Designing with orange plants
Combining the energy of red and the happiness of yellow, orange is one upbeat and enthusiastic color. Trendy and hip, orange demands your attention like no other color. It is one of the warm colors and resembles fire, sunlight and heat. It is also the color most often associated with fall and harvest.
In the garden, orange plants have very high visibility and are often used to accentuate important features of a design — it can make a feature or an area of the garden advance or seem smaller and more intimate. But proceed with caution. Because of its dominating nature, you’ll want to incorporate orange into your garden carefully.
Orange plants grab attention
Orange’s energy raises your awareness of your surroundings. Want to get the attention of passersby? Try a planting of orange flowers along a public sidewalk. Here, ‘Flame Spike’ orange pincushion flowers (Leucospermum cordifolium) bring visual excitement and energy to what could have been a more predictable border planting. The unusual and stunning flowers stem from a rounded, spreading evergreen shrub and add an exotic and dramatic flair. As a bonus, the pincushion flowers are great in cut flower arrangements.
Choose your favorite plants with orange flowers & foliage
Ready to add some of orange’s energy to your borders? Here are 14 plants you may want to add to your plant palette.