Color of the Year for Vegetable Gardens

comments (2) January 9th, 2018

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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This eggplant blossom shows how vegetable gardeners can include Ultra Violet, Pantones Color of the Year, in their gardens.Click To Enlarge

This eggplant blossom shows how vegetable gardeners can include Ultra Violet, Pantone's Color of the Year, in their gardens.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Every year the Pantone Color Institute selects a "color of the year" that fashion designers, interior decorators, landscape architects and others use as a color scheme in their work. Pantone's Color of the Year for 2018 is Ultra Violet (18-3838), a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade...that communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future," according to Pantone.

Flower gardeners have plenty of choices when it comes to adding Ultra Violet to their ornamental gardens this season. Purple flowering plants include 'Midnight Model' Salvia, 'Moody Blues' Veronica, 'Little Trudy' Nepeta, and many more.

Vegetable gardeners can also get in on the Color of the Year planting fun. With a little creative thinking (like Ultra Violet suggests), there are many perfectly purple fruits, vegetables and herbs for planting. Besides adding color to vegetable gardens, purple foods are loaded with good health benefits, too.

Here's the beginning of a list of Ultra Violet Color of the Year fruit and vegetable plants for your garden:

  • Purple bell peppers
  • Purple eggplants
  • Purple beans
  • Purple carrots
  • Purple Cherokee tomatoes
  • Purple blossoms on chives
  • Purple lavender flowers
  • Purple berries on currant shrubs
  • Purple bee balm
  • Purple cabbage
  • Purple flowers on oregano
  • Blueberries
  • Purple cauliflower
  • Red onions
  • Purple potatoes

I hope you'll help add to this purple-icious list, and then plant plenty of purple this gardening season.

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Comments (2)

WesternGardener writes: I appreciated hearing from you--glad to hear you liked the list!

I'm planning another fruit, flower and veggie list for Heart Health Month in February, so I hope you'll stop by again soon.

Posted: 5:08 pm on January 22nd
islingtonmoves writes: Thanks for the list! :)
Posted: 6:33 am on January 20th
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