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Thursday, August 29, 2013

What’s Trending Fall 2013

It’s fast upon us, that magical season of fall. There are always folks ahead of the curve with their outside spaces already in the throes of a decorative facelift. Our landscape takes on a different look and hue. It’s loaded in earth tones with pumpkins, corn stalks and Mums. Welcome to the traditional festive fall colors we’ve all grown to recognize and love.

But of course, it’s Thursday so let’s take a garden detour. What’s trending in women’s clothing and why would this matter from a garden and design perspective? According to a recent Fall Trend report presented by David Yurman, the latest fall color trend in the wardrobe world is pastel pink. Here’s a brief peek. “We were floored when it came to the sheer number of looks…that featured shades of pastel pink…yet each managed to counterbalance the shade’s inherent sweetness with innovative, modern silhouettes.” The short report wraps up with this colorful insight. “It’s worth noting that of all color, pink is probably the most divisive – many women swear they wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot-pole – so we’re eager to see how the masses take to this one.”

When it comes to fashion and how it trends into the wardrobe, one has to wonder if we can cross the clothing boundaries and turn it into a fall color for the landscape as well. So this is for all the plant lovers out there. Can we stretch our imagination and think of a pastel pink flower to replace or enhance the deeper colors of pumpkins, mums and gourds? Maybe it’s just adding a pastel pink flowering tree, shrub, perennial or an amazing bulb in the second best time to plant. Or should we leave pastel pink in the closet and stick to the fall traditional hues? It’s your garden; it’s your call. Are you daring enough to add pastel pink into your landscape color palette at all?

P.S. A tiny design hint – hues of Apricot can bridge the link between pink and orange tones. So there you have it. It can be done! As Jarod Kintz reminds us, “The sunset faded and blended from pink to peach to mango in a smoothie in the sky.”

© Top Image by Ann Bilowz of a pastel pink Hybrid Rugosa Rose in the summer garden
© Bottom Image by Greg Bilowz - H. paniculata 'Unique' in an October snow  
Check the archives for why the H. paniculata 'Unique' can give you these subtle hues of pink. A favorite Hydrangea that shows pink off well in an early fall snow.

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