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This is not a hymn to Cyndi Lauper (shame you may say) but a publication all about "on-trend" colours for your home interiors and garden.

If 1986, the year True Colours (or Colors) was released, was all about the Habitat black ash look, the monochrome shades of New Romantic Music, what is 2017 going to look like?

Are you sitting down? 

Are you prepared to be shocked?

Do you already know what's #trending this year?

Yes.

Pastel.

Pastel pinks and blues are all the rage - both inside and outside. 

So if you're thinking of a makeover this weekend or the week ahead, we say go pink.

Pink can be posh too: Farrow and Ball have 12 (not 50) shades of pink ranging from Middleton Pink (perfect for our nearby parish?) or Nancy's Blushes to a rather bluntly named Dead Salmon.

These pastel shades are not only on-trend inside your home, but also in the garden.

You may have seen the sprawling pink masses of Clematis Montana draping over walls and fences around north Norfolk and we have to admit it is a stunning sight.

But did you know that pink roses are fashionable this year?

You certainly have a wide range of roses, pink perennials, annuals and flowering evergreens to choose from.

Here's five of our office favourites at Pure North Norfolk:

  1. Campanula: if you choose a dwarf pink variety, unlike other campanulas, this remains compact and tidy and doesn't invade your borders. Grows to 90cm and will repeat flower (in pink) from May to September.
  2. Cornus (or dogwood) deliver a double garden whammy: bright red stems or green stems in winter coupled with pink flowers in late May. It can get leggy but will survive a savage pruning,
  3. Fuchsias: the Pink Fizz produces 2,000 flowers over summer, from June to November. It climbs too to the height of 5 feet and is hardy to -10 meaning it will survive the worst winters north Norfolk can throw at it.
  4. Roses. The variety of pink roses is endless: look at this list from David Austin. For hedging, shrubs, climbers, you can go pink rose crazy this summer, What's your favourites from this 5 page list? We are smitten by the repeat flowering and fragrant Gertrude Jekyll.
  5. Clematis. Not just the ubiquitous Montana variety, but pink Viticellis, Nelly Mosers, alpinas and macropetala. There's a pink clematis for every season too from the speckled winter pink of Clematis Cirrhosa to the late summer flowering Clematis texensis Gravetye Beauty.

Now you've seen 2017's true colours for home and garden in 2017, are you going to tell us your favourites?

We'll be tickled pink if you do!

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