Learning to love orange – two new occupants of the “Hot Flush” bed

For years I shunned bright colours in my garden.  The only orange flowered plants I kept from the original garden layout were the Hemerocallis fulva Kwanso  featured in an earlier post.   Any red flowers were all dark reds, they veered towards the blue spectrum with no hint of orange allowed. Then suddenly, in my autumn years, I realized that I was enjoying other gardeners borders full of brightly coloured late flowerers as much as my own pastel drifts of asters, anemones  and  phlox. Out came the spade and the Hot Flush bed started to evolve.

This summer I added Helenium Septemberfuchs…..


….. and Crocosmia Carmine Brilliant


28 thoughts on “Learning to love orange – two new occupants of the “Hot Flush” bed

  1. For the last 2or3 years I have added orange to the garden with (I think )great success…It adds a zing to lots of areas like purple beds ,etc.walk round with an orange flower and try to get the feel..works wonders..

    • I’m looking forward to seeing more photographs of your garden soon, hopefully showing some of the orange plants. At the moment I am concentrating on improving the hot area with its reds, oranges, and bright yellows plus a few “acid” tones but I may expand my use of them when I start dividing the plants. I do agree that wandering round with a flower produces some great results, especially now we have digital photography and it’s easy to take shots to remind you of possible new plant combinations.

      • I’ve been in this garden for 35 years ,when I first started to garden it was while the children were small so I had to accommodate them and all their toys and pets.Planting was very much a see it and buy it regardless of colour or even knowledge of the plant .But the years pass and for me the colour and texture has taken over.I think it’s the textile connection.But it’s never just so,we are,as gardeners always seeking perfection,in my case never happy unless I’m redoing an area.Good luck with your oranges.

      • I came here in the late sixties when I married and my story is very much the same as yours although my mother was a keen gardener and I had learnt a fair bit from her so knew how to choose low-maintenance plants.
        Back then I wore bright orange clothes, had orange gloss paint on several of the doors and used some amazing Habitat fabric (orange & chocolate brown) to make a pair of curtains. I don’t think there is any possibility that I will go back to decorating my house in orange but I wish I had tried it in the garden much sooner.
        I never understand it when people tell me they have “finished their garden,” mine is a WIP, just like my novel, although I am determined to finish revising that over the winter.

      • good luck with everything…my daughter and her husband have a house full of 70’s ‘stuff’ it’s like a time warp …but quite interesting …but also one I definitely could not live with…by the way just bought a pack of orange wallflowers….mmmm now where shall I put those…?

  2. Orange is just so sassy! That’s why I love it! And it doesn’t matter what the flower is. Tulips, red hot pokers, portulaca, zinnias, nasturtiums, marigolds, you name it, I believe I have an urgent need for it!

  3. I like the really dark marigolds; I had used them for companion planting with the greenhouse tomatoes for the past 30 years and now grow extra to plant out. My favourite kniphofia is “Tawny King” do you have any favourites from your list?

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