Orange, the New Hot Color: How Do I Use It in the Garden?

orange dahlia flower

If you are interested in design at all, or been shopping lately anywhere they sell…well, anything, you’ve noticed shades of orange on everything from sundresses to sofas. It used to be orange in the garden was reserved to tropical or desert styles. Or marigolds. (Not a big fan of marigolds here, if only because they have been so overused…) Now it’s easy to use this uplifting color in any garden design, and here are TGG’s top picks for flowers that come in the color of sunsets and fun vacation drinks! (And who doesn’t want more of that?)

Flower varieties that are hot this year, and not just because they are orange! (Photos are shown below each name and description)

Echinacea

This is a perennial (comes back every year) commonly known as coneflower, and the original variety that everyone is familiar with is purple. The last few years, coneflowers have exploded in popularity, and so have the varieties available. We LOVE Indian Summer. This particular one is hardy down to zone 6, loves heat, is drought tolerant, and blooms all summer. It grows 18 inches tall and as wide, and is deer resistant. Try it in large containers as well! One of TGG’s favorite plant addictions! Other great new orange varieties? Look for Flame Thrower and Tiki Torch.

orange echinacea flowers
Image Credits: whiteflowerfarm

Coreopsis

Another great and easy perennial, also handles heat and drought, and blooms all summer! Dead head flowers weekly for best bloom. Varieties we find fascinating this season? Desert Coral reblooms so fast, old flowers are covered quickly, and can be used in containers. Sienna Sunset is another great one.

orange coreopsis

Daylily

We all love Daylily’s for their eays ability to adapt to almost any situation, add texture to the garden and bloom their heads off. Try Hemerocallis Primal Scream or Hemerocallis Jersey Earlybird Oriole for a wonderful jolt of color in the mid to late summer, when we all need some waking up in the garden. Also drought and deer resistant.

orange day lily flower

Mums

We all know and love mums for late summer and early fall color, and what better color than orange to welcome Autumn in it’s glory? Mums are technically perennials, but are sold as annuals in many parts of the country. Try the wonderfully exotic looking Matchsticks, or Mum Cheerleader for a great shot of orange at just the right time of year.

orange chrysanthemum flowers

Your local nursery is likely to have many more varieties of orange flowers with different varietal names. Make sure you use a little bit of this hot color (or a lot) in your garden design this year.

Does anyone have a fav orange flower? Comment and tell us about it!



2 Comments

  1. Korie June 6, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    The green gene runs in my family (so they say) and this is my first year growing anything. Nothing dead yet– fingers crossed! I’m a University of Tennessee alumna, so I’ve been really interested in anything that blooms orange & white. Love this article! Orange may not be the “hot” color this year (I see I’m about 2 years late), but you better believe it’s piping hot in this household! Are those Maarn dahlias in the first picture?? I’m obsessed with them, but can’t seem to find anyone at my local nurseries that know of them or where to get them. Anyway, I just love that you dedicated an entire post to orange blooms– tons of ideas now! Thank you thank you! :-)

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

      Glad you love the orange! Energy in the garden!

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