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Top 15 Favorite Orange Plants

It’s that time of year again when our homes and gardens are decked out in orange and black, and mine is no exception.

And what better occasion than Halloween to talk about one of my favorite colors in the garden – orange!  Awhile ago year I wrote about my favorite black plants, so it only fits that this time I talk about orange.

In all the years I’ve been designing gardens, it goes without saying that orange is, hands-down, the color that gets the most hate.

Time and time again, new clients request that I not use the color orange in their garden.

I understand.  I really do!  I know exactly where this prejudice is coming from.  It’s from driving by that one home in the neighborhood with all the marigolds lined up in a stick-straight row, bordering both sides of the front pathway, with at least two feet of space between each plant.  The look like tidy little soldiers standing to attention.  Am I right?

Once I promise not to do this in their garden, my clients breathe a sigh of relief.  And then, when I show them how many beautiful shades of orange there are and how to use these colors in their gardens, more often than not, they join me on the orange bandwagon.

Except for one client. 

She flatly refused any  hint of orange in her garden.

Over the years of working in her garden, I’d bring my latest offering, hoping to see a glimmer in her eye, but nope – nothing.

Until about a year ago when I ran into her downtown.

Sheepishly, she told me that she broke down and bought her first orange flower and loved it.  And then – drumroll please – she asked for more help picking out other shades of orange for her garden.

Oh yeah, she drank the orange Kool-aid.

 

 

So here we go – my favorite Top 15 orange beauties to add to your garden! read more

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