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GardenSMART :: Color Your Garden With Greenery

Color Your Garden With “Greenery”

By Susan Martin for Proven Winners

Each year, the world-renowned Pantone Color Institute announces its newest Color of the Year along with a complementary palette of accompanying hues. Greenery will be the big star of 2017, a medley of acid yellow and rich green that blend to form the freshest tone of spring green. Get inspired to color your garden with “greenery” this year.

Trends come and go of course, but you may not realize that the Pantone Color Institute is a driving force behind the color trends that influence many of the products you buy, from home décor to fashion clothing and yes, even garden goods. Remember the year when purses, pillows and pots all debuted in a juicy shade of orange? That was Tangerine Tango, Pantone 17-1463. (Each color is numbered to ensure you use just the right shade.) The airy pinks and blues that graced the pages of every fashion catalog last spring were Pantone colors Rose Quartz and Serenity. The Pantone Color Institute holds global influence over the colors in which all kinds of goods are manufactured in any given year.

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery, Pantone 15-0343, or what some might think of as lime green or chartreuse. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute described it this way: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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As gardeners, we understand the critical importance of greenery; it is the backdrop for everything in the landscape. Acting as a neutral color in our plant palette, green is the quintessential companion for all of our favorite pastels, vibrant tones and whites. Let’s explore this color through this Pinterest board of “greenery” colored plants, then scroll through the plant list below for more ideas.

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In addition to naming Greenery as their Color of the Year, Pantone has also released their Spring Fashion Color Report which includes a cheerful palette of colors you’ll be seeing a lot of this spring: primrose yellow, pale dogwood, flame, pink yarrow, Niagara, kale and lapis blue plus the neutral hazelnut. Notice anything in common with all of these colors? They are all ones you’ll find on the benches at your local garden center and in your own landscape.

Eiseman described this spring’s color palette as "reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature. From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale and the desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise, designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each spring." Looks like Eiseman has spring fever too, just like gardeners!

Contributor Bio: Susan Martin is an avid zone 6 gardener, garden writer and speaker who enjoys spreading her passion for plants to her fellow gardeners. Follow her on Facebook @Gardener Sue’s News.

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