So They Won’t Let You Paint Your House Orange

April 23, 2008 | By | Comments (2)

Creative Readers,
Have you ever felt stifled and ham-strung by  snooty homeowner associations that won’t let you paint your house orange,  magenta, or other gaudy colors because they’re not “tasteful”? Well, here’s an  easy way to fight back. Just plant flowers with those very same colors. The  new Big Sky series of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is just  the ticket.

Now the original purple coneflower produced blossoms of  lavender-pink, rose, or white. Then ItSaul Plants in Alpharetta, Georgia  crossed E. purpurea with its cousin, the yellow coneflower (E.  paradoxa). Voila! Blooms in colors so screamingly loud you’ll have to wear  earplugs at night!

The one pictured  is ‘Sunset,’ featuring shocking, golden-orange blooms
with a red-orange cone.  Want something even more outrageous? Try
neon-magenta ‘Fatal Attraction”  (named, no doubt, for the movie that
proved to be a terrible choice to take a  first date). Or rich
golden-yellow ‘Harvest Moon.’ As an added bonus, you’ll  notice that
unlike ordinary purple coneflower, these new ones are pleasantly

Garden centers often carry the Big Sky series, but if the one near  you doesn’t, try And be  gaudy little boys and girls.


  1. Melanie

    Thankfully we can paint our house any color. That being said, it’s sided in white vinyl so I guess I need some more orange flowers as I LOVE orange in the garden.

    April 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm
  2. Nancy Bond

    Can’t paint the house orange? Well! That would make me a Grumpy Gardener, too! 🙂 These are outstanding new plants.

    April 23, 2008 at 2:52 pm

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