Oranges in the Garden

Candelabra primualsWhen I first started out in gardening, in my younger days, I would turn my nose up at orange flowers, ‘I don’t do orange!’ they were too gaudy and brash! I liked the restrained look of Vita Sackville-West’s white garden, or a subtle mix of pinks and blues.

I’m not sure what or when it happened, but I love a splash of orange now! I’m not sure if I’ve just come to realise that there’s a place for all colours in a garden (still don’t do black leaves though!!) or even on a more physiological view, as we age does our visual acuity change to the extent that we appreciate the vibrancy of colour more. Maybe I’ve just grown up as a gardener!!

I’ve even got an amber and amethyst garden now, full of oranges from peach to rust, calmed down with  all shades of purple. Late summer, early autumn it is glorious with all the yellows and oranges.  This is the area I’m redesigning at the moment, so my favourite orange plants are stashed around the rest of the garden whilst their corner of the garden is sorted.

At the last Harrogate show I bought some big lily bulbs, they came into flower in just the last couple of days. I always keep a beady eye out for lily beetle on these big bulbs.

I love day lilies too, their flowers may be fleeting, but they produce them in such abundance that it doesn’t matter. I’ve got a big plant in the middle of the area I’m clearing, I’m just waiting for it to finish flowering before I dig it up and move it somewhere temporarily.


Roses are another favourite and last autumn I treated myself to a new rose, it’s called Lady Emma Hamilton. The buds are a beautiful blood-orange, then the roses open to a delicate shade of tangerine-pink. I usually plant three roses close together to make one big bush, so it’s going to take pride of place in my AA garden.


Teasing Georgia is climbing over our arch, another beautiful rose is called Buttercup. I love the simplicity of this one and the gentle cupped shape.


Crocosmia can run a bit wild, infact I dug up a huge patch (from the AA garden) as they just got too invasive. However a couple of years ago I spotted at the Harrogate show a beautiful golden yellow one. The flowers are bigger and more rounded than others. It’s gorgeous and at the moment it doesn’t look like it’s going to go too mad…fingers crossed!

Another one in flower at the moment is an helenium, it’s a gorgeous rusty colour, it usually flowers well into the autumn too. Some of the perennial wallflowers have lovely rusty shades too, this one is a rusty orange with purple.


I bought my first alstromeria at Harrogate show this year too, one of my friends has some gorgeous ones and they’ve clumped up amazingly, so I bit the bullet this year and bought one. Even better, once my garden is organised I’ve been promised a clump from my friend…now there’s an incentive to get cracking!

Hopefully, with a bit (or a lot!) of hard work, I’ll get my garden looking like this again, this photo was taken last August in my AA garden. The poem ‘When I grow old I shall wear purple’ comes to mind, maybe there should be another line of ‘When I grow old I shall plant orange flowers…’


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Oranges in the Garden

  1. tialys says:

    It’s a bit like home design isn’t it? It’s all very well looking at all white, minimalist, Scandinavian themed rooms in a magazine and wishing you could have something similar (or is that just me?) but, in reality, most of us want to be surrounded by colour and comfortable things which we have chosen or made because we love them not just because they ‘match’.
    Your garden looks delightful .

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  2. katechiconi says:

    So funny how our decided opinions can change. I’m not a huge yellow fan, but my garden is full of yellow flowers, mainly because the plants that produce them do well in our hot, steamy climate. My yellow double hibiscus with a deep red heart is a case in point – the flowers are as big as saucers!

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  3. kathyreeves says:

    Another batch of amazing blooms!

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  4. KerryCan says:

    I have a sense that garden colors go in and out of vogue, just like home decorating colors do–and orange is having its day right now! I love it, too–but no purple for me!

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    • craftycreeky says:

      You’re probably right Kerry, I like orange in the garden, but not in the house or clothes, where as purple….everywhere 🙂 Life would be boring if we all liked the same things!


  5. anne54 says:

    I just love your garden! It always looks so lush and full of colour (of all sorts!). My heart fell though when you said you have planted alstroemeria. I hope yours is way less invasive than mine. I really regret planting it, although I love the mass of leaves. But the rhizomes are impossible to get rid of ~ sigh.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      I don’t think it’s as invasive over here, it’s not one you here people muttering about, not like common crocosmia. I think it’s interesting how different plants behave differently elsewhere, I was green with envy when I went to NZ and saw all the agapanthus growing like weeds, we have to nurture them and protect them and they are very expensive to buy in the first place!!


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