Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Mon. Dec. 16, 2019

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year

Every year, Pantone chooses the Color of the Year. 

It’s a company that started as a printing business back in the 1950’s, however, a guy that worked with chemistry, came up with a color matching system in the early ‘60’s and bought the company. It’s a world-wide phenomenon now and every year since 2000, a bunch of color-matchers get together and decide.  They give meaning to every color depending on what the world situation is like.

For 2020, it’s Classic Blue! Pantone’s website adds, “Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity”. I’m on board with that, blue has always been my favorite color. I think we could all use a some peace and tranquility! 

But how do we get that in our garden? There are several ways.

The invasively cute little Siberian Squill is the first to appear in Spring, and I will let this one go wild.

Siberian squill 2019

There are several asters as well as wild geranium.

Rough blazing star with asters 2019 – my butterfly garden Teri Knight
Wild geranium – okay maybe it’s a little more purply! 😉

Oh and sweet little Forget-me-Nots, those seeds in packets that small children get to sell or give away! These sweet little invasives will bloom from Spring to first frost.

A friends house…

There’s Virginia Bluebells and Delphinium

Delphinium at my old house
Virginia blue bells by Prairie Moon Nursery

While we likely can’t grow the Himalayan blue poppy, I just had to show you! It may be best in the Pacific Northwest.