21 Garden Trends: 2021 Color of the Year

Colors of year 2021. Gray and Yellow. Sunflower on grey background.

This time of year is perfect for grabbing a blanket and getting cozy with your 2021 Jung Seed Catalog while dreaming of your garden plans for next season. Pantone usually announces their Color of the Year to give us some fun inspiration. This year, Pantone announced two colors for 2021! “Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power, while Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements that are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.” Get ready to celebrate Illuminating Yellow with our wide selection of yellow fruits, vegetables, annuals, perennials, and shrubs. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started. 

21 Plants For Your 2021 Garden

Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold

Alumia Vanilla Cream Marigold

New 2021 flower! A lemony-yellow anemone-type marigold. Large 2 1/2 inches flowers with a height of 12 to 14 inches. Attracts butterflies.

Amarillo Gold Rudbeckia

Amarillo Gold Rudbeckia

2020 AAS Regional Winner. Large, 4 to 6 inches, bright yellow blooms with green centers. Grows 12 to 18 feet tall, a size perfect for both containers and landscapes.

Autumn Beauty Mix Sunflower

Autumn Beauty Mix Sunflower

New 2021 flower! Grows 6 to 8 feet tall with flowerheads up to 8 inches across. One plant can have up to 2 dozen flowers all open at the same time. Colors include bright yellow, gold, dark burgundy, and bi-colors.

Cheddar Cauliflower

Cheddar Hybrid Cauliflower

The orange color is beta-carotene, and unlike white cauliflower, Cheddar is a good source of vitamin A. Flavor is excellent, both fresh and cooked.

Cornelian Yellow Cherry

Cornelian Yellow Cherry

New 2021 fruit tree! These ornamental trees grow vitamin-rich fruit. The fruit is large, sweet-tart, and juicy perfect for baked goods, preserves, juice, and wine. Bears 2 to 3 years after planting. Grow as a shrub or small 12 to 15-foot tree.

Garuda Deep Gold Hybrid Marigold

Garuda Deep Gold Hybrid Marigold

2019 AAS Regional Winner. Plants grow 2 to 4 feet tall and produce abundant 5-inch blooms of deep, golden orange.

Golden Sentinel Columnar Apple

Golden Sentinel Columnar Apple

This popular apple tree grows very large and attractive golden-yellow apples that are sweet, juicy, and delicious. Ripens mid-September.

Honeycomb Butterfly Bush

Honeycomb Butterfly Bush

New 2021 shrub! Abundant 12 to 18 inch fragrant, yellow flower spikes are produced all summer on 4 to 8-foot plants. This shrub attracts butterflies by the score.

Hotel California Aoa Hybrid Lily

Hotel California Aoa Hybrid Lily

New 2021 Hybrid Lily! This bold beauty is a new type of lily. The result of a cross between an Asiatic Hybrid and an Oriental Hybrid that is then backcrossed with another Asiatic Lily. The fragrant yellow-orange blooms have a red eye-zone and dark speckles that add dimension.

Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax Pepper

Hungarian Yellow Hot Wax Pepper

Spicy sweet, medium hot, tapered 5 to 6-inch fruits mature from waxy yellow to red. High yielding. Averages 5,000 to 8,000 Scoville units.

Kentucky Wonder Wax Pole Bean

Kentucky Wonder Wax Pole Bean

New 2021 Pole Bean! This heirloom variety has waxy, butter-yellow pods that are 6 to 8 inches long, tender, meaty, and almost stringless. Often used for snap beans when young and as green shell and dried beans later.

Lemon Boy Hybrid Tomato

Lemon Boy Hybrid Tomato

Lemon-yellow color throughout and delicious mild flavor. Deep globe-shaped fruits average 6 to 7 ounces. Disease-resistant indeterminate fruits outyield all other yellow tomatoes.

Moonlight Romantica Hybrid Tea Rose

Moonlight Romantica Hybrid Tea Rose

New 2021 Tea Rose! The 4 inch, fragrant, buttery yellow blooms have a wonderful old-fashioned form that is utterly enchanting both in a vase and on the bush. Disease-resistant plants grow up to 6 feet tall and produce a nearly endless supply of blooms all summer long.

Picotee Yellow Red Hanging Basket Begonia

Picotee Yellow Red Hanging Basket Begonia

Begonia’s size and beauty make them ideal for hanging baskets. 3 bulbs in an 8-inch pot are recommended. Our strain of Begonia offers extra-large double flowers.

Russian Quince

Russian Quince

Our Russian quince is unique for its tender and mild-flavored fruit. High in Vitamin C and pectin, they are used for jams, jellies, baked goods, flavoring, and canning. Small, well-behaved, disease-resistant trees grow 10 to 15 feet tall.

Scentsation Honeysuckle

Scentsation Honeysuckle

Scentsational fragrance! This floriferous honeysuckle bears lemon- yellow, intensely fragrant flowers beginning mid-spring and continuing all summer. The flowers are followed by bright red berries.

Smooth Criminal Hybrid Summer Squash

Smooth Criminal Hybrid Summer Squash

New 2021 Summer Squash! Nearly spineless plants have an upright, open bush habit, producing fruits in abundance along the central stem. The yellow, straight neck fruits have good neck girth and are best when picked at 6 inches.

Sunburst Hybrid Summer Squash

Sunburst Hybrid Summer Squash

Melt-in-your-mouth patty pan-type butter-yellow scalloped fruits. Maintains its delicious buttery, nutty flavor whether picked tiny or at 2 to 5 inches teacup size.

Suntastic Yellow With Black Center Sunflower

Suntastic Yellow With Black Center Sunflower

This is the most floriferous dwarf sunflower to date, bearing up to 20 flowers on plants only 20 inches tall. The flowers are produced in up to 3 waves of 5 to 8 flowers each for a longer flowering period. The 5 to 6-inch blooms are cheerful golden-yellow with black centers. First flowers appear just 50 to 65 days from sowing.

Super Heavyweight Hybrid Pepper

Super Heavyweight Hybrid Pepper

One of the biggest, thickest walled, sweet blocky bell peppers you can grow. The jumbo, juicy bells have marvelous flavor, weigh up to 9 ounces each, and mature from deep green to bright gold.

Yellow Buttercup Hybrid Seedless Watermelon

Yellow Buttercup Hybrid Seedless Watermelon

Regarded as one of the best yellow-fleshed, seedless watermelons available. Bright lemon-yellow flesh is juicy and dense with a high-sugar content giving it a wonderfully crisp texture and super-sweet flavor. Rounded fruits weigh 14 to 16 pounds each. The rind has dark green mottled stripes over a lighter green background.

Yellow tulips bouquet. Colors yellow and gray , Color of the year of 2021 Illuminating , Ultimate Gray.

Pantone Color Institute Executive Director, Leatrice Eiseman, suggests that the gray and yellow color combination expresses resilience and hope. Add rocks to your garden to capture the strong shade of gray and incorporate any of our yellow plants and fruits for uplifting cheerful tones. These colors are not only on-trend but can also create a feeling of warmth and optimism, just what we all need for 2021.

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