Ultra Violet is the “it” color for 2018, chosen by Pantone Color Institute. Interior and fashion designers, as well as horticulturists, are celebrating the color for packing a punch. The color itself is described as “dramatically provocative and thoughtful” and “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

I guess I didn’t realize a love for the color purple was so forward-thinking, or that using it makes us a “little braver and bolder.” Most shades of purple play nicely with other colors and pops against green, bronze and silver foliage.

Let’s take a look at some purple flowers and veggies:

“Virtual Violet” lilac: Violet leaves, deep purple stems, raspberry-purple buds and fragrant violet flowers — this lilac is glorious. It has an upright habit which makes it more compact in the landscape, especially in smaller spaces and as a foundation plant. Leaf petioles remain violet into the summer. (First Editions)

“Purple Prince” alternanthera: Need some drama? This dark purple-burgundy-leaved sun-loving annual has ruby-red undersides and pairs beautifully with many colors. It serves as a low-border groundcover in flower beds and a spreading filler in containers, holding up to heat and humidity. (PanAmerican Seed)

“Starfish” petunia Potunia: An apt name for a pretty two-toned petunia with a purple star in the center of a white field. Described as “bright and unique,” it will flower all season long in most growing conditions. (Dummen Orange)

“Twizzle Purple” Penstemon”: “Twizzle” is a great name for a perennial that hints at a little red in the purple flower. It’s a first-year-flowering penstemon, strong, upright and airy.

“Grandio Blue With Blotch” pansy: Although the name says “blue,” the color is clear purple with a lovely black blotch and yellow eye. It has a uniform habit and requires no special growing conditions, thriving during warm spring stretches. (Sakata Seed)

“Sugar Magnolia” pea: Deep purple pods and bright green interiors make this pea a real showstopper in the veggie garden and on the dinner table. The plant produces violet and dark purple bi-colored flowers and peas that are described as deliciously sweet. (Burpee)

“Purplesnax” carrot: It’s a skinny, sort of weird looking purple carrot with orange flesh, so it has a two-toned effect when sliced. It’’s described as a “supersweet, crazy-crunchy, nutrition-rich, deliriously delicious” carrot. It is a German-bred Nantes Imperator-type carrot. (Burpee)