Add warmth and drama to your garden with orange-colored plants. Orange plants stand out, even in the darkest of gardens, and can hold their own against bright, patterned backgrounds. To successfully incorporate bright orange plants into your garden, go slow. Choose just one or two plants from our suggestions below. You may find the color so cheerful that you'll be tempted to add more every year. Highlight your orange plants with blue flowering plants, or paint your outbuildings a cool yellow to tone down the heat. Whatever you do, don't avoid using orange in your garden. Excluding orange means you're excluding some of the most vibrant plants available.
Many annual plants provide a burst of orange brightness. Consider zinnia, calendula, begonia or gerbera daisy. Orange annuals look stunning in hanging baskets and deck pots. Bulb choices include dahlia, begonia and tulip. These varieties are favorites of bees and hummingbirds, who can't seem to resist their vibrant color. Perennial choices include poppy, phlox and Echinacea. Many rose varieties are available in bright orange colors as well. With this array of choices, it's easy to design a garden full of orange plants of varying heights, and bloom times.
For the dedicated gardener, a yard devoted to orange wouldn’t be complete without an orange tree. Orange trees not only provide brightly colored fruit, but they add the scent of oranges to the air itself. Orange trees will grow in sandy soils, as long as they are planted in bright sunlight and are given ample water. Dedication is required from gardeners in cold climates. Orange trees will wither and die if exposed to temperatures less than 27 degrees. You may need to bring your orange tree indoors during the wintertime to protect it from freezing.