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Celebrate Pantone's Color of the Year with 30 Peachy Plants

January 22, 2024

Add trendy "Peach Fuzz" color to your garden with flowers and foliage in sunny shades like apricot, coral, melon and salmon.

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Grow Peach-Hued Plants for a Warm and Inviting Garden

Each year, the Pantone Color Institute chooses a color they expect to see everywhere, from fashions to home interiors and gardens. For 2024, it's "Peach Fuzz," a color that signals warmth, softness and elegance.

Adding peach tones to your yard or landscape is easy if you plant peach trees that produce fuzzy fruits. If you don't have enough space or sun for trees, check out our list of other perennials, annuals and shrubs with flowers or foliage in peachy-keen colors. One note: Peach is a blend of yellow, orange, white and pink, and your monitor affects the colors you see. That's OK. "Peach Fuzz" is the new black and goes with almost everything. Shown here: Coneflower (Echinacea) 'Big Kahuna'

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Heuchera 'Primo Peachberry Ice'

Commonly called coral bells, Heuchera 'Primo Peachberry Ice' opens small, cream-colored flowers in the summer, but it's typically grown for its pretty, ruffled foliage. The leaves are apricot orange with a silvery sheen on top and pink undersides; the colors become softer as the weather gets warmer. This perennial has a mounded growth habit, stays 8 to 10 inches tall and spreads 30 to 34 inches. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9, it's great for winter interest and grows nicely in containers. While it can take sun or shade, it does best in part shade and humusy, well-draining soil. Try it with other shade-lovers, like ferns, bleeding hearts and hostas.

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Quince 'Double Take Peach'

If Chaenomeles speciosa doesn’t sound familiar, you probably know it by its common name, flowering quince. 'Double Take Peach' quince, unlike older flowering quinces, is thornless, so the stems are nice for cutting and forcing into bloom in vases. The soft, peach-pink flowers start opening in early spring, the plants tolerate heat and drought and need little, if any, pruning. 'Double Take Peach' is a deciduous shrub for full sun. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9, this quince grows 4 to 5 feet high and wide. Bees love it.

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Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky'

Look for the flash of fireflies and the peachy-orange blooms of Achillea 'Firefly Peach Sky’ in the summer. When they mature, the flowers turn yellow. Also known as yarrow, this Achillea is a drought-tolerant perennial that's hardy in Zones 3-8 and takes full sun. The plants have an upright growth habit and don't usually need staking, although the stems can grow 28 to 32 inches tall and the plants spread 28 to 32 inches. Give 'Firefly Peach Sky' average or poor soil — it dislikes rich soil — and when the flowers finish, cut the plants back by half.

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