Well, by now it is hardly a secret that the Pantone Color of the Year is Tango Tangerine.
It is a deep shade of orange but here’s a more detailed description.
Yes, tango and tangerine all in one color.
The tango – filled with sensuality, barely repressed animal sexuality and total control of staccato yet fluid movement.
Tangerine – filled with aromatic oils, sticky sweet yet tart juice, and so round and firm in the hand.
What a combination!
I’m a big fan of orange and the many shades of orange. Here are a few things I found about my house last night.
This does not include clothing, my yoga mat, or my fabulous piece of carry-on luggage.
In my designs, orange has played a role for years. I was unaware of people’s resistance to orange when I started using it. A good many have come around to my point of view. In truth, it goes with about any other color. You do have to watch with lavender (BIG mistake as a rule). And you must choose your pinks carefully. But a hot pink with a hot orange is, well…… HOT. And the right magenta with the right orange is true paradise.
We have several perennials to choose from for orange. So many new Echinaceas I lose track at times.
‘Tiki Torch’ from Terra Nova has been a favorite since I grew it a few years back. I know they have newer ones but the color on this one is so good.
Of course their ‘Tangerine Dream’ looks good too.
‘Hot Papaya’ is a favorite for certain. Plants Nouveau has introduced many great double echinaceas.
They also have ‘Marmalade.’ Love this one too.
Big SkyTM Sundown (‘Evan Saul’) from Itsaul Plants has been reliable workhorse for us for years. Saul’s were some of the very first with good Echinaceas in the new colors.
Geums are coming on strong these days with many new colors but my favorite is still the oranges. ‘Fireball,’ also from Terra Nova, has been great in my garden at home.
Of course in annuals and tropicals we have always had a large selection to choose from. Remember marigolds, nasturtiums and zinnias? You can still find heirloom cultivars of these at the same time new varieties are coming on the market every year. And let’s not forget cockscomb.
I remain in full love-lust with the plumed variety ‘Fresh Look Orange.’
This has stayed in my top list since it was introduced several years ago. It blooms like crazy, gives great color and texture in the garden, and makes a superb cut flower.
Lantana is a blooming machine in many shades of orange from the nearly red ‘Dallas Red’ to the multi-colored ‘Miss Huff.’ Of course there is ‘Radiation’ (think that one is bright?), ‘Landmark Citrus’, and ‘Tangerine’ (not my first choice but willing to try again). I love the fact ‘Miss Huff’ can reach 4-5 feet tall in a season here in Indiana. I get tired of small plants.
Most of my favorite cannas have orange flowers too – ‘Pretoria,’ Tropicana,’ and ‘Orange Punch.’
‘Orange Sparkler’ is a new one with a lot of potential as well.
It was bred by Brian Williams from down in Louisville and also being marketed by Plants Nouveau.
Orange is not restricted to summer color.
There are early spring pansies.
Fall foliage is certainly always considered in selecting woody plants (Fothergilla).
And let’s not forget the winter blooming witchhazels (‘Jelena’).
Just because ‘Tango Tangerine’ is the official color of the year, remember you don’t have to use just that shade of orange. There are a lot of crayons in the box.