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 orange flowers! They come in the color of sunsets and fun vacation drinks! (And who doesn’t want more of that?)
Orange Flowers We Love!
Flower varieties that are hot this year, and not just because they are orange! (Photos are shown below with each name and description)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.