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Cultivating Color

Cultivating Color

Gardeners need to consider many factors when combining plants in borders, flowerbeds and containers. These characteristics include differing sizes and foliage textures as well as varying needs for sun, moisture and soil fertility. One major consideration is color: What looks harmonious together? What whispers in the landscape? What shouts?

To help you cultivate pleasingly colorful gardens, Flowers by the Sea provides useful content on the subject in our Everything Salvias blog. We cover topics including:

  • How light and growing conditions affect color
  • What colors attract hummingbirds and other pollinators
  • Which Salvias to mix for peaceful, pastel gardens
  • Why it's fun to apply the Pantone color system to garden design and
  • What choices are available for adding specific colors to your yard.

You'll find a rainbow of ideas for cultivating color in the FBTS catalog and blog.




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Cultivating Color Entries


Pantone Pageant: Creamy Linen-Colored Designer Salvias

Pantone Pageant: Creamy Linen-Colored Designer Salvias


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: May 26, 2013 08:45 AM
Synopsis: Pantone’s Linen designer shade for spring 2013 looks a bit like a rosy beige champagne. In the garden, it is ethereal -- a creamy, dreamy choice for edging a pathway. Here are four subtly colored sages (Salvia spp.), which closely match Pantone Linen 12-1008. Similar to the lace on a wedding gown, they are best appreciated when viewed up close.
Pantone Pageant: 15 Designer African Violet Salvias and Companions

Pantone Pageant: 15 Designer African Violet Salvias and Companions


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: May 23, 2013 09:22 AM
Synopsis: Purples are cool yet quietly passionate. This includes African Violet 16-3520, a spring 2013 designer color created by the Pantone Corporation. Shades in the blue and purple color range are tranquil and soothing yet commanding, because they calm the garden. If you have a garden bed that is in your face with bright reds, oranges and yellows, one way to cool it down is to add Salvias and companion plants from the blue to purple palatte. Here are 15 choices from our catalog that fashionably match Pantone's African Violet.
Pantone Pageant: Shady Salvias on a Mixed Blue Designer Patio

Pantone Pageant: Shady Salvias on a Mixed Blue Designer Patio


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: Mar 16, 2013 11:03 AM
Synopsis: Got shade? Go ahead and get blue about it in the garden. We'll hold your hand, listen to your concerns and help you pick just the right shady salvias in hues to match the 2013 designer colors Dusk Blue and Monaco Blue from Pantone.
Pantone Pageant: Sprawling Salvias for a Monaco Blue Slope

Pantone Pageant: Sprawling Salvias for a Monaco Blue Slope


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: Feb 18, 2013 08:41 PM
Synopsis: Even landscaping can be stylish. Fill a problem slope with Chilean Mountain Sage and Limelight Mexican Sage. Their flowers are fine color matches for Monaco Blue, one of Pantone's 2013 designer blues. Intersperse lavender-flowered Spreading California Purple Sage.
Pantone Pageant: A Chorus Line of Grayed Jade Designer Salvias

Pantone Pageant: A Chorus Line of Grayed Jade Designer Salvias


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: Jan 30, 2013 04:07 PM
Synopsis: Sage is the common name for the uncommonly beautiful Salvia genus. But when designers describe a product as being sage-colored, they mean a shade of grey-green that they say is soothing and that harmonizes with a multitude of colors, including soft pastels, hot oranges and deep purples. A version of sage called "Grayed Jade 14-6011" is one of the Pantone color-matching system's top shades for the design industry this year. This post identifies some Grayed Jade plants in the Flowers by the Sea collection. They are fine peacemakers amid a Salvia garden based on a mixture of Pantone's top greens for 2013, which you can read about in previous articles from our Pantone Pageant series of designer colors in the landscape.
Pantone Pageant: "Tender Shoots Green" Designer Salvias

Pantone Pageant: "Tender Shoots Green" Designer Salvias


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: Jan 7, 2013 09:22 AM
Synopsis: "font-style: italic;"> Lime is the kind of bright, cheerful color that practically shouts, “Hey, look at me!” Limelight Mexican Sage (Salvia Mexicana ‘Limelight’) is the kind of plant that makes you say, “Hey, look at that! Let’s plant it.” It brightens the landscape with its startling contrast of chartreuse-lime foliage and deep violet-blue flowers. Among the hundreds of Salvias that we grow at Flowers by the Sea, it is difficult to think of a more dramatic poster plant to illustrate “Tender Shoots 14-0446,” one of the greens that the Pantone color corporation says will be big this year with fashion and industrial designers. Three other lovely, lime Salvias originally from the Mediterranean and the Middle East are also discussed here. Although you may not feel comfortable stepping out in a pair of chartreuse jeans, your garden is a safe place to shout out your love of the color.
Pantone Pageant: Emerald Designer Salvias

Pantone Pageant: Emerald Designer Salvias


Category: Cultivating Color
Posted: Jan 2, 2013 07:20 PM
Synopsis: Emerald and other cool shades of green are among the hot colors for 2013, according to Pantone, a design-industry leader. Flowers by the Sea doesn't generally think of greens or of any colors in nature as being in or out. However, we think it is fun and fresh to consider garden design from a different perspective. Emerald is Pantone's top color for the year. This article about emerald-colored Salvias begins a pageant of sorts down the runway of our blog, showing how the Pantone color matching system can be used to shape landscaping decisions.