Garden Photo of the Day

Orange is a lovely distraction

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

If anything could distract from the awesome pruning job on the huge conical shrub on the upper terrace of this scene at Longwood Gardens, it would be the shocking orange of this azalea. Wow! I’m not sure I knew they came in this color, but now I’m hooked!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. CountryCousin 06/08/2011

    Can't be sure about the azalea in the photo, but I have a 'screaming orange' azalea from the Northern Lights series, called 'Mandarin Lights'. It wasn't in bloom when I bought it, and the nursery's label said it was going to be a deep rose pink. You can imagine my shock the first year it flowered! But I love it now. Serendipetously, it blooms at the same time as the Brunnera macrophylla planted under it, and the lovely forget-me-not-like blue flowers of the bugloss enhance, and take the edge off, the intense orange of the azalea.

  2. sheilaschultz 06/08/2011

    I know I'm probably in the minority, but I LOVE any plant that is orange! They make me smile ;)

  3. BlessMyBloomers 06/08/2011

    I am not fond of huge conical pruned shrubs in any I am glad you did not share a photo of them...but I do love orange my vote is for the orange azaleas...

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