How to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year Into Your Outdoor Space


| 2/9/2018 9:13:00 AM


Ultra Violet, Pantone’s color of the year, is a spectacular color for any outdoor space and is associated with both serenity and royalty. Whether you’re looking to create a relaxing oasis or a posh, ritzy environment, violet is the way to go. Here are some tips to easily incorporate it into your backyard.

pantone 2018 color of the year ultra violet
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1. Varietal Plants

There are hundreds of plants that come in violent hues. Don’t limit yourself to one type of plant, especially because many flowers may bloom in different colors, or only bloom violet for a short time throughout the year. Select spiked purple flowers, like salvia or Veronica, or integrate dark lupines to create a massive statement.

Other favorite flowers include violets, irises, and hydrangeas. You might also want to consider plants native to your region that have the ultra violet addition you’re looking for. Woodland phlox, that’s a native plant from Charlotte, NC, is a great example of an herbaceous flower that’s easy to maintain for easterners.

If you live in a drought-prone area like Texas or Arizona, add cool purple toned succulents for a low maintenance and trendy container garden. Even resilient succulents come in this popular shade. Black 'Zwartkop', Sedum, and Aeonium Cashmere all come in shades of violet and make for great accents. Whatever type of plant you choose, integrate a variety for multiple shades and bloom times.



2. Moving Past “Just Plants”

Don’t restrict yourself by thinking violet just has to be showcased through your plants. You can also integrate this bold color by painting gates, doors, sheds, or other items. This is a great option if you live in a snow prone area, because your plants will be dead or dormant for much of the year, not showcasing their vibrant purple shades.



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