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Hot Colors For Spring


When choosing fresh flowers, how do you decide what to buy? Throughout my many years as a florist and floral designer, I have been asked by people who are choosing flowers “what do you recommend…you’re the expert”. My standard response involves asking a few questions of my own. Close to the top of the list right after “what is the occasion?” is “do you have any particular colors in mind?” Most do – but many don’t.

It’s always fun to use the season’s hottest colors if the occasion allows! Pantone, Inc. has been the world’s color authority for 45 years. Pantone’s anointed colors for Spring 2008 have exciting and delicious names such as Daiquiri Green, Pink Mist, Cantaloupe, Rococco Red, Golden Olive, Croissant, and Snorkel Blue……there are more at Pantone.com so you are sure to find one that appeals to you.

If you are planning a Spring event as lavish as a wedding reception or as intimate as a dinner party in your home, you can not only impress your guests with your savvy fashion sense by

flowers.jpgwearing a Daiquiri Green ensemble that brings sparkle to your eyes….but also with Pink Mist and Cantaloupe flower bouquets that make your surroundings sing.

If you decide that Pink Mist and Cantaloupe bouquets are perfect for your surroundings, you have chosen an analogous color scheme….colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. You will be using softer hues of red and orange, which are adjacent to each other on the warmer side of the color wheel. Adding deeper hues such as coral, salmon, and orange to the softer hues can create a lively and pleasing bouquet.

There are many flower types in these shades including myriad rose varieties such as ‘Ambiance’ (pink, peach, coral multicolor), ‘Orange Unique’ (clear, vibrant orange), and ‘Attache’ (a deep, but vibrant pink). Tulips are of course wonderful in the Spring and are available in many shades and combine beautifully with roses. Consider godetia in salmon, pink hyacinths for fragrance, and ranunculus in many shades of pink, peach, and orange. Gerbera daisies and snapdragons certainly span this color palette.

If flowers in various intensities of the same color are more your cup of tea and make a stronger statement in the surroundings, then you will be happiest with a monochromatic color scheme. If Pink Mist will have the most impact in the setting, select all the same flower variety… or using various flower types in many hues of pink will bring texture.

For a little excitement, be bold with a complementary color scheme…colors that are opposite on the color wheel. We all know about the electricity that can be generated when opposites attract.

Add sparks to Pink Mist and your Daiquiri Green ensemble with green blossoms such as viburnum, bupleurum, green anthurium, or a rose called ‘Green Tea’. Consider adding deeper shades of pink or even a little red for real zing.

When it’s time to plan your Spring party, whether your favorite “hot” Spring color is Snorkel Blue, Golden Olive, or Rococco Red, the same principles apply. To decorate with flowers that make a real statement, consider the occasion and the surroundings.

by Evelyn Kinville, Manager, Behnke Nurseries’ Floral Division

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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