The Pantone color of the year for 2018 is “Ultra Violet” – a bright, deep purple described as appealing to our imagination, sense of adventure and need to explore. It is a deep color, rich in hue that invigorates and inspires. So do not be surprised to see an abundance of all things purple this year. From clothes to furniture and more will all sport a purple hue. What does that mean for gardens? Here are a few of our favorite flowers and vegetables featuring….Ultra Violet.
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Eggplant – We all know that eggplant is healthy, and purple but did you know it is actually a fruit!? This little fruit is high in vitamins and minerals and low in fat, cholesterol and sodium. Besides being beautiful it makes a great alternative in dishes that usually feature pasta.
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Clematis – Once established, Clematis is a beautiful spring or summer blooming vine that covers a trellis or pergola quickly. Be sure to check which variety you are planting because there is a lot of variety in this species. Some bloom in the spring and some in the summer. Some varieties bloom off old vines (which shouldn’t be cut back) and some grow new from the ground each year. All varieties like their root systems protected from heat in the summer and cold in the winter. There is a Clematis for every garden!
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Salvia ‘Caradonna’ – We love this perennial so much we can’t say it enough. If you are looking for a tough, re-blooming perennial – this is a great choice. The plant blooms in late spring and if cut back after blooming will bloom again in the fall. The flowers are very long blooming and a favorite of pollinators. Bonus- their spicy fragrance makes them deer resistant.
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Persian Shield (Annual) – This easy to grow annual is all about the foliage. It can be grown in either containers or in planting beds. Featuring the bright purple color “Ultra Violet” and deeper purple veins they really pop and make a wonderful contrast to other annual flowers like yellow, bright pink and white. Bonus – this stunner will look good from spring until fall providing color all season long.
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Consider planting an “Ultra Violet” plant in your garden this season!