GardenDrumBi-color flowers go from ‘no’ to ‘now’!

Sweet Spot roses from Anthony Tesselaar Plants

Sweet Spot roses from Anthony Tesselaar Plants

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.

PortulacaBreeders 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.

Tri-color gazaniaAmerican plant grower Monrovia describes it as part of a FOMO trend from social media where everyone’s looking for something eye-catching with real in-your-face wow factor to ‘like’.

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…)

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