Rose 'Livin' Easy' is a joy in the garden. Photos Leslie Halleck

In The Garden: Enchanting Orange Flowers

"Orange" you glad?

When it comes to creating a beautiful garden, color reigns. Whether it’s foliage or flowers, the colors you choose set a mood and reflect your personality. Personally, I have a penchant for peach and orange blooms and they fill my garden throughout the seasons. Respecting the color wheel, I pair my orange flowers with complementary blue flowers to create a vibrant color scheme. The peaches pair nicely with purples.

Orange isn’t always the most popular of flower colors but it can definitely spice up a lackluster space. Orange is the color of creativity and joy and it brings both to the garden. Depending on the season there are a number of beautiful orange blooming plants that perform well in Dallas gardens.

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I’m absolutely in love with orange irises…my favorite being ‘Orange Glaze’. For whatever reason, orange is a bit of an unexpected iris color. We’re all used to seeing traditional blues, purples and whites, so the bright pop of orange in early spring is a nice surprise. Pair with orange tulips for a bright and cheery springtime show. Iris plants are available at garden centers now and certain varieties will re-bloom in fall.

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Bright orange French marigolds are one of my favorite annuals to plant for the spring and fall seasons. While marigolds are often thought of as a summer annual, you’ll find that they thrive in cooler temperatures. If you’re looking for a chrysanthemum alternative, marigolds are perfect for fall planting. Other cool-season orange bloomers include cherianthus and Iceland poppy.

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Old-fashioned daylilies are an easy-to-grow and reliable bloomer in the summer heat. We should see daylily blooms begin to emerge soon. There are many peachy-orange hybrid daylilies to choose from as well. They’re perfect paired with blue and purple perennial salvias.

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If you have a shady garden you won’t find a lot of orange options. Crossandra, however, is a stunning orange bloomer for shade, both in the garden and in containers. Crossandra is a tropical that will bloom continuously until first frost.

Now is a good time to look for more orange blooming heat-loving tropicals at your local garden center.

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