Perfect Purple & Orange Flowers for a Garden

The color purple is synonymous with royalty. It is associated with majesty, dignity, pride, success and accomplishment. The color orange suggests energy and vitality, warmth, enthusiasm and happiness. In a garden, these two strong colors can form an exquisite partnership, complementing one another in a variety of shades, and creating a landscape filled with some of life's perfect creations: beautiful flowers.


"Wild Blue Yonder" was a 2006 All-America Rose Selections winner. The ruffled petals of this grandiflora are purple-red and they also have lavender highlights. With profuse, 4-inch blooms and stems up to 18 inches long, these rich purple roses are an ideal centerpiece for a flowering garden. Wild Blue Yonder also provides a citrus-like fragrance. A lovely, complementary rose might be the Tuscan Sun Floribunda Rose. It was the Floribunda Of The Year winner in 2005. With 4-inch blooms on 12-inch to 14-inch stems, the vibrant orange color of the Tuscan Sun Floribunda Rose is enhanced by a spicy fragrance.


There are over 200 varieties of irises, in a range of lovely colors. The ruffled purple petals of the "Swingtown" and "Pagan Dance" irises add a touch of elegance to the garden. Swingtown has light purple petals and Pagan Dance features a deeper shade of purple, providing the perfect complement to one another. Both these types of irises prefer lots of sunshine and moist, well-drained soil to look their very best. These hardy perennials require very little attention.

African Daisies

The orange African daisy plant (Dimorphotheca sinuaaata) is a cheerful addition to any garden. It is a member of the sunflower family (Asteraceae). Its 1-1/2-inch-wide orange flowers with orange centers are like a sea of brightly smiling, little faces, thriving in full sunshine, and usually blooming from mid-winter and almost year-round. African daisies have many friends among the bees and butterflies who will come visiting all the time.


Tulips are among the springtime blooms that come in both purple and orange, making them an ideal choice for an Easter garden. Tulips look their best when they are planted in groups, just as they were in Paris in 1889, when banks of Darwin tulips attracted almost as much attention as the opening of the Eiffel Tower. Tall and sturdy stems bear blooms up to 6 inches in diameter. Examples are the sherbet orange and red "President Kennedy" variety and "The Bishop," a violet purple variety.


A summertime beauty worthy of consideration is the Profusion Orange Zinnia, a 1999 All America Selection Gold Medal winner for its disease-resistant qualities and abundance of blooms. Tangerine orange daisies will light the way in full sun and fertile soil, but remember not to overwater, because these daisies do not like to get their feet wet. They are also suitable flowers for a hanging basket.

Keywords: Wild Blue Yonder, All America Selections, Darwin hybrid tulips

About this Author

Based in Northern California, Maureen Katemopoulos has been a freelance writer for over 25 years. Her articles on travel, the arts, cuisine and history have appeared in Stanislaus Magazine, Orientations, The Asia Magazine, and The Peninsula Group Magazine, among others. She holds a Baccalaureate degree in journalism from Stanford University.