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Mountain Gardening: Orange Flowers for the Garden

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Lowe's Mountain Regional Contributor Jodi Torpey is using the Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year - Tangerine Tango - to inspire plans for her 2012 garden.

Mountain-Jodi Torpey

I owe the Pantone Color Institute a note of thanks for selecting Tangerine Tango as the Color of the Year. This energetic reddish orange is going to add spice to one of the dullest spots in my garden.

Mountain-Jodi Torpey

Until now I'd been stumped on how to improve the raised flowerbed in the corner of the yard. Every plant that didn't fit somewhere else ended up here to create a sad mishmash of colors and textures. The bed actually looks its best when covered with a blanket of snow.

With Pantone's permission to be bold, I'm going to plant some colorful, waterwise flowers that will radiate from that corner like a brilliant sunset.


Mountain-Jodi Torpey

Tangerine Tango Plants
Here are four plants that have the Tangerine Tango spirit:

1. Sunset foxglove (Digitalis obscura) has willowlike evergreen foliage, and trumpet-shaped flowers that are orange with red and yellow touches.

Mountain-Jodi Torpey

2. Prairie coneflower (Ratibida columnifera) is a native perennial with raylike yellow flowers tinged with tangerine or red petals edged in gold.

Mountain-Jodi Torpey

3. Sunset hyssop (Agastache rupestris), with its long-blooming, reddish-orange flowers, is perfect for the Tangerine Tango flowerbed.

4. Fire Spinner (Delosperma) is a hardy new ice plant from Plant Select with picture-perfect orange-red flowers in summer.

What other Tangerine Tango plants do you think I should add to my flowerbed?