Flower Color: Orange

Agave

Genus: Agavae

This succulent shrub features a tight rosette of fleshy leaves. Many agave varieties are available with differences in leaf color some of which can be variegated. There are also significant size differences between varieties. Agaves do well in very low water situations. Agaves feature stunning leaf arrangements and dramatic forms that can lend a modern minimalist feel to a gardenscape.

Aloe

Genus: Aloe

Aloe are varied succulents that take on both rosette and branching forms. Some varieties have leaves with serrated edges while others are smooth. Most feature spring blooms on tall stalks. Some take on very symmetrical forms that make them striking focal points.

Bougainvillea

Genus: Bougainvillea

These thorny and woody vines can grow very tall when they have a support structure. They can also be trimmed as bushes. The leaves can be solid green or variegated. The actual flowers are small and white appearing in clusters of three. The flowers themselves are surrounded by brightly colored leaf bracts. Bougainvillea are a classic compliment to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture. They can be grown in loose forms or trained to a more formal habit.

California Poppy

Genus: Eschscholzia Californica

These poppies do best in naturalized settings and combined with plantings that can take center stage when the poppies become scraggly in late summer. Orange poppies naturally appear in California grasslands. The blooms close at night and in very hot weather. The flowers are particularly striking when they bloom alongside purple lupine. The plants do not transplant well and do best when started from seeds. In subsequent years the plants are self sowing.

Cosmos

Genus: Cosmos

These perennials are are often grown as annuals. Their white, yellow-orange, pink and fuchsia blooms have simple symmetrical daisy-like blooms that bring color to late summer gardens and fall gardens. White cosmos flowers are a bright and clear in color. The plants have airy fern like foliage. The plants can take the heat and do well in full sun. While the plants can manage with little water, blooming and overall appearance is best when with regular watering. Cosmos can reach 5′ in height. Mature plants benefit from support.

Echiveria

Genus: Echiveria

This low growing succulant is noted by it’s rosette form. The name itself “hen and chicks” comes from the formation on new rosettes at the base of the plant. In this way the plants can spread over a significant area. It is also a nice complement to succulant groupings and rock gardens. Some caution should be paid to avoiding areas with invasive grasses to reduce the need for weed removal. Attractive small flowers appear seasonally on the top of long stems.

Gazania

Genus: Gazania Rigens

This very hardy ground cover is available with a wide variety of flower colors. Yellows and oranges are the most common and may remind some of shopping center flowers. In such cases, pink and cream flowers offer a different look. Foliage varies between glossy green to a gray-green with a powdery appearance. Some gazania varieties have a trailing growth pattern while other types grow in clumps.

Icelandic Poppy

Genus: Papaveracae Papaver

The water needs of icelandic poppies are higher than asiatic poppy varieties. In light of this, icelandic poppies can be treated as an annual with plants sown from seed in the winter or as early spring transplants. The saucer-shaped blooms come in clear colors that top hairy stems of up to a foot in length. Individual blooms can last a week in the garden which is longer than for many poppy varieties. Blooming is more prolific if spent blooms are removed. Blooms will last for a couple of days indoors if the cut is cauterized by a flame or boiling water.

Kangaroo Paw

Genus: Anigozanthos

These plants with sword-like foliage feature blooms that emerge from tall branching stems. The flowers are covered with fine hairs that given them a velvety look. The color of the stems can vary from green to red. Flower colors include cream, yellow, orange and red. The plants are striking additions to rock gardens and landscapes with a distilled, modern look. Kangaroo paws are originally from Australia. The plants do well in arid gardens once established. The blooms do well in cut arrangements.

Lantana

Genus: Lantana

The trailing growth habit makes this flowering shrub appropriate for use as a ground cover while some variations are more upright. The fragrant blooms attract butterflies. Lantana blooms repeatedly with more abundant blooms when planted in full sun. Consideration should be given to lantana placement in the gardenscape as it can become invasive.