless flowering Quince is a great addition to any landscape. Planted in full or part sun this mid to late spring bloomer is stunning! Try planting it in the back of a perennial garden, or keep it pruned well once a year to keep the size smaller and try it as a foundation plant. Prune after blooming in late spring/early summer. Note – this plant blooms the best on two year old wood. Prune about 1/3 out annually for the best blooms.
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3 – “Superbells Coralina”:
This annual comes to us from the Proven Winners plant line. It is an excellent addition to a mixed container and requires full to part sun. It continues to bloom all season long without deadheading! Try it in a hanging basket or in a patio pot. It tends to trail so this can be the “spiller” in your combination pots. (Meaning it “spills” over the edge of the pot.)
Bonus Tip – Combination pots look best with a “spiller” or trailing plant, a “filler” that is rounded or mounded, and a “thriller” or something that gets tall and is very showy.
Try adding a touch of “living coral” to your landscape today! To see the color or past colors visit: https://www.pantone.com/