Dec 23, 2019
Ring in 2020 with Classic Blue Hues By Jasmina Dolce

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Pantone, a provider of professional color standards and digital solutions, announced that Classic Blue is the 2020 Color of the Year. According to the color authority, Classic Blue is a “timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity.”

In the horticulture world, the color blue has many variations and categorizing it is a subjective effort. But there’s no denying blue is a standout in any garden application.

Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking.”

When you look through your greenhouses, do you see blue? How will you take advantage of this color trend? Will you promote any blue varieties to your customers? Shoot me an email at, and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, here are some beautifully blue varieties that are sure to inspire you, your customers and gardeners in 2020!

Evolvulus ‘Blue My Mind’
Proven Winners

Blue My Mind evolvulus - Proven Winners

The true blue flowers of ‘Blue My Mind’ pop against fuzzy, silvery-green foliage. This extremely heat-tolerant annual performs best in full sun and is drought tolerant once established. It does great in both landscapes and containers.

Veronica ‘Moody Blues Dark Blue’
Darwin Perennials

Veronica Moody Blues Dark Blue - Darwin

Moody Blues is a compact series of perennial veronica that flowers all season long until first frost. It is hardy to Zones 4b through 9b.

Pansy ‘Delta Speedy True Blue’
Syngenta Flowers

Pansy Delta Speedy True Blue - Syngenta

This pansy offers reliable and programmable production with near day-neutral flowering. Like the rest of the Delta assortment, plants sport masses of large, upward facing blooms with strong weather tolerance.

Salvia ‘Cathedral Deep Blue’
Green Fuse Botanicals

salvia Cathedral - Green Fuse

A classic performer in the landscape with all new breeding, ‘Cathedral Deep Blue’ is daylength neutral allowing for year-round production without the need of supplemental lighting. Its flower spikes maintain their intensity in the most extreme conditions.

Lobelia ‘Star Cobalt’

Lobelia - Westhoff

‘Star Cobalt’ is one of the most true, intense blue-colored flowers on the market today. It is a strong grower that flowers early and prolifically. Its compact, mounding habit makes it ideal for 4-inch pots and combinations.

Delphinium ‘Diamonds Blue’
Kieft Seed

Delphinium Diamonds Blue - Kieft

This first-year flowering perennial is spurless and grows up to 2 feet high. It is hardy to Zones 4a through 9b.

— Jasmina

Jasmina Dolce

Jasmina Dolce is managing editor of GPN magazine. She can be reached at

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