Lasting Landscapes by Carol

Just Peachy

When I was studying Graphic Design at Arizona State University in the early 1980’s, I became familiar with the Pantone Color Chart. Similar to the way a paint store matches a specific color, selecting a Pantone number ensured my designs would print exactly as I intended. Fast forward over forty years and Pantone is back in my life – this time with their ‘color of the year.’ Starting 25 years ago, Pantone introduced a genius marketing strategy. Their ‘color of the year’ matches a selected hue to feelings of the time and influences decisions in packaging, interior design, and even my new industry – landscape design.

Pantone’s color for 2024 is called Peach Fuzz and the executives in charge produced an extensive marketing campaign and corresponding video. The campaign describes how the featured color “captures our desire to nurture ourselves and others. Its velvety gentle peach tone and all-embracing spirit enriches mind, body and soul. Peach Fuzz reflects our innate yearning for closeness and connection. A color that radiates warmth and elegance, resonates with compassion, offers a tactile embrace, and effortlessly bridges the youthful with the timeless.” Wow is all I can say. That’s a lot of responsibility for a single color. That said, I’m in for adding a little Peach Fuzz to the garden and I have suggestions to keep your garden peachy all season long.

Let’s start with winter, where Pieris offers some peach tones with frosty blooms.

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Pieris Dorothy Wycoff blooms dusted in snow.

For early spring color introduce some daffodils to your garden beds. Brent and Becky’s and Qdaffs have nice options.

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This ruffled peach form is a showstopper.
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This daffodil features subtle tones.
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Chaenomeles × superba ‘Cameo’ adds warm hues in early spring. Photo by Astrid Johnson.

Remember that color includes leaves and not just flowers. Some woody plants are most impressive as they are leafing out.

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Aesculus ‘Marble Chip’ leaves include pink, green and white tones.
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Acer palmatum ‘Japanese Princess’ shows off congested foliage.
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Aesculus erythroblastos leaves unfurl in multiple shades of peach.

Perennials that bring the color of the year into the garden include spring, summer and fall bloomers.

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Rhododendron species (native azalea) with light and dark peach tones.
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Coral Charm Peony with softly blushed petals.
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Heuchera ‘Paprika’. Photo provided by Terra Nova.
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A beautiful peach bearded Iris.
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Echinacea FRESCO ‘Apricot’. Photo provided by Terra Nova.
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Sheffield Pink mum steals the show in the fall.
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Abelia ‘Rose Creek’ blooms for an extended period in the fall and adds warmth to the cool season months.

Annuals and tropical plants happily join the peach party too.

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Coleus FANCY FEATHERS Copper really struts its stuff. Photo by Terra Nova.
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This Brugmansia not only adds peach to the garden, but also incredible fragrance at night.

I hope you have your list together and are ready purchase some plants that highlight Pantone’s 2024 color. Since the warm tone of Peach Fuzz represents moments spent with friends and celebrates simple acts of kindness, I invite you to visit my garden and see all the ways I’ve introduced Pantone’s color into my landscape. I’ll even serve you some while you are here – a bundt cake filled with peaches and a little Peach Schnapps for added warmth! How’s that for warm and fuzzy?

For those who asked – here’s the recipe:

 

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