Pantone 2010 Color of the Year: Turquoise Garden Inspiration

I look forward to the annual announcement of the Pantone color of the year.  I now have a 2 year running track record of  having projects in the works (before the color is announced) that are using the color of the year.  I think I might have a little bit of a tend spotting record going here.  Last year was Mimosa — and I had just finished a redo of my bathroom in that color (BTW – that bathroom is going to be in BHG this Feb – I will give you a heads up when it is on the stands so you can check it out if you want to).  The year before was Iris blue and well — I have to admit..I missed that one…

Anyway, this year (2010)  is Turquoise.  I put together this garden inspired inspiration board to get you thinking about all the pretty ways to use it in the landscape.

pantone color of the year 2010 turquoise garden color inspiration board

1. turquoise, 2. Turquoise berries, 3. Série com o macho de Saí-azul, Saí, Saí-bico-fino ou Saí-bicudo (Dacnis cayana) – Series with a male of a Blue Dacnis or Turquoise Honeycreeper – 09-08-2008 – IMG_20080809_9999_304, 4. Orange turquoise reflection, 5. Turquoise, 6. Vintage Child’s Chair & Sap Bucket, 7. glow, 8. Turquoise, 9. Orange Koi ~ Turquoise Tile, Um Hmmm!, 10. Parasol, 11. Capiz shells, 12. Gentle Bluey-Green, 13. sapphire tower (Puya alpestris), 14. Yeah, DW, It’s Neptune’s Garden!, 15. The Jade Vine – Cairns Botanical Gardens (Strongylodon macrobotrys), 16. Some More Bokeh for you

“Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.” – Pantone

Oh and my project that is using turquoise? I am having 5 vintage metal garden chairs, that are all rusty and old, repainted in turquoise.  I think it will look terrific on my (some day) chocolate brown Ipe deck.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Keith on December 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    We just painted our living room turquoise! We’re so ahead of the game!

  2. Stevie on December 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Amazing shots of a great colour. The berries are just stunning. I have a teal blue hibiscus that I’ve been nursing for 3 years to get a bloom. I hope that 2010 truely is the year of teal in my garden.

  3. Sprout on December 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Have you seen turquoise ixia?! Courtesy my friend Michelle –

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