Creating the Pantone colors into clay has helped me in overcoming this issue and I can now see so many other color possibilities.
I have to say though as much as I love the color green, I am not so keen on the Margarita shade. They refer to it as a "refreshingly piquant yellow-green colour that is like the drink minus the alcohol". But when you compare the Pantone Margarita swatch to a real Margarita drink I do not see the similarity. To me the Pantone shade is more like a variation of last year's Peapod and more like a seafoam as opposed to the cool lime colored beverage. What do you think?
See the difference?
Personally I love the more lime green combined with the other Pantone summery colors like Tangerine Tango and Cabaret....
I also prefer a more intense yellow shade of green (like in the flowers above) which has more of a "kick" to it than the Pantone shade that is muted. But then that is my opinion.
Of course this green does have it's place on the color scale and can work as a neutral to tone down some of the other colors if you prefer a softer palette. Here are a few photos to get you thinking with the clay color recipe below.
1 part Cilantro Mix # 7-3 *
4 parts White Mix # 1-2 *
2 parts Ecru Mix # 2-8 *
* Base colors for this recipe are found in my Clay Color System.