Listed in order of popularity, Spring 2012's It-Colors are (from top down) Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Sodalite Blue, Cabaret, Starfish, Margarita, Sweet Lilac, Driftwood, Bellflower and Cockatoo.
The color of the year, Tangerine Tango is the color of a number of flowers in the summer garden: daylilies, Kniphofia, Tithonia, Bengal Tiger Cannas, Zinnias, even Opium poppies in the spring garden.
The second favorite, Solar Power, shows up as Black Eyed Susans, daylilies, Melampodium, Sternbergias and of course, Daffodils!
Daffodils, Spring 2011
Looking at some of the palettes from Pantone, I'm inspired to use some old favorites in new ways. My usual combo of Chartreuse alternanthera and purple Setcreasea might be made new with the greyish foliage of Rose Campion and some white flowers. Nicotiana or white petunias might be nice. The purples and chartreuse are usually are accompanied by Black Eyed Susans followed by Melampodium.
Meanwhile, here are the latest Camellias blooming. Can we call them Cabaret?
Cabaret and Sweet Lilac show up in late March as Azalea colors, joining fuchsia fringes of Loropetalum that will bloom from now to late April, with the biggest show in late February and March. White azaleas bloomed out of season here the past week. When hot weather comes, every shade of pink Pentas will bloom for the delight of butterflies.
Starfish will be showing up in the greenhouse to replace the bright blue skirt that hides the water barrels. I'll be telling you about that project soon. I'm waiting for hyacinths to finish blooming so I can move some pots out of the way.
Oh, and the seeds! It's time to start certain seeds. Are you ready? Will you plant Tangerine Tango and Solar Power, or old favorites?
Secrets of a Seedscatterer