• Sandi Manna

Pantone Institute's 2018 Color of the Year

I'm not much of a fasionista, but Pantone has recently named it's color of the year. It's Ultra Violet.

Why do we care? How does this affect your landscape?

Simple: colors trend. Color influences so much of what we do, and this color will be no exception. It will be marketed heavily from tableware to outdoor living products, and yes, even flowering plants.

Personally, I like that they chose Ultraviolet. Purple brings together two completely opposite colors, red and blue, and harmoniously unites them to create a totally different, rich color with it's own unique properties. Purple is a color steeped in history. Purple is a color that is associated with royalty, wealth, and power. Purple used to be a difficult color to produce, being elicited from an extensive process involving-of all things-snails. Since then, all shades of purple transcended themselves to represent spirituality and grace.

It has been said that the color purple, specifically violet, subconsciously promotes harmony of both mind and emotion and that is a direct correlation to mental stability, balance and peace of mind. The result? Inspiration and the pursuit of creative endeavors. Artists, musicians, composers and poets alike, seem to find inspiration in this hue of purple which is known for both it's revelation as well as ambition and extravagance.

So what does all this have to do with your landscape? Purple is such a rich hue, and there are so many plants to choose from, it might serve as inspiration for your landscape this year. Purple seems to be a relatively agreeable color to most everyone.

Whenever we meet a client and discuss their landscape, we always ask if there are any specific colors they would like incorporated or left out. We once had a client in Guilford state that she really did not like the color pink because it reminded her of Pepto Bismol (you can be sure there was no pink in her landscape when we were done!), but we've never had anyone ask to have purple left out. We did have one client in Old Saybrook who loved purple and wanted it throughout her landscape.

Here are just a few plants that reflect the Pantone color of the year:

Lilac 'BailBridget'

Catmint 'Bokratune'

Penstemon 'Pmoore 14'

Salvia 'nemorosa'

Echinacea 'Green Twister'

Does this color of the year inspire you to take the first steps to reimagining your landscape? Are you looking for someone to help you realize the full potential of your property? At M&M Garden Designs we would love to work with you to help you discover all your outdoor living space has to offer. When you're ready, reach out and we'll be delighted to work with you to help create your perfect outdoor space.

For more information on Pantone's Color of the Year 2018 visit their website: