Hot Color for 2009: A Hopeful Yellow

The Official Swatch from Pantone: Mimosa

Remember that yellow dress Michelle Obama featured at the Inauguration last month? That color will be coming to a garden near you this summer. In December, Pantone — a company that provides graphic designers, printers, and others with a systematic way to identify and label color tones — named “Mimosa”  its 2009 color of the year. Mimosa is said  to exude optimism, hope and reassurance.

'Tuscan Sun' Heliopsis (Proven Winners image)

You’ll be seeing it in interior decor, clothing, and yes, flower colors, according to speakers I heard at the Garden Visions conference in Wausau this weekend.  Among the new yellow flowers that will be on garden center shelves this year are plants like Supertunia ‘Citrus’ or ‘Sunray’ petunias, ‘Tuscan Sun’ heliopsis, and Calibrachoa Callie ‘Mango’.

I’ve always loved yellow and have included lots of yellow in my garden. It’s great to know there will be even more choices in the years to come.

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