Love ’em or loath ’em, it seems bright, bi-color and mutabilis flowers (ones that change colour as they age) are now all the rage, with new rose, dahlia and bulb varieties, and increasing sales of all things vibrant and two-toned.
Breeders and growers around the world are reporting an increasing demand for intensely coloured flowers and, in particular bi-color flowers. Where many flowers have in the past been bred to reduce their brightly bi-colored natural tendencies, such as pansy, primrose, gazania, dianthus, portulaca and salvia, new varieties are bringing back unusual and distinctive colour combinations, patterns and splotches.
From a designer point of view, bringing bi-colors into the garden is not going to be an easy task. Creating a colour echo with a nearby solid-colour flower or foliage might be the way.
(And looks like I’d better dig out those four o’clock seeds…)