The trend this year seems to be orange: wear it and decorate with it. Wearing it doesn’t work for my skin tones. Nor do I use it much inside my house. But outside it perks up spaces.
Three years ago, I moved a few that were on the edge of the bed to this spot. The green leaves of a Rose of Sharon bush behind them makes them the star of the show. Later, hibiscus-like flowers from the bush will provide some color.
Orange is a funny word. It’s one of the few words in English that no other word rhymes with. Actually, languages are strange. There’s a NPR radio program that answers questions about old family sayings and language, in general. Check out “A Way with Words” and let me know what you think..
The one in the picture is Desert Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii). The flowers are yellow with orange stamens. Because of old incorrect informtion, I usually call it Mexican Bird of Paradise.
Ones with bright orange flowers is Pride of Barbados (Caesalpinia pulcherrima). These are prominent in large box stores. My experience has been that they die in winter here.
Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia mexicana) has yellow flowers and yellow stamens. Since they all look similar, it can be confusing to choose the one that works for you.
Tropicana Roses are one of those indefinable colors, but there’s an orange tint to them. Another great performer. This year it has been filled with flowers. I cut them often to bring inside, but soon more appear.
Maybe you can decide on a specific color pattern for your yard. I simply can’t. Therefore, I have a hodgepodge. This is not what designers recommend.
“Every time I get mad, I remind myself that prison orange is not my color.” Unknown