If your goal this spring is to make your garden the most beautiful plot of land on the block, you're going to want to use flowering plants with a wide appeal. While you should certainly choose a few of your go-to favorite blossoms, it might be a good idea to incorporate some of the latest color trends of the year - namely, orange flowers. Here are some of the biggest flower color trends to consider.
The Pantone Color Institute's color of the year for 2012 is a fiery reddish orange known as Tangerine Tango. According to the corporation's website, this shade aims to inspire viewers to "recharge and move forward" by providing a visual energy boost. It's also a great attention-getter that will offer your garden the aesthetic renewal you're looking for.
As far as which orange blooms to consider, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine has a few suggestions that might inspire you. For long-lasting color, helenium might be worthwhile, and it's great for making fresh-cut bouquets. "Klondike" cosmos are another type of bright orange flower that will last throughout the summer. Asiatic lilies provide a brilliant pop of color, and look great with white, pink or blue summer flowers. Orange roses and gerbera daisies are also wonderful, versatile choices to include.
How to Incorporate Orange
Luckily, orange blooms can be added to your garden in a variety of ways. OnlineFlowersGuide.com recommends pairing your peach and apricot blossoms with those on the opposite side of the color wheel, like blue or purple flowers. Colorblocking, which is a huge trend both on the runway and in the garden, involves pairing a variety of bright shades together. Mix orange with pink, purple, red, yellow or white blooms for a fresh feel. The source also suggests creating a tropical vibe with orange flowers and plenty of lush greenery. Just use your imagination!
Other Color Trends
If you're not a fan of orange, BetweenUandMe.com asserts that soothing, natural colors like "pale yellows, rich olives and warm aquas" are big for 2012. Just look for soft greenery and plenty of white and yellow blooms in order to create an earthy feel in your outdoor space. Sherbet-looking hues - another big trend - feature pink, peach, yellow and white blossoms and give off a fresh, pretty vibe. The source also suggests making good use of earthy tones like rich chocolate browns, bronze and gold. You should have no problem finding flowers that fit into these categories.