Fill Your Garden With The Pantone Color Of The Year

Did you know that every December the tint and hue experts at Pantone announce an official color of the year for the coming months? This color can influence trends in everything from wardrobe designers and home décor sets to graphic design and marketing campaigns. The Pantone color of the year for 2019 is Living Coral.

“Color is an equalizing lens through which we experience our natural and digital realities, and this is equally true for Living Coral,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With consumers craving human interaction and social connection, the humanizing and heartening qualities displayed by the convivial Pantone Living Coral hit a responsive chord.”

Coral-Colored Flowers for your Garden

The Pantone color of the year, Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546), sounds like something you would be more likely to find under the sea than in your backyard, but it turns out there are plenty of plants and flowers that fit the bill.

7 Beautiful Ways you Can Add Living Coral to Your Garden

Coral Aloe

Coral Aloe

This solitary succulent (Aloe striata) has flat, broad, pale gray-green leaves that vary in color depending on the sunlight. In full sun, the foliage is pinkish and in shade more bluish-green. Especially showy when blooming. Excellent in rock gardens, containers, mass plantings and as a specimen.*

Coral Glow Texas Yucca

Coral Glow Texas Yucca

This stunning flower (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Coral Glow') can grow spikes up to six foot tall with warm, coral-orange, trumpet-shaped blooms that tower over clumps of narrow, sword-shaped, gray green foliage. This lovely flower has an exceptionally long growing season and enjoys sun. Once established, needs occasional watering; more in extreme heat or containers. Excellent in borders, containers, mass plantings, rock and urban gardens or as a specimen.*

Safari Rose Aloe

Safari Rose Aloe

This compact, repeat blooming aloe (Aloe x 'Safari Rose' Plant Patent #28,002) has large, showy spikes of salmon-pink colored flower clusters above succulent green toothy leaves with grey-red tips. Prefers partial to full sun. Once established enjoys occasional watering; more in extreme heat; heat and drought tolerant. Excellent in rock gardens, as a specimen, in containers, mass plantings and more.*

Sombrero Hot Coral Coneflower

Sombrero® Hot Coral Coneflower

A drought-tolerant perennial that can bring the heat to a border, this coneflower (Echinacea x 'Balsomcor' Plant Patent #23,097) with beautiful coral color does well in sunny gardens. Prefers regular watering, weekly or more often in extreme heat. It blooms from late spring through the summer and is excellent as a border, in containers, cutting gardens, wildlife gardens, mass plantings, and rock gardens. Grows 24-26 inches tall and 16-22 inches wide.*

Coral Pink Sunpatiens

SunPatiens® Compact Coral Pink

This compact annual (Impatiens hawkeri) enjoys morning sun to shade and moderate to frequent watering. It blooms freely and can grow up to 4 feet tall. Excellent in garden beds, cutting gardens, on patios, in mixed containers and hanging baskets.

Tropicana Hybrid Tea Rose

Tropicana Hybrid Tea Rose

This hybrid tea rose (Rosa 'Tropicana') features a fruity fragrance and gorgeous petals that are a color mixture of coral and orange. It is also the winner of 12 international awards. These colorful flowers bloom in the late spring to early summer and grows 3.5 to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Prefers full sun to part shade and deep regular waterings, more often in extreme heat.

Wizard Coral Sunrise Coleus

Wizard® Coral Sunrise Coleus

For those wanting some coral-colored foliage, this coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides) features a pink center and green edging. It has an upright habit that works well in containers or landscape features. Its color starts salmon-pink in cooler conditions and can mature to lighter pink when warmer. Perfers shade to partial sun and moist, well-drained soil. It grows 12-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide.

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Flowers available seasonally, while supplies last.

Other Ways You Can Incorporate Living Coral

Show Off the Pantone Color of the Year in Your Outdoor Space

Decorate your front door

If you have your garden exactly the way you like it, there’s no reason to disrupt your landscaping to accommodate a new color. You can reflect Pantone color of the year, Living Coral’s orange and pink tones, in your decorating choices both indoors and out. Try adding outdoor throw pillows to your deck furniture, or sprucing up your outdoor planters with a coat of paint.

We also encourage you to come down to any of our valley locations and talk with our Trusted Garden Advisors about other ways you can accessorize with Living Coral. If painting your entire front door is a bit much, Living Coral can be incorporated into door hangings, wreaths or swag, door mats and more!

About SummerWinds Nursery: SummerWinds Garden Centers is a leading high-end retailer of garden and nursery products. Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, SummerWinds operates retail nurseries in the Silicon Valley, California and the greater Phoenix, Arizona area, making it one of the largest independent retail nursery companies in the west. SummerWinds appeals to both the serious and casual gardeners, with a broad selection of premium gardening products and a friendly and knowledgeable staff.