Hello 2018!

This time of year, many people are busy making New Year’s Resolutions and looking to the New Year for a new start. You may want to focus on exercising, personal time, or tapping into your creative side for some self-expression. Did you know that gardening can accomplish all three at the same time?

Why not put Gardening at the top of your list for 2018? Maybe think of just one tired-looking area in your lawn to redesign as a start. If you need some help finding inspiration, why not look to the new “Pantone Color of the Year,” Ultra Violet (18-3838)?

The color of the year doesn’t just apply to fashion. Nursery suppliers and growers are right on board with this color trend and I couldn’t be happier. Purples are one of the most fun colors to garden with since there are so many shades to choose from. Because there’s such wide variety in shades of purple, you can pick a few to compliment each other in your yard or flower arrangements. You can find blooms in any shade from amethyst to mulberry to wine and more!

Almost all of our favorite annuals and perennials come in at least one shade of purple.  And all shades play so beautifully off of green. You really can’t go wrong. Better yet, January is a good time of year to be planting annuals. Just remember to cover them or bring them inside on nights with a hard freeze.

Purple is used in some impactful combinations:

*Pair orange with purple for an energetic contrast

*Lavender and pale yellow for a classic, subdued look

*Blue and purple shine bright in a shady area, especially against a pale background

*Lavender and red/rust bring an autumnal vibe to the garden

*monochromatic – multiple shades of purple in one gorgeous garden

These are just starters. With the variety of shades available, the possibilities are endless. In the cool season (hint: that’s now – even though it doesn’t always feel like it) you will find Clear Crystal Purple alyssum, violet geraniums, Amazon Neon dianthus (truly ULTRA VIOLET), lavender pentas and dark knight lobularia (snow princess’s dark side!). In the heat you’ll find Blue My Mind (periwinkle color), lavender lantana, purple Angelonia, grape torenia, mona lavender and many, many more.

The purple doesn’t stop there. Shrubs and trees come in purple hues to complete the look, like the Purple Chaste Trees, Lavender Crape Myrtles, lavender Formosa azalea, plumbago and the purple leaf plum trees.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by the purple possibilities. Keep in mind the size of the area you will be redesigning, how much direct light it gets, and how much water it can get. Once you know this information your search for the perfect purple plants will be much more manageable. When you visit our garden center please feel free to ask any of our Garden Center Experts for some direction in colors, types and sizes of plants for your garden. We can’t wait to see what you do with your Gardening resolution in 2018!