• Sandi Manna

Coral Flowers: The Hot Color Your Garden Can Benefit From

Color is all the rage, but especially true in the garden! This year Pantone's color of the year is coral. It's interesting to note all the discussion about the social media landscape and how difficult it can make our lives. We're a society of over scheduled, over tired, and increasingly pressured society. The trend forecasters and color experts at The Pantone Institute have chosen Coral as the 2019 color of the year due to it's "Life Affirming" and "Nurturing" qualities.

The Associated Press interviewed Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the company to get the thoughts behind the color. “With everything that’s going on today, we’re looking for those humanizing qualities because we’re seeing online life dehumanizing a lot of things,” Pressman told The Associated Press ahead of Wednesday’s annual color unveiling. “We’re looking toward those colors that bring nourishment and the comfort and familiarity that make us feel good. It’s not too heavy. We want to play. We want to be uplifted.”, she told the Associated Press. You can read the entire article here: https://apnews.com/0fce795692a54c30967b17846282a271

The addition of coral in the garden has always reminded me of a tropical environment. Tropical flowers in warm breezes surrounded by turquoise water...

It's super easy to add this tropical color to your landscape. Many times gardeners don't pay much attention to trends, but a little creative inspiration now and again is always welcome. This is one we can all truly embrace. This year's color of the year is the most garden-friendly in years. It's a fantastic color all on it's own, but is also very rewarding when inspiring various color combinations.

If you're looking to add coral to your landscape, the choices are many. Dahlias offer a wide variety of bold color combinations -many of which incorporate the color coral. Dahlia's can be used in a border or a container and can be treated as an annual, or lifted in the fall and replanted for another year of beauty. We have a client in Durham, CT that absolutely loves Dahlias, so we load her garden up with a variety every year. Dahlias can be treated as annuals, or you can dig them up in the fall, store them over the winter and plant them again in the spring.

Another fabulous annual that really gives a tropical feel is Hibiscus. I love the lush, tropical feel these giant flowers can provide to patios when in containers, I feel like I've been transported to a Caribbean island. We utilized hibiscus in one of our Madison, CT gardens last season. Our client has a vanishing edge pool and we want to be sure nobody vanishes over the edge accidentally, so we placed several containers along the patio edge and planted them with hibiscus among some other annuals. The effect was stunning and really gave the area a tropical feel!

Echinacea 'Rainbow Marcelle' is another favorite. This looks like a summer sunset. Blending hues of coral and pink give this coneflower a tropical feel. This is a coneflower that many of our clients love.

Agastache 'Kudos Coral' is great for attracting hummingbirds. Tall spikes of coral colored tubular flowers sit atop sturdy stems. This plant rarely needs staking.

If you're a rose fan, you can't go wrong with a knock-out rose! Coral Knockout Rose is fantastic color in the garden. If you're more of a traditional rose fan you can look to Abraham Darby or Christopher Marlow.

Peony Coral Charm is a fantastic choice with it's warm hues

Coral flowers can really brighten up your garden against a lot of green grass and shrubbery.

Annual snapdragons are a great choice as well.

The greatest thing about a garden are the endless possibilities! I have a good friend who looks at it like this "If it comes up, it comes up, if it doesn't, we'll try something new". It's not uncommon for plants in Connecticut to sometimes not make it through the winter. Use the bare spots to try something different, perhaps something....in coral.

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