Tastes Change

“Tastes Change”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

High summer here means that with very hot temperatures most of the garden flowers have taken to resting. A few of the heat lovers are still hanging on, but there are not too many. When cooler temperatures come back in October, flowering will start again.

But right now, it is mainly foliage plants with a few flowers here and there that are bringing color. I have noticed that over the last two years, I have added orange to my garden color palette. I never used to like orange, but it has grown on me and in the right area does look good. Until recently, I hated orange colored flowers. I never planted orange marigolds, zinnas, or impatiens. Just didn’t like that color. But, tastes change.

I think the first orange bloomer I planted was a canna called Tropical Sunrise. This is its the third year in the garden, and there is a nice clump now.



This is planted near an orange coleus I purchased this spring. As soon as I saw this bright coleus, I knew it would be perfect placed near this particular canna and an orange daylily.



The daylily that is sharing the border with the coleus and canna is an old one passed along to me.



When the daylily bloomed next to Rustic Orange coleus, it was a great pairing just as I had imagined it would be.



To these orange colored plants I have to mention the orange hibiscus I wrote about recently and an orange lantana given to me by my sister.


It is funny how your tastes change over the years. I never thought I would have so much orange, I flower color I disliked, in my garden.


  1. Lona said,

    August 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    This is so true and really funny because I just did a posting a few days ago about my dislike of orange and my now “Hippy Garden” LOL!.
    Love the coleus and lily combo Jan.

    • Jan said,

      August 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Lona, I have noticed that orange has become a popular color in the last few years. I guess it is growing on us.

  2. August 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I ordered a bag of Gladiolus and I think there were seven in the bag….four of which were orange! I too am coming around to orange. I like your coleus…some of the sun coleus are really stunning. The coleus Rustic Orange looks better in person than in the photo. It is really stunning.

    • Jan said,

      August 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      My orange gladiolus were supposed to be all yellow according to the bag’s photo and name, but they turned out to be yellow with a little orange. I wish I had a photo of the first blooms that showed the coloring. Gradually, they became more orange and less yellow. Now they only have a tiny bit of yellow in the flower. At first I wasn’t happy at all with the color, but I have learned to like it.

  3. August 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Dear Jan, I agree that tastes change over the years. I am amazed how many orange and peach blooms I have in my garden this year – like you I never liked those colors. Your blooms are lovely. P. x

    • Jan said,

      August 10, 2011 at 5:00 am

      Thanks, Pam. It is good to know I am not the only one who changed my mind about this color.

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