Responding to the announcement that the Pantone Color of the Year 2023 is Viva Magenta, leading UK young plant producer Earley Ornamentals has put together a selection of young plant options from its extensive range to meet grower demand across Bedding, Basket, and Patio as well as Perennial – all selected for UK gardens.
This vibrant pinky color with a hint of purple derives from the red color family and will create a standout statement in any garden or park landscape, as Simon Earley, Earley Ornamentals managing director, explains:
“According to Pantone, Viva Magenta is an unconventional color for an unconventional time, which is spot on following recent years. In terms of garden color, it’s a great option. With magenta sitting between red and blue, a mid-way between a warm and cool color palette, this optimistically strong color can be used to pull a scheme together perfectly.”
Select the Pansy Power F1 Rose Blotch Imp or Primrose Charlie F1 Wine Red Edge for richer autumn and winter options. A vivid statement choice might be Senetti Orange Red, Cyclamen Smartiz Mix or Cyclamen Super Serie Carino Fuji Mix, and Viola Perfetto Pink Picotee for a lighter, pinker option.
In terms of new summer flowering, there is Begonia Viking Explorer F1 Red, semi-trailing Begonia Non Stop Joy F1 Rose Picotee, Geranium Horizon F1 Shadow Violet, or pinky PAC Flowerfairy Violet 21. On-trend and delivering strong colors are the new seed-raised Bidens Nice and Spicy and cutting-raised Dahlia Dark Leaf Dreamy Hot Chocolate and Dreamy Dance.
A hard-working and proven best performer in all conditions, SunPatiens provides the ultimate choice for amenity beds, gardens, and large patio pots – two color options that work with the Viva Magenta color are Purple Candy and Lavender Splash.
Other Impatiens that suit the trend are Beacon Rose and Mix, as does Impatiens Xtreme Violet and Lilac.
Some great Petunia includes the rich-colored Ultra F1 Vein Mix and all-weather BeautiCal Bordeaux, or pinky options include Petunia Bubbles Purple and Petunia Designer Starburst Cherry.
A couple of Nemesia that hit the mark include the popular classic Nemesia Bordeaux Red and the lightly fragrant Nemesia Evening Dusk.
More summer options that would fit the bill are Cosmos Apollo Carmine with its large eye-catching flowers or Fuchsia Bush General Monk – ideal for impulse sales and high-density production.
Strong Perennial choices include new, very early flowering Echinacea PollyNation in Magenta and Orange Red.