42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

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 There’s no doubt about it – spring flowers are awe-inspiring, mood enhancing, and are breathtaking to look at especially when they are inspired by Pantone colors of the year! 

With Spring in the air, spring flowers have more meaning As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, it’s time to start thinking about how to use these colorful blooms to transform your home and garden. And the great thing about spring flowers is that they come in nearly every color. 

Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

This year, as you’re choosing the right flowers to brighten up your space, get inspired by Pantone’s Spring 2016 color palette. It includes an array of ten colors, both soft and vivid. In addition to the colors of the year, rose quartz and serenity, the palette has eight other hues like fiesta (bright red) and Buttercup (bright yellow).

To help you match in-season flowers to your favorite Pantone colors, FTD created spring flower mood boards. If you’re a fan of peach echo, try decorating with tulips, garden roses, and daylilies. If you prefer green flash, use hellebore, fritillaria, or snowball viburnum. No matter what colors you choose, these flowers are sure to liven up your home or garden and make it smell fantastic! 

I love for color! Especially when it comes to flower. Every week I make sure I feature a beautiful arrangement in my home. They always perk up my mood and inspire all of my creative decisions for the day. I hope these stunning color arrangements inspire you the same! 


42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

Let’s start with Buttercup! In this grouping, you have a wonderful assortment of flowers to choose from. 

  • Yellow Trillium –  They are a species of flowering plants in the family Melanthiaceae, with native populations in the Great Smoky Mountains of the USA and surrounding areas. Yellow Trillium has stunning, rich green leaves spotted with silver. Its bright yellow blooms appear in the center of each leaf, with the petals rising upward. Perfect for brightening up any outdoor space! 
  • Daffodil –  Sunny, yellow daffodils are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived! Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in late winter or early spring. Daffodils are hardy and easy perennials to grow. Daffodils are suitable for planting between shrubs or in a border, or for forcing blooms indoors. They also look wonderful in a woodland garden and in large groves.
  • Freesia –  Freesia Flowers are one of the most fragrant flowers. The Freesia species, Freesia alba caused a sensation when introduced into cultivation in 1878. The flowers come in a great variety of colors – white, golden yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, lavender, purple and bicolors.
  • Pansy –  One of my favorite flowers to plant! Pansies do best in full sun or partial shade. That’s one of the reasons I love them so. Pansies are adaptable small, charming plants. Pansy blooms are single with five petals that are rounded in shape. Pansy flowers have one of three basic color patterns. Blooms can be single, clear color, such as yellow or blue. A second pattern is a single color having black lines radiating from its center. these lines are called penciling and are similar to viola markings. The last type of flower is probably the one most familiar to home gardeners. The bloom of this type has a dark center called a “face.”
  • Golden Columbine –  Golden Columbine adds a bright pop of color to shady gardens with its lemon-yellow blooms. Sturdy stems rise above the fern-like foliage to show off the large, fragrant flowers. The nectar attracts, hummingbirds, hummingbird moths and butterflies. Removing spent flowers will prompt a second bloom.
  • Forsythia – Forsythias are popular early spring flowering shrubs in gardens and parks. Two are commonly cultivated for ornament, Forsythia × intermedia and Forsythia suspensa. They are both spring flowering shrubs, with yellow flowers. They are grown and prized for being tough, reliable garden plants.


42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

The high energy Fiesta is a strong and fiery, yellow-based Red. the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette sure to brighten up anyone’s garden or home! 

  • Amaryllis – The amaryllis is starting to rival the poinsettia as a floral choice for the holiday season. It’s a beautiful bulb plant that produces large, colorful bell-shaped flowers and thrives indoors. Most people treat their amaryllis bulbs as “one-and-done” flowers. In truth, amaryllis bulbs get better with time. The bulbs get bigger, producing more flower stems. Here are some steps for taking care of your amaryllis year-round. One of my favorite flowers for sure but honestly, they all are! 
  • Mandevilla – Know for their glossy leaves and striking trumpet-shaped flowers, the Mandevilla is a majestic beauty. It is generally grown as a vine but can also be pruned to maintain a shrub-like upright shape. Mandevilla (Mandevilla x amabilis) is a hybrid that grows to be a large vine reaching 8 to 10 feet tall. They are generally grown on a trellis. The Mandevilla plant has become a common patio plant, and rightfully so. The brilliant Mandevilla flowers add a tropical flair to any landscape.
  • Butterfly Pentas – Pentas are low maintenance plants. Provided they get plenty of water, sunshine and heat, they will perform beautifully and reward you with an abundance of blooms. Save outdoor plants in winter by digging them up and putting them in a container with a good potting soil. Bring them indoors to a warm room with bright light and no drafts. Reintroduce the plant gradually to the outdoors in spring as soon as ambient temperatures are 65 F. (18 C.) or more.
  • Beardtongue – These unfussy, long-lived plants pump out beautiful foliage and flowers year after year. Plant in fall or spring when cooler temperatures help them get a healthy start. Penstemon plants (Beardtongue) come in a variety of shapes, colors and bloom times to deliver texture and dimension to your garden across the seasons. Penstemons love hot, sunny, dry growing conditions. A favorite of hummingbirds, Beardtongue are low-care, big-color wildflowers that grow quickly when planted in the spring. Native Americans used Penstemon in a variety of remedies. Please note that many of our selections are best grown in western gardens (denoted by the cowboy hat symbol).
  • Poppy – The Red Poppy is a wildflower gardener’s favorite since it grows so easily and successfully in meadows. It’s also wonderful to know that this treasured wildflower is so easy to grow. Almost any sunny spot is fine, and though it prefers neutral to alkaline soils, it is quite adaptable. The only condition it won’t tolerate is very heavy clay. Like all poppies, this one develops a tap root, and if the soil is very heavy, it is almost impossible for it to drive down its tap root in time for good bloom. So plant your Red Poppies in loose soil, and enjoy them as people do worldwide.

Green Flash!

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

Escape the mundane with these beauties! They radiate with beauty while blending beautifully with other colors in the palette. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.”

  • Snowball Viburnum –  Spring’s Most Elegant Flowering Shrub! If you like hydrangeas, then you’ll love the Chinese snowball. They are a classic viburnum that has graced Southern gardens for generations. Chinese snowball is the plant for a savvy spring gardener. Laden with hydrangea-like blooms, a single specimen can add oomph to the border or be trained into a small accent tree. This semievergreen blends beautifully into any yard.
  • Hellebore –  Flowers of hellebores are a welcome sight when they bloom in late winter to early spring, sometimes while the ground is still covered with snow. Different varieties of the hellebore plant offer a range of flower colors, from white to black. One of the earliest blooms spotted in many areas, nodding hellebore flowers are often fragrant and long-lasting.
  • Fritillaria –  Rare and beautiful, these Fritillaria flowers will make a unique addition to your garden. Blooming in the Spring, the Fritillaria will produce vibrant blooms and will do well in any garden. These also work well for keeping deer and rodent pests away. 
  • Lycaste Orchid –  Lycaste species and hybrids are becoming popular for their large numbers of long-lasting flowers that offer a wide range of colors. Few orchids rival a well-grown flowering lycaste plant, such as Lycaste skinneri, in flower size, shape and color. The myth that lycastes are difficult to grow has been dispelled with the increased understanding of these plants’ habitat and cultural requirements. Lycastes have their ancestry in the cloud forests of Central and South America. Whenever I think of buying myself a flower, orchids are always my first choice! 

Iced Coffee! 

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

While they are a transitional color, they will take us gently through the seasons. Their neutral tones make for the perfect floral accompaniment. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee create a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.

  • Pussy Willow –  Few small trees or large shrubs are as easy to grow as the pussy willow (Salix discolor). When growing a pussy willow tree, you’ll find care of the small tree is minimal when it is planted in the right place. Choose the type of pussy willow that will fit the area when mature. When growing a pussy willow tree, there are a variety of mature sizes available for planting. Don’t create unnecessary work for yourself in the care of pussy willows by planting in the wrong place.
  • Baby’s Breath –  With its loose, billowy panicles of tiny single or double pink or white flowers, baby’s breath provides a lightness and airiness to flower gardens. The creeping forms drape beautifully over rock walls. After bloom time, shear the plants to deadhead and for neatness. Plants prefer sweet (alkaline) soils with full sun and excellent drainage.
  • Curly Willow –  Its branches look tortured as they curl and contort out from the trunk, but the willow cultivar aptly named ‘Tortuosa’ is a pleasure in the garden. Curly willow can handle a range of soils, from dry to wet, although wet is best. It grows well in a partial or full sun. I love decorating with Curly Willow. I’ve made a lighted branch arrangement from them and it’s one of my favorite arrangements to date. 

Lilac Gray! 

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in Lilac Gray adds a distinctive edge to this classy gray shade. It’s one of my favorite colors to use when I create floral arrangements. 

  • Dusty Miller – The dusty miller plant (Senecio cineraria) is an interesting landscape addition, grown for its silvery gray foliage. Lacy leaves of the dusty miller plant are attractive companions for many blooms in the garden. Dusty miller comes in several varieties, all of which have silvery foliage, but the shape of the leaves is slightly different. The mature height of the plant ranges from 8 to 18 inches.
  • Echeveria – Echeveria is a large genus of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, native to semi-desert areas of Central America, Mexico, and northwestern South America. Echeverias are arguably the most attractive of all succulents, highly valued for their amazing colors and variation, with the stunning leaf color of many varieties at its most brilliant in the cooler months. Native to the Americas, they are prized by collectors and gardeners alike. Their rosettes range in size from 2cm to 50cm in diameter. They generally flower in the warmer months with colors ranging from white to orange to pink to red.

Limpet Shell!

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

“A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.”

  • Scilla – Scilla species are hardy and diverse mid-spring flowering bulbs. They are easy to care for, and multiply readily as an added bonus all varieties we sell are deer resistant. Great for naturalizing in woodland areas, as well as a ground cover under trees, and in areas where grass will not grow. 
  • Calla Lily – Calla lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers with a unique flower form. Calla lilies come in a wide array of colors viz., shades of green, pink, purple, yellow and orange. Callas are also known by such other common names viz., arum lily, trumpet lily, Pig lily, or Miniature Calla Lily. Calla lilies are native to Southern Africa. Calla lilies are easy to grow and are generally grown from a bulb or rhizome. Calla lilies are excellent houseplants, best for beds, borders, bouquets and flower arrangements. Calla Lilies signify magnificence and beauty. Further combined with the attributes associated with the color you choose, Calla lilies can convey a wealth of meaning.
  • Hydrangea – By far, my favorite shrub! The recent explosion in Hydrangea breeding has brought so many exciting new flower forms to this easy-to-grow shrub! Once considered quite choice, lacecap and oakleaf varieties are now widely available, and the latest cultivars include changing bloom colors and continuous panicle growth.  Hydrangeas are extremely vigorous, long-lived shrubs that offer varied and extravagant blooms throughout summer and into fall, when many shrubs have completed their show. Modern selections come in enticing shades of white, cream, pink, blue, and red, and in lacecap and oakleaf shapes as well as the familiar mophead. The big, rounded flower clusters make handsome dried arrangements. Hydrangeas can show off in gardens or containers and, because they tolerate both wind and salt, make an ideal choice for the seaside summer cottage.

Peach Echo! 

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

Peach Echo evokes warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

  • Pink Tulip –  Like other color tulips, pink tulips are a symbol for happiness. Giving someone a pink tulip bouquet is another way for wishing them well and happiness. Pink tulips are also a symbol of confidence.They are perfect for almost any occasion. They are an elegant and sweet flower, and some are particularly large. These large tulips can possess a certain splendor which expresses extra confidence. Tulips bloom from March to May, depending on what variety they are. They are popular spring flowers because they come in nearly every color from bright red to light pink to dark purple and because they are perennials, meaning that they’ll come back year after year.
  • Daylily –  Daylilies are rugged, adaptable, vigorous perennials that endure in a garden for many years with little or no care. Daylilies adapt to a wide range of soil and light conditions. They establish quickly, grow vigorously, and survive winters with little or no injury. Daylilies are useful in the perennial flower border, planted in large masses, or as a ground cover on slopes, where they form a dense mat in just a few years. Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty. The name is appropriate since each flower lasts only one day. Some of the newer varieties have flowers that open in the evening and remain open until the evening of the following day. Many of these night blooming plants are delightfully fragrant.
  • Geranium –  Geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum) make popular bedding plants in the garden, but they’re also commonly grown indoors or outside in hanging baskets. Growing geranium plants are easy as long as you can give them what they need. Depending on where or how you grow geranium plants, their needs will be somewhat different. Indoors, geraniums need lots of light for blooming but will tolerate moderate light conditions. They also need indoor temps of around 65-70 degrees F. (18-21 C.) during the day and 55 degrees F. (13 C.) at night.
  • Garden Rose –  There are two main categories of garden roses: Modern Garden Roses and Old Garden Roses. Garden roses are predominantly hybrid roses that are grown as ornamental plants in private or public gardens. They are one of the most popular and widely cultivated groups of flowering plants, especially in temperate climates.

Rose Quartz!

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

“Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone…conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”

  • Cherry Blossom –  The average peak bloom date, when 70% of the flowers of the cherry blossom trees are open, is April 4. The peak bloom date last year occurred on April 10.  In the past, peak bloom has occurred as early as March 15 and as late as April 18, according to the National Park Service. The entire blooming period can last up to 14 days, which includes the days leading up to peak bloom. They offer stunning spring flowers, quick growth, handsome bark, and colorful autumn leaves bring smiles to a gardener’s face
  • Peony –  No garden is complete without these imposing plants, which are covered with sumptuous flowers in May and June. True perennials, Herbaceous Peonies may live for fifty years or so, becoming more impressive over time. Peonies are easy to grow and will reward you with armfuls of cut flowers and a splendid show in the garden. They make striking specimen plants, play nicely with other perennials in the garden, and are ideal for bordering a walk or driveway. Early-, mid- and late-blooming varieties are available to extend the flowering season, some of which are fragrant. Peonies are grown in Zones 3 to 8; in the South, they will flower in Alabama but the limit appears to be cooler areas of Zone 8. Southern gardeners should choose early-flowering singles for the best success.
  • Camellia –  As a foundation shrub, or a specimen plant, camellias (Camellia sp.) offer striking green foliage, elegant shaping, and brightly-colored blooms that make them one of the mainstays of the year-round garden. Like many landscape shrubs, there are thousands of cultivated camellia varieties and hybrids.
  • Mountain Laurel –  With its intriguing blooms and evergreen leaves, the mountain-laurel is one of America’s most loved native shrubs. Clusters of striking flowers appear in May and June and range in color from white to pink-rose to deep rose. Regardless of hue, however, they all have unique purple markings. This shrub is considered both an evergreen shrub and a flowering shrub. It keeps its foliage year-round and blooms in a profusion of spring flowers.
  • Deutzia –  A waterfall of white spring blossoms on cascading branches signals that deutzia is in bloom. Positioning this hardy shrub near a low wall or fence and allowing the branches of foamy flowers to spill over is the best way to showcase its late-spring beauty. The compact ‘Nikko’ is a dwarf slender deutzia cultivar that also boasts deep red fall color as well as spring blooms. Showy deutzia forms a large shrub up to 10 feet covered with large white flowers in spring. Hybrids between the two species don’t grow quite as tall, but produce double pink flowers. 
  • Dogwood –  Gardeners often think of dogwoods (Cornus spp.) as small flowering trees, but there are also shrubby species of dogwood that are useful in the garden, often referred to as red twig dogwoods. These also have attractive flower displays, along with a host of other interesting features. The flowers of shrub dogwoods are found in clusters of tiny white blossoms, rather than the big bold blooms of the tree species. However, most dogwood shrubs are grown as much (or more) for their fall and winter appearance, rather than the spring flower display. They are known for having colorful fall foliage and brightly colored stems that light up the garden in winter.


42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

“Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.”

  • Bluestar –  Amsonia is one of those plants that will make people stop in their tracks and ask what it is. At its peak in mid- to late spring, amsonia is adorned with stunning clusters of powder blue flowers. The show doesn’t stop there, however. Its mound of foliage remains attractive all summer long, and as fall approaches, it turns a lovely golden hue. Although the seed pods that develop are attractive, remove them before they mature to prevent self-seeding.
  • Sweet Pea –  The sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) plant truly deserved the name “sweet” because of their delightful fragrance. In recent years, breeders have put fragrance on the back burner, selectively breeding plants with outstanding flowers and a wide range of colors at the expense of fragrance. You can still find fragrant varieties, often labeled as “old fashioned” or “heirloom,” but modern varieties also have their charm. Taking care of sweet peas is easy. They prefer long, cool summers, and don’t last past spring in areas where summers are hot. Where winters are mild, try growing sweet peas over fall and winter.
  • Bellflower –  Romantic, usually bobbing, often blue bellflowers are classic cottage garden plants. Tall types look like something straight out of a fairytale garden while ground-hugging types are good in rock gardens, more formal gardens and many other situations. Most are perennial, but a notable exception is Canterbury bells, a stately biennial (it takes two years to bloom). Flowers come in blue, purple, white, or pink.
  • Forget-Me-Not –  The true forget-me-not flower (Myosotisscorpioides) grows on tall, hairy stems which sometimes reach 2 feet in height. The charming, five-petaled, blue blooms with yellow centers explode from the stems from May through October. Flower petals are sometimes pink as well. Forget-me-not plants often grow near brooks and streams and other bodies of water which offer the high humidity and moisture that is desirable to this species. The perennial forget-me-not flower spreads easily, freely self-seeding for more of the wildflower to grow and bloom in shady spots where the tiny seeds may fall. Forget-me-not flower care is minimal, as with most native wildflowers. Forget-me-not plants grow best in a damp, shady area, but can adapt to full sun.
  • Muscari –  A wild-type grape hyacinth from Turkey, Muscari azureum offers densely packed clusters of sky blue flowers. This species is fantastic for planting in beds and borders or forcing in containers for a dose of early spring color. It grows about 4 inches tall and often self-seeds, naturalizing in the garden. The blue spikes of muscari are lovely on their own, even better as a foil for late daffodils and midseason tulips. Either way, they need to be planted in large numbers for best effect.

Snorkel Blue! 

42 Spring Flowers Inspired by Pantone Colors of the Year

“A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic content. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.”

  • Gentiana Verna –  This is the wildflower for which the Burren in County Clare is famed. Although there are many startlingly attractive flowers growing in this wonderful limestone area of western Ireland, the Spring Gentian is the plant which has become best known of all by those seeking to see the Burren’s great variety of flowers. It’s pure, bright blue solitary flowers (20–25 mm across) are extremely beautiful. As each of the five petal tubes unfurl, they spread to reveal a little white throat. Each flower has small fringed lobes or scales between its petals.
  • Delphinium – Looking like something out of a storybook, delphiniums are the favorite flowers of many gardeners. They produce luxurious, gravity-defying flower spikes of blue, pink, white, or purple flowers, which tower above substantial mounds of coarse leaves. Grow delphinium in cool summer climates with little wind and adequate moisture. They may rebloom if flower stalks are cut back after flowers fade.
  • Morning Glory – Huge, trumpet flowers burst from tall, dense vines with heart-shaped leaves. Morning glories grow quickly, ideal for arbors, screens, and trellises. Morning-Glory flowers are one of the best flowers to decorate our fences and walls. The Morning Glory flowers often show marks where the corolla is neatly folded or rolled up in the bud. The Morning glory flowers start to fade 2 hours before the petals start showing a visible curling. Morning Glories prefer a full sun throughout the day. Morning Glory flowers can be as much as 8 inches across although most are around 4 inches.
  • Primrose –  It’s no wonder primroses are inseparable from spring in our minds. Not only are they among the first perennials to bloom—some even flower in late winter—but their very name implies earliness: Primula derives from the Latin word for “early.” Most primroses produce a ground-hugging rosette of greenery, and their rounded flowers have five petals each. Their leaves range from thick, smooth, and waxy to narrow, hairy, and toothed. Some species bear one flower per stem while others have dome-shaped or rounded clusters of flowers on each stem.  Primroses have common cultural needs, namely moist soil and cool growing conditions. They thrive in full sun in cool-summer areas but usually need partial shade elsewhere. And while they generally need moist soil, most also require good drainage.

I hope this post helps inspire you to get out in your garden and enjoy spring with a passion! 

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