I know we're all in the midst of Christmas preparations and the garden is put to bed for the winter, but I wanted to share my thoughts about this…..
As you may know, Pantone is the company that is "the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of colour."(Wikepedia) And every year, they choose a Colour of the Year which sets the tone for interior design, fashion design, marketing strategies and forecasting trends. This year's colour is Radiant Orchid - a light lilac colour.
I'm not sure how I feel about this colour. You either love or hate purple of any tone and would either use it or not use it in your home decor. It certainly wouldn't work in my neutral/browny/rust toned home. But would work great with some of the gray interiors that are all the rage right now.
But purple in the garden, now that's another story!! There are so many beautiful shades of purple that can be found in our gardens…..and looking back into my own garden, I realize that I'm right on trend! "Radiant Orchid" is one of my favourite colours in the garden.
Not exactly Radiant Orchid, but my garden is filled with shades of purples and pinks. Magnolia, allium, clematis, forget-me-nots, periwinkle, purple rudbeckia and hydrangeas all have a bit of purple or lilac in them.
A quick search on the internet provides a lot of inspiration for incorporating Radiant Orchid into your garden…
Pale pinky/purple lilac
even tulips come in Radiant Orchid