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Blooms in Blue and Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020

Blooms in Blue and Pantone's Color of the Year for 2020

Classic Blue Flowers Hydrangea

One of the many things that we look forward to every year is Pantone’s announcement of its color of the year. For creatives, this is a great starting point in search of new inspirations. The fashion world, for instance, uses this as a compass for what is to appear before us on the runway. Florists, on the other hand, incorporate these themes in designing flower arrangements and installations. 

In this article, we’ll go in-depth on Pantone’s Classic Blue, true blue flowers, and the relevant flower meanings for flowers that bloom in this hue. 


Classic Blue, Pantone Color of the Year for 2020 

From its outrageously gorgeous selections in the previous years that brought us unforgettable hues, such as Radiant Orchid and  Tangerine Tango, Pantone caps of the decade with a tasteful and timeless choice. Classic Blue or Pantone 19-4052 is the color of the deep blue sea at its calm and the captivating sky. 

For Pressman, Classic Blue evokes rest, dependability, credibility, constancy, and trustworthiness. Likening it to the sky at night, she describes the color as something reassuring and thought-provoking at the same time. 

“From now and then [1999], there’s the same feeling of trepidation about the world, which is why, based on what we saw happening in our global culture, we selected Pantone 19-4052, Classic Blue, to be our color of the year for 2020. ” Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, shares with TIME. “It’s a reassuring blue, full of calm and confidence. It builds connection,” she continued. 

Types of Classic Blue Flowers 

Blue Flowers delphiniums

Now, here’s the catch: blue isn’t one of nature’s favorite colors. As a matter of fact, true blue flowers are hard to come by naturally. This is perhaps what makes Classic Blue flowers extra exquisite. Although they may be rare, they do exist. 

Check out this list of true blue flower species.

  • Cornflower (Centaurea Cyanus)
  • Forget me not (Myotis (laxa)
  • Blue Asters (Aster laevis Bluebird)
  • Heavenly Blue Morning Glory (Ipomoea tricolor)
  • Perry’s Blue (Iris sibrica)
  • Empire Blue Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)
  • Blue Giant, African Lily (Agapanthus)
  • Larkspur or Blue Delphinium varieties
  • Summer Blues (Delphinium grandiflorum)
  • Rhapsody Blue Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
  • Bluebird Hydrangea (Hydrangea serrata)
If you adore orchid plants as much as we do, don’t fret for we have done the research for you. There are a number of researches that suggest that there are rare species of wild classic blue orchids that do exist in a natural setting. The Vanda coerulea orchid remains one of the strongest contenders for this matter. If you are interested to know more about true blue orchids, we encourage you to read our popular article on this subject: Blue Orchids, Do They Really Exist?

However, blue phalaenopsis orchids are only artificial productions. They are in reality pure white orchids that have gone through a meticulous patented dying process with blue pigment. This includes the popular Blue Mystique orchid variety, which was launched in the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition back in 2011.

The same is true for the beautiful blue roses you see in most flower markets today. While painted blue roses are more common, there is also a genetically manipulated rose variety created by the Japanese company Suntory. The "Suntory Blue Rose Applause” was produced by borrowing the blue gene of true blue flowers, a pansy (Viola x wittrockiana) and iris (Iris spp.).

Classic Blue Flower Meaning

Blue forget me not flowers

Whether you hold a bouquet of true blue flowers or artificially colored blooms, there is no arguing that they exude an extraordinary kind of beauty that draws you in. These head-turners would capture the attention (and even the heart) of anyone who receives.

Based on what we have learned from the color experts from Pantone, the following matches the best flower meaning for blooms in classic blue.
  • Serenity
  • Mystery
  • Loyalty
  • Dependability
  • Precious Beauty
  • Assurance
  • Confidence

With these lovely flower meanings in mind, blue flower arrangements become versatile presents for different occasions. They can bring:
    • Comfort and calm
      For friends and family who are going through a rough time in life. 
    • A great impression
      For business clients who you wish to establish a strong connection with 
    • A spectacular surprise
      Wow a loved one with blue flowers so unique and exquisite
    • Honor and appreciation
      For people who you wish to acknowledge for their strength and encouraging presence.

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