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Orange & Purple – They Belong Together Like Cookies & Milk

by Fern on March 16, 2010

in Container Combos,Flowers Galore

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One of my favorite color combinations is orange and purple. I secretly dream (well, not-so-secretly, because I’ve talked about it a lot on Twitter) of finding a bearded iris with orange standards and purple falls. Don’t think it exists yet, but Kelly Norris assures me that people are working on it.

Anyway, I digress. I’m not sure where my affection for those two colors comes from. Like most kinds of love, it’s seems to be random. Why do people love chocolate or kittens? Since I love these colors so much, and this is the time of year that people are looking for some ideas for their container gardens, I thought I would suggest some really ravishing examples of orange and purple looking awesome together.

Dutch Iris & Butterfly Flower

Dutch Iris by Phillip Bouchard. Butterfly Flower by squamatologist.

Dutch iris (Iris x hollandica) is the flower most people think of when they think of irises. It’s easily found at florists and garden centers alike. In the Spring, you’ll even find it available for sale as a plant, in addition to rhizomes. Butterfly flower, as the name suggests, is a butterfly magnet. It’s a bushy 18 inch plant with bright orange flowers that is easily grown from seed. The contrast between the size and shape of both plants’ flowers and leaves will make a pleasing combo.

Dahlia & Nemophila ‘Penny Black’

Orange dahlia by brockvicky. Nemophila by MShades.

Nemophila is a new-to-me plant. Elayne of Annie’s Annuals introduced me to the plant. From what I can tell, it is a low growing plant that forms waves of lush green foliage dotted with deep eggplant colored flowers dipped in white. I was thinking that it would look really pretty with one of the shorter varieties of dahlias (the one pictured is an orange ‘Bishop’s Children.’).

Hyacinth Bean & Zinnia

Hyacinth Bean by sleepyneko. Orange zinnia by huckleberryblue.

Hyacinth bean is a climbing vine with purple stems, flowers, and beans (though don’t eat them unless you’re prepared to boil them to death to remove the cyanotoxins). Train a couple seedlings to grow up a pyramid trellis and plant shorter variety of orange zinnias at their base to hide their bare legs. Delish!

What is your favorite flower color combination?

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Joseph Tychonievich March 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

I love orange and purple too. And I can’t think about orange and purple without thinking: Tulip Princess Irene. Orange with purple flames. Most. Gorgeous. Tulip. Ever.

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Heather March 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

I agree! These colors are striking together. I wish I had a picture of the purple and orange johnny jump ups I planted. While trying to find a pic of it for you, I came across this variety of pansy called “Jolly Joker” http://www.over-the-moon.us/OLYPEN_IMAGES/FLORA/Pansies2.jpg

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Kat March 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

My favorite color combos tend to change every few years. Right now I’m loving chartreuse and red or bronze. I love the vibrant contrast between the two.
I love orange and purple at Halloween though. I love having a least a container of violas and marigolds around that time of year. So much more festive than orange and black.

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Fern March 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Joseph–Ooh, that is a pretty tulip!

Heather–I’ve really been liked violas and pansies lately. Thanks for sharing that one, it’s new to me.

Kat–Chartreuse and bronze sounds sophisticated. I like it!

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Kelly/Floradora March 17, 2010 at 8:49 am

In lieu of that iris there is Moraea villosa!

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arleen October 23, 2013 at 7:31 am

orange and purple are the only colors discernible to a colorblind relative. Need a decorating scheme for his room,

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