Well 2016 has been a turbulent, unsettling year with Brexit and the US elections, so as we turn our attention to the New Year, we are perhaps looking for a more relaxing, calming 2017. Somewhat insightful, is the on-trend colour for 2017: ‘Greenery’ for the home.
According to Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute, the colour Greenery was chosen “to provide reassurance amid tumultuous political and social environment” and “to satisfy our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise; Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose”.
As a garden designer, I completely agree with this assessment. Although often overlooked as a fantastic source of nature, our gardens are pockets of nature on our doorstep. I certainly find that I feel revitalised and connected to nature when I have spent time amongst ‘Greenery’ in the garden, no matter how big or small, just as long as it is full of plants. And as for relationships, these for me are much deeper when developed in the outdoors.
So, if greenery is the must-have colour for 2017 and you’re in need of some mental rest and recuperation, I suggest turning to your garden. By careful designing, your garden can provide that essential greenery year-round that lifts the spirits along with highlights that give seasonal interest. And if you’re not into painting a wall in your home or piece of furniture green, your garden can provide that essential outdoors-in feel via views out to the greenery in your garden and even provide cuttings to lavishly fill vases - giving that highlight of green in your home too.
So set forth in 2017 with a spring in your step and head to your garden and fill it with wonderful plants!
Rachel Bailey, a garden designer and gardener in Scotland.