Looking for a new color twist this year? Try magenta on for size. Neither pink nor purple, magenta leans towards fuchsia but is deeper.
Designer Daniel Mount is one of the best colorists I know. Where I would settle for a pleasing color echo he achieves that but then kicks it up a notch to become exceptional. In the design above I love the way he has blended the burgundy tones of velvety Big Red Judy coleus with duskier bronze foliage of Kerala Red x Opopeo love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus) before throwing in the wildly vibrant Red Riding Hood phlox. A froth of pale yellow Japanese forest grass edges the border while the rich golden Sun King aralia (Aralia cordata 'Sun King' ) becomes the backdrop.
Red Riding Hood phlox (Phlox paniculata 'Red Riding Hood')
This perennial grows to 2' tall and wide in sun or part shade. The fragrant flowers attract bees and butterflies. Divide every 3-4 years. Hardy in zones 4-8
Sun King aralia (Aralia cordata 'Sun King' )
A standout in the shade garden, this golden leaved perennial grows to 6' tall and 4' wide. White summer flowers are followed by black fruit. Hardy in zones 4-8
Kerala Red x Opopeo love-lies-bleeding (Amaranthus)
An annual worth growing or hunting for. In late summer long tassels of magenta will explode from the central bud. To 5' tall. Birds will love the seed heads!
Enjoy these other combinations by the same designer.
Annual cleome and perennial lilies takes over from phlox for floral color while gold perennials are replaced by creamy white grasses.
Distant tulips echo the rich color of the Ravenswing cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing') stem as it pierces the golden Japanese forest grass in this early season scene. (Be warned; this perennial can become invasive).
Or try these color combos;
Magenta + Black; chic and sophisticated
Magenta + Orange; wild child!
What will you pair it with?