Landscape Design Ideas & Plants for Color Trends 2008

Zara inspired me to take a look around and see what we could offer in the spirit of the 2008 color trends. Here are some ideas for color trends in 2008.

Trend # 1 – Pinks – Especially yellow pinks and raspberry pink.

Astilbe taquetii ‘Superba’ Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’
Plants with the right colors tones.  Astilbe taquetii ‘Superba’ and Kalmia latifolia ‘Raspberry Glow’
Acamp pink garden chairYellow Pink Dahlia
Acamp is offering these chairs in a rainbow of colors, but here in our Yellow-pink. – I am not sure what dahlia this is? Does anyone know? But what a gorgeous shade of yellow- pink!

Trend # 2 – Whites with a luminescence or shimmer

I thought that this trend might be tricky, but take a look at these.
Aglaonema ‘White Lance’
Aglaonema ‘White Lance’

For indoor gardens or interiorscaping look at shimmer on the leaves of Aglaonema ‘White Lance’

Luminescent, white furniture is having a moment and I think would be great en masse for a hip hotel or restaurant.
Luminescent garden tableClematis ‘Belle of Woking’

The heavy heads of Clematis ‘Belle of Woking’ are beautiful and like many white blooms with appear to glow when they reflect light in the evening.

Trend #3 – Colors that morph as the light changes

Of course many thing do this naturally over the course of a garden year – but I’ll focus on things other than a bunch of deciduous trees and shrubs.
These floating solar lights have really nice colors (available from Frontgate) they have two settings to cycle through different colors.
Outdoor lights from Frontgate
Looking around for some plants I found this at Macgregor’s Daughter (Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’). Apparently in the morning it looks like this – purple.
Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’
But later in the day looks like this…..raspberry pink.
Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky’


Trend # 4 – Cool grays and lots of shine. 

I love this trend… seems so sophisticated. Silver plants are so useful in the garden but I would love to make a whole garden of just silvers. I read that Wave Hill Garden in New York did just that. But I haven’t seen it and can’t find any pictures. Does anyone have some they can send?
Chrysocephalum apiculatum (grey leafed form)
Chrysocephalum apiculatum (grey leafed form)

Silver hanging garden globe light

Add something shiny with a collection of Stainless steel witches’ balls from John Lewis

When I was in design school, I like to use Garrya Eliptica whenever I was presented with a cold north wall…and one of my instructors always marked me down for it. He said that it was depressing and had no structure. Maybe he is right, but I still like it and it fits perfectly here in our grey theme. Send me pictures if you have used this plant to stunning design success. I would love to make a point.
Garrya elliptica

See trends  #5, and #6 in posts later this week.

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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 Comment

  1. Jenn on June 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    No structure? Maybe you just have to wait a few years:

    Looks good to me.

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