Five Fashionable Orange Flowersby Katie Hendrick on October 14, 2011 at 11:11 am
With the surge in postmodern fashion and furniture and all things 1960s, the color orange is everywhere. From the pages of retail catalogues, including Banana Republic, J. Crew, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue, all of which have embraced the tailored, mod style popular on TV shows “Mad Men” and “Pan Am” to wedding magazines, such as Grace Ormonde and the Knot, orange is conspicuously present.
Corresponding with orange’s reign in the fashion world, there are many flowers today that embody the saturated color, including gerberas, Asiatic lilies, marigolds, tulips and roses. And with the huge bounty of orange flowers, there are ample opportunities — from birthday celebrations to bridal bouquets — to ask your florist for flowers in this hue that expresses sentiments of joy, enthusiasm, gratitude and congratulations.
I recently talked to some florists who shared design ideas using my favorite orange blooms.
Mostly orange with undertones of pink, red and yellow, the ‘Sunset’ garden rose is aptly named. Its wavy petals are fun and flirty, inviting a festive evening. I can see beach brides choosing this flower for their bouquets or for a full centerpiece overflowing with other lush flowers.
Dahlias are popular in early fall. The ‘Ginger snap’ dahlia could take a starring role in floral arrangements featuring sunflowers and chrysanthemums placed in fresh or ceramic pumpkin containers. Read more about this type of flower in “Dazzling Dahlias.”
Another fall flower is the chrysanthemum. Cute as a daisy, the ‘Managua Orange’ chrysanthemum blends well with flowers in an array of colors thanks to its non-traditional bronze coloring. If you’re going to a friend’s house for brunch or dinner, send the host a bouquet filled with orange chrysanthemums, hot pink carnations and roses, yellow lilies and gerberas and some bouvardia. See more chrysanthemums in “Fall Flowers.”
Regal flowers shine in orange. Place a clear glass bud vase filled with a couple of ‘Picante’ callas in your guest room or on your desk at work. Your florist can spruce it up with strands of steel grass, bear grass or lily grass or willow branches.
For a swanky autumn floral arrangement, ask your florist for ‘Orange Spot’ mokara orchids in a small rectangular vase or short glass cylinder with some fun accents.
Those are just five of the orange flowers that caught my eye this season. Your florist will have access to all these and more, and can create something sure to delight a friend or loved one, or brighten your own home.
Take a look at some more orange flowers in our Media Gallery, and tell me which ones are your favorites by posting a comment below.