On Gardening: Orchid Flower Color of the Year 2022 Adds Intense Thrill to the Garden | Gardening


The orchid flower is the color of the year for 2022 and The Garden Guy is more than thrilled. I know the color of the year is mostly fashion and home decor focused, but WGSN (formerly Worth Global Style Network) and their color systems company Coloro believe it will cross all segments of the line. life. But have they also thought about gardening?

WGSN is based in London, but you’ll notice addresses all over the world. You can certainly see that their expertise and analysis is rippling through the United States. The Garden Guy is here to tell you: put this color in your landscape and it will grab the visitor’s attention and thrill them beyond expectations.

Description of the orchid flower: “a vibrant pink hue with purple undertones, it is intense and hyperrealistic and uplifting”. Then they say, “Magenta is a color that conveys the feeling of positivity and escape. The description of positivity is most definitely apt, as the color is covered in royalty.

As The Garden Guy looked at the fashion images to see the intensity of the color, plants started to spring to mind. New this year on the market is a Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush that matches the orchid flower perfectly. This coming spring, Unplugged Pink salvia makes its debut to the delight of hummingbirds around the world. It could easily have been used in posters to promote the color of the orchid flower. Oddly enough, mine is still blooming in zone 8a as we head into December.

Lo & Behold Ruby Chip and Unplugged Pink Salvia are compact, in the range of 3 feet with a 3 foot spread. I expect them to be slightly larger in the South. While they are both to be cherished, they have bigger siblings and can be a perfect match if you have a large garden.

Rockin Fuchsia salvia was released in 2020, and they will always be a part of my garden. Sometimes I think Rockin Fuchsia is darker in color than Unplugged Pink, and other times they’re almost the same. Rockin Fuchsia salvias are back for three growing seasons in my zone 8a garden and easily reach 4 feet with even distribution. However, both salvias are considered to be perennials in zone 9 and warmer.

By all means, put the Miss Molly Butterfly Bush on your list as well. It will be like the queen of the court for your orchid flower color planning. It will easily reach 5 feet in height and width and will take your breath away with its beauty. It is non-invasive and approved for sale in Oregon and Washington State (albeit under the name Summer Lilac). Why it’s not in every garden center across the country is one of life’s great mysteries.

If you’re wondering what colors to pair with, WGSN has included a palette suggestion that hit a home run. The palette includes olive oil, butter, mango sorbet and Atlantic blue. The Garden Guy feels pretty good about his selections not knowing the palette I chose as partners: Heat It Up Yellow gaillardia, Luscious Citron lantana, Rockin Blue Suede Shoes salvia and Pugster Blue buddleia.

The New Year is always an exciting time with new plants, and you will find that coordinating colors in the landscape is as fun as fashion and interior design. Plan to use the orchid flower and you will make the neighbors olive oil green with envy.


Terri S. Tomasini