I am going to date myself here but as many of my friends know I shy away from certain colors of blooms in my garden. Mainly those colors from the 60’s and 70’s days of my youth and those awful colors of yellow, orange, brown’s and hideous drab olive green’s. The psychedelic hot pinks I could handle. Back then these colors were all the rage but I came to cringe when I saw them or even heard the word orange. I think I was traumatized by those huge flowered prints that were everywhere and on everything from clothes, upholstery, curtains, wall coverings and even outdoor furniture cushions. It was all too much but then everyone was high back then and did not know the difference. Well not everyone maybe because I was not even high or never have been for that matter but it was just the shades of those colors at the time that were so terrible. So I just naturally stayed away from flowers that had those colors in them.
When I started blogging and visiting the gardens that other gardeners had I would see a different shade of orange and think “that is kind of pretty” or “that yellow is not bad and even cheerful”.
So when I came across a beautiful flower that had these colors in a shade I really liked and wanted to add it to the garden I knew it was time to make a new flowerbed.Most of my flowers ran in the pinks and reds then and adding orange with them just made me have flash backs. LOL!
So I have added many flowers to that newer flower bed that I have named my “Hippy” bed over the last couple of years and yellows show up more and more it seems in my other beds.
The ‘Hippy’ bed has echinacea’s of orange in the Hot Papaya and the peach-orange of Summer Sky.
Coreposis with the rust color in Sienna Sunset.
The “Pardon Me” daylilies were moved into this bed.
The yarrows are done blooming but the ‘Orange Perfection’ tall phlox is starting to bloom to take its time of blooming in the '”Hippy” bed.
And pretty new hemerocallis daylily was just plant called
“ El Desperado” to add more yellow to the bed.
And some Becky Shasta daisies are also stuck into the mix.
You may look at all of this and think it is a mess of colors but with each blooming in their own time and layering they all blend well with each other.
Others that will soon be planted in the “Hippy” bed will be more echinaceas like Harvest Moon, Sunrise or Sunset.
Maybe a division from the Stella d’ Oro lily would look good here also.
So I have begun to like some of these colors that once I cringed at but I still cannot grow an orange marigold but not because that they lack a variety of orange, rust and yellow hues but because they just…
smell terrible folks! LOL!
What colors do you shy away from in your garden?