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Orchid Flower is the color of the year for 2022, and The Garden Guy is beyond thrilled. I know the color of the year is mainly geared toward fashion and interior design, but WGSN (formerly Worth Global Style Network) and their color systems company Coloro believe this will cross all segments of life.

But did they think about gardening, too?

WGSN is based out of London, but you’ll notice addresses globally. You definitely see their expertise and analytics are rippling across the United States. The Garden Guy is here to tell you: Put this color into your landscape and it will catch the visitor’s eye and thrill beyond expectations.

Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush gets 3-feet tall and wide. Here it is partnered with Pugster Blue butterfly bush. (Norman Winter/TNS)  Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush made its debut in 2021. Here it is partnered with Heat it Up Yellow gaillardia. (Norman Winter/TNS) 

The description of Orchid Flower: “vibrant rose hue with purple undertones, it is intense and hyper-realistic, and stimulating.”

Then they say: “Magenta is a color that conveys the feeling of positivity and escapism.”

The positivity description is most certainly appropriate, as the color has royalty written all over it.

Rockin’ Fuchsia salvia is a favorite for hummingbirds and blooms until frost. (Norman Winter/TNS)  Unplugged Pink salvia partners here with new 2022 introductions Luscious Citron lantana and Augusta Lavender heliotrope. (Norman Winter/TNS) 

As The Garden Guy looked at the fashion images to see the intensity of color, plants started to come to mind. New this year in the market is a Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush that matches Orchid Flower to perfection.

This coming spring, Unplugged Pink salvia makes its debut to the delight of hummingbirds everywhere. It could have easily been used in poster material for the promotion of the Orchid Flower color.

Both Lo & Behold Ruby Chip and Unplugged Pink salvia are compact, in the 3-foot range with a 3-foot spread. I expect them to be slightly larger in the South. While they are both to be treasured, they do have siblings that are larger and may be ideally suited if you have a large garden.

Rockin Fuchsia salvia came out in 2020, and they will always be part of my garden. Sometimes I think Rockin Fuchsia is darker in color than Unplugged Pink, and other times they’re almost identical. Rockin Fuchsia salvias have returned for three growing seasons in my zone 8a garden and easily reach 4 feet with an equal spread. Both the salvias, however, are considered perennial in zone 9 and warmer.

By all means, put Miss Molly butterfly bush on your list, too. This will be like the queen of the court for your Orchid Flower color planning. It will easily reach 5 feet in height and width and will take your breath away with its beauty. It is noninvasive and approved for sale to Oregon and Washington (albeit under the name of summer lilac). Why this is not at every garden center in the country is one of the great mysteries of life.

If you are wondering what colors to pair with it, WGSN included a palette suggestion that hit a home run. The palette includes Olive Oil, Butter, Mango Sorbet and Atlantic Blue. The Garden Guy feels pretty good on his selections not knowing the palette I chose as partners: Heat It Up Yellow gaillardia, Luscious Citron lantana, Rockin Blue Suede Shoes salvia and Pugster Blue buddleia.

The new year is always an exciting time with new plants, and you will see that color coordination in the landscape is as much fun as fashion and interior decorating. Make plans to use Orchid Flower and you’ll make the neighbors olive oil green with envy.

Norman Winter, horticulturist, garden speaker and author of “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden.”

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Poll: 72 Percent Say 2022 Economy Will Hurt or Plateau Family Finances

Seventy-two percent of likely voters say their family finances will get worse or stay the same under President Biden’s leadership in 2022, a Monday Trafalgar Group poll revealed.

While Americans experienced 40-year-high inflation and reduced wages in 2021, 41 percent say they expect their family’s finances to become worse in 2022.

Only 25 percent of likely voters say they will get better, and 33 percent estimate they will stay the same.

Broken down among party lines, just 18 percent of independents say their family’s finances will improve during the year. Ten percent of Republicans say the same.

Less than a majority of Democrats believe Biden’s economy will benefit their family this year (40 percent).

The poll sampled 1081 respondents that consisted of 39 percent Democrat, 35 percent Republican, and 25 percent nonpartisan. The margin of error is 2.98 percent.

Low optimism on financial status for #Americans in 2022. 75% believe their status will get worse/stay same:

41.3% Worse
33.2% Same
25.5% Better

Breakdown for “better”

40.3% #Dems
10.6% #GOP
18.1% #Inds@trafalgar_group/@COSProject #poll Report

— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) January 25, 2022

The polling comes as Biden’s economic growth has slowed at the beginning of the year as a result of high prices, labor storages, supply chain woes, and coronavirus chaos, Breitbart News reported:

The U.S. IHS Markit flash composite purchasing managers index, one of the first comprehensive looks at economic growth this year, fell to 50.8 in January from 57.0 in December, severely undershooting expectations and signaling almost no growth in the economy. Economists had forecast a reading of 56.7.

The economy and jobs rank as bigger issues for Americans than coronavirus, but many of Biden’s coronavirus policies have negatively impacted the economy, such as massive spending, mandates, school closures, and vaccine passports.

Biden’s approval rating is pegged at 33 percent.

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