Creating Beautiful Gardens with Pantone’s Color of the Year

pantone-color-of-the-year-lee-eiseman-quoteRose Quartz and Serenity are hues that call out for a garden setting. The color experts at Pantone proclaimed the two as Colors of the Year for 2016.

This is the first year that Pantone introduced two colors, instead of merely naming a single color of the year. According to the announcement, “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.” And, the colors are “a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.”

What could be better for a garden?

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Blue is always a lovely way to tie a garden together and shades of Serenity sound perfect. And surely there are roses in the shade of RoseQuartz to be found. And don’t hydrangeas come to mind with both of these colors?

If you’re looking for more color clues, the New York Botanical Garden’s website has an excellent primer on color in the garden: Home Gardening Center Tip Sheet: Color Theory in the Garden.

 

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