Pantone has announced its Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Hmmm. Watch out for interior designers and the clothing industry to pick up on it. And landscaping?
Personally, this pinky-purple colour doesn’t really appeal to me, and I’d say it looks a bit nothing rather than ‘radiant’. When I looked back through my photos to make this gallery, I realised that most of the plants I have had with this colour flower I’ve since removed as I couldn’t find anything that really worked alongside them. Somehow they seemed too pink to be purple, and too purple to be pink. And I doubt we’ll see this colour featuring at Chelsea any time soon.
However, for those who feel this is a latest fashion must, here’s a gallery and plant list. I could only think of two plants that have this foliage colour – ornamental kale and variegated tradescantia. But what other colours DOES it go with?
Orchids (obviously), Crocus, Cistus, Cyclamen, Styledium, Clematis, Primula, Bergenia, Lupins, Dahlia, Kale, Brachyscome, Penstemon, Bougainvillea, Roses ‘Blue for You’, ‘Ebb Tide’ and ‘Lavender Ice’, Hibiscus syriacus cultivars, Alyogyne huegelii cultivars (native hibiscus), Pelargonium, Fuchsia, Lilac, Anemone, Petunia, Zinnia, Plectranthus, Scaevola (native fanflower), Hardenbergia (native sarsparilla), Carpobrotus, Thomasia, Tulbaghia (society garlic), Worsleya
Any other ideas?
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