When thinking about what makes summer so colorful, most people immediately think about plants and flowers. Whatever kind of landscape design you’re working on right now, it’s likely to have color. While you may have many favorites that you recommend to clients, it’s always a good idea to try something new.

We’ve been watching trends in landscaping and have some new ideas for you. You’ll find a broad spectrum represented including yellow, pink, purple, red and orange. Consider these colorful blooms for your next project.

The Color of the Year in Plants: Ultra Violet

To start any conversation about trending colors this year, Pantone’s color of the year must be mentioned. The 2018 shade is Ultra Violet. Pantone calls it both “provocative” and “thoughtful.” If your next project needs something bright, consider these beauties in a purple hue:

Columbine
You can choose vivid purple hues for these flowers with an array of accent colors—so Columbines can liven up any space. They perform well in cold weather and are even the state flower of Colorado. They can easily be divided to increase your quantity.

Catnip
Delicate purple blooms rise from the soil on the Catnip plant. You’ll find it flowers abundantly and re-blooms. These are easy growers and do well in drought conditions. They combine well with white or yellow roses, as they flow over and cover the not so perfect parts of the rose bush.

Hibiscus
The look of the purple Hibiscus gives a landscape a bit of a tropical vibe, but you don’t need tropical climates to grow it. It is, in fact, quite resilient to a variety of conditions. Use a group of Hibiscus together to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the space. Be sure to let your clients know to watch out for mealybugs, which can infect these quickly.

Purple Coneflower
The coneflower has a distinct look with its large center cone and purple petals. It blooms in summer for several weeks. Plant it in a variety of soils with no issue. It even grows in clay, so if you’re looking for something for this type of space, it’s a good choice.

Multiple Colors Available

If you are looking to design something around the same plant but add distinction with color, consider these flowers and plants.

Spirea
Spirea is a very low maintenance plant. It’s easy to grow and works in a variety of climates. It’s available in species that develop pink, yellow or purple blooms.

Azaleas
Azaleas are an old favorite but still worth mentioning because of how hardy these shrubs are. Azaleas have shades of pink and purple and are a cost-effective plant that can help break up bland landscape or lining a fence.

Marigolds
Found in yellow and orange, marigolds are densely packed with flowers. They love the sun, so they work well in areas with little shade. Their pungent smell is also a natural way to keep pests away.

Several Shades: Plants with More Color

Sometimes you only need one plant for a lot of color. If you’re working with a small space but want some contrast, check out these options.

Verbena
The verbena has florets that feature two colors: red/white, pink/white, or blue/white. These plants do very well in baskets or containers. They are also suitable for colder weather and are drought tolerant.

Lantana
There are about 150 types of Lantana, each very tolerant to heat and drought. This is a cluster bloom with amazing colors: fuchsia, orange and yellow in each. It blooms all season and will be enjoyable for months. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy them; deer do not.

Viola
Tiny little blooms sprout from the viola, looking as though they were hand-painted. They are available in white, purple, yellow, and orange. These annuals work well in containers.

Add an Accent

These flowers are bold and the ideal accent to almost any space. If you are looking for a flower to add drama, consider these.

Daylilies
Bright with yellow hues, daylilies are a great addition to any landscape. Yellow goes well with red, pink, purple or blue.

Jolt Pink Dianthus
With its brightly fringed flower heads in pink, the Jolt Pink Dianthus has a distinct, unique look. It’s heat tolerant, so it should look good all summer long. Those clients looking for something easy that requires minimal maintenance but is still attractive may find dianthus the perfect option.

Sedum
Introduce rich color to any flowerbed or landscape with sedum. These versatile plants still perform well with little water. It has the opportunity to bloom three seasons a year. You’ll enjoy having color almost year-round. Sedum is available in orange, pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. No matter how you want to accent the design, sedum has many great choices.

These are our favorite picks for summer garden colors. You can see what’s in stock at LandscapeHub by simple searching!

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