Some beautiful flowers that come in orange!
I planted an orange/yellow "Diablo" Cosmos ( sulphureous, from Botanical Interests ). They grow 2-4" here in our concrete, oops I mean clay soil, it has reseeded itself this year. It is beautiful, but beware the seed heads attack my wife, they are a starlike head and sharp seeds, she gets them everywhere, in her shoes, in her pant legs, shirt sleeves, everywhere. She hates that portion of our garden because she gets attacked, LOL. I guess that's why they are called Diablo.
So now I need to think of when. in secret, I can plant them so she can't eat all the berries we have before I get some.
The BEST orange is the Mexican Sunflower, which absolutely dazzles the garden. I bought a packet of seeds about 5 years ago, maybe more, and I haven't had to plant them again as they happily re-seed themselves. I like this much better than the traditional yellow sunflower because they are much less likely to blow over in a thunder storm. The stalks are thinner and more flexible and the flower heads are much smaller so they are not so top heavy. Each plant has multiple blooms, and they bloom all summer long and into the fall. They grow about 4 to 5 feet tall, and make a great backdrop to my garden. The pollinators love them, especially the butterflies. They also produce a lot of seeds which the birds love in the fall. And they are easy to collect, and I'll scatter plant them in a spot for a whole new bed of these beauties.
Note: You can also receive free milkweed seeds by sending us a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Save Our Monarchs
P.O. Box 390135
Minneapolis, MN 55439
The butterflies thank you!!;