Orange roses are a great way to make your garden stand out. Ranging from flaming orange to pale apricot, there is sure to be an orange rose to fit your landscape. Any shade of orange will make a unique addition to your garden, with careful planning.
A beautiful way to showcase orange roses is to plant different hot colored roses together, for a flame effect. Plant the floribundas “Brass Band”, “Gingersnap”, and “Sarabande” together for an orange explosion of bloom. If you prefer hybrid teas, “Dolly Parton”, “Spice Twice” and the beautiful multicolor “Voodoo” create a bright, cheerful landscape. “Hot Cocoa” is a deep orange and makes a wonderful specimen planting.
If bright orange is simply too much, try apricot shades, such as “Brandy”, “Brass Band” and the climber “Autumn Sunset”. “Easy Does It”, “Tahitian Sunset”, and “Eureka” are all award winning apricots. Another option is to try roses of a coral hue, such as “Artistry”, or “All That Jazz”. “Honey Perfume” is know for it’s scent as well as it’s golden apricot color.
Miniature orange roses are another option. Try training the climber “Rocketeer” up a trellis and planting the multicolor “Hot Tamale” at its base. The delicate apricot of “Jean Kneally” is a favorite, while “Carnival Glass” is a more intense apricot. “Autumn SunBlaze “is a hot red-orange, while its’ cousin “Mandarin SunBlaze” features more of a true orange color.
In general, oranges tend to go best with similar or highly contrasting colors. Deep corals and apricots are lovely together, and are set off well by a planting of white blooms around them. Bright oranges and deep, velvety purples and blues, such as delphiniums, go surprisingly well with each other.
Pink and orange can be placed together with some careful planning. Peachy pinks blend well with soft corals shades, and multicolors such as the miniature “Tropical Twist”, which has both pink and orange, can be used to great effect. Very bold, hot pinks make a stunning display with equally hot oranges. Lavender pinks should be avoided, as they tend to clash with any shade of orange.
Yellow shades do well with oranges as long as they are of similar hue and intensity. Pale yellows look washed out next to intense oranges, while bright yellows such as “Golden Showers” look stunning.
Orange roses are great for a variety of garden uses, from specimen plants in a mixed border to being the star in a rose bed. Careful planning will insure your orange roses are a joy for years to come.