A Study in Color: Orange in the Garden

While the color orange is often associated with autumn and Halloween, it can also be a great addition to your spring and summer landscaping.

Orange is cheerful and bold. You can bring out the best in orange by blending it with its color wheel complement: blue. By using colors like blue and yellow with orange, you will make your landscape sizzle! Purple is an uncommon, but sophisticated complement for orange. Think it won’t work? They both have red undertones, so they are actual a good match!

Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. Plants give life – they let off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, but this next tidbit is an even bigger surprise! Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.

Here are a few fun ways to incorporate orange into your space:

Lantana – They are known for their rounded clusters of small, brightly-colored flowers. The flowers may be yellow, orange, white, red and purple, and often colors are mixed within the same cluster, creating a bi-colored effect. Most people dislike the smell of the flowers. However, like marigolds, they repel pests!

Tulips – You could use this spring perennial in combination with other colors, as shown to the left. Or you could plant all orange for temporary spring-like pops of color.

Hardscapes – Everyone knows terra-cotta pots are extremely popular. Incorporate orange into your garden by using brick walls and paths, and copper trellises and birdbaths.

As always, you can use orange furniture or pillows. If you are watching your waistline, though, don’t use it near eating areas. Orange increases your appetite!