Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year – Marsala

marsalachipPantone‘s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala Pantone describes Marsala as “An earthy shade with a bit of sophistication”.

Thinking about this years color of the year I first wondered how it was incorporated into the garden, but right away I realized that Marsala is an earthy tone, one the we would naturally see occurring in our gardens. Some might call it “muddy” while others might call it “wine”, either way it’s deep red-brown tones are rich and work well in the garden amongst other common colours we are drawn to for our plantings. Partner Marsala toned plants with Lavanders, Yellows and Oranges for the biggest impact.

Marsala can be easily incorporated into the garden though the use of plants such as:

  • the many selections of Heuchera with deep maroon foliage such as Obsidian or Plum Pudding
  • shrubs with deep foliage such as Wine and Roses Weigela and Coppertina Ninebark
  • Daylilies such as Summer Wine and Pardon Me
  • the amazing Purple Smoke Tree which is a favorite with its light “smokey” blooms during the summer months
  • spring Pansies offer a ton of color selections and we can always count on finding a wine-deep purple tone among the many trays that fill the garden center
  • hedges of Barberry are adorned with rich wine toned leaves, just watch for those thorns!

Marsala can also be incorporated into your outdoor space by using cushions, pillows and placemats on your outdoor furniture. Cushions and placements are a fun way to play with color without making a major commitment!

Do you plan on adding Marsala to your garden this year? Leave a comment below!

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