Garden & Landscape Tips

Coral Gerber Daisy
Gerber Daisies are available in a myriad of colors, and this year’s Living Coral color is well represented, and stunning.
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The Pantone Color Institute each year picks a trendy color of the year, and for 2019, that color is… Living Coral. Pantone chooses it after analyzing the emerging color trends in various industries, including fashion, home furnishings, entertainment, art, and design. This year’s Living Coral selection is a pinkish hue with the orange/gold undertone. It was selected because it’s a “nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media,” according to Pantone. Similar to salmon, coral can be a bit tricky to color-match because it has touches of both the warm and cool color families.

Coral Peony
The yellow centers and delicate petals of this Coral Peony are bursting with beauty.
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When it comes to your garden, how can you make Living Coral a featured color within your landscape design and what do you pair it with? It looks good with most yellows, golds and oranges, and it pairs well with most shades of blue, which is opposite the color’s orangish undertone on the color wheel. Burgundy and purple are two other good partners if you like a darker contrast. Neutrals are always a good bet, including gray, green, white, and especially black. Gray-leafed dusty miller, for example, would be a good color partner for any coral flower in an annual garden, while a black-leafed elephant ear, such as ‘Illustris’ or Royal Hawaiian® ‘Black Coral,’ would pair well with coral flowers in a pot.

Zinnia 'Magellan Coral'
Living coral is the 2019 color of the year. This flower is a zinnia called 'Magellan Coral'.
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A variety of flowers come in coral colors. Among them:

  

Bulbs/tubers:

Tulips, cannas, hyacinths, dahlias, gladioli. 

 

Annual flowers:

New guinea impatiens, calibrachoa, diascia, geraniums, gerber daisies, petunias, portulaca, snapdragons, zinnias. 

 

Perennial flowers:

Yarrow, agastache, dianthus, peonies, poppies.

  

Shrubs:

Azaleas, roses, quince

 

Three good particular coral bloomers to check out for your 2019 garden are:

  • Geranium Caliente® Coral. A hybrid of zonal and ivy geraniums, this sun-loving annual flower grows about a foot tall and performs well both in the ground and in pots or hanging baskets.
  • SunPatiens® Compact Coral. Another heavy-blooming annual flower, this color in the disease-resistant SunPatiens family shows orange highlights and grows in full sun to part shade, in the ground or in containers.
  • Groundcover rose Coral Drift®. Coral is one of the nine colors in this Conard-Pyle family of low-growing, repeat-blooming, disease-resistant, three-foot roses that are a cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniatures.
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