Color for the Garden – Tangerine Tango 2012

Posted by on Jan 31, 2012 in Landscape Inspiration, Welcoming Wildlife | 0 comments

Signs of spring just around the corner, I have been pouring over plant catalogs and devouring inspirational garden blogs.  I came across a post about the Pantone 2012 upcoming color for the year and it stopped me in my tracks…Tangerine Tango…hmm… bright orange

Tangerine Tango

Now at first thought, bright orange is not my favorite color, you won’t find this color hanging around in my closet.  But as my thoughts often do, they rambled on and I realized that many of my favorite plants I was including for an upcoming presentation; It’s a Bird…Its a Bee…Its Biodiversity – Welcoming Wildlife to Your Colorado Garden, were bright orange.  A recent post by Genevieve at North Coast Gardening listed the designers favorites of orange deer proof plants, so I thought I would add my take on that and give you a few of my favorite butterfly and hummingbird plants, bright orange of course!

Hummingbird Trumpet – Zauschneria garrettii ‘Orange Carpet’

Trumpet Vine – Campsis radicans

Pineleaf Penstemon – Penstemon pinifolius

and a couple of our Colorado natives;

Scarlet bugler – Penstemon barbatus

Wood Lily – Lilium philadelphicum

So it seems that bright orange is welcome in my garden, The hummingbirds love it, and it brings great joy watching all the activity.  Here’s to an outrageous orange year!

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