Growing along roadside verges of a busy road I travel, a small bright orange flower would always catch my eye through the summer months. A couple of years ago, curiosity as to its ID eventually had me searching it out.
For anyone else curious, let me introduce you to Foxes and cubs (also known as Orange Hawkweed). It’s botanic name is Pilosella aurantiaca.
Spotted in a garden centre, Foxes and Cubs is now growing in my garden.
It’s very textural with hairy stems and neat rosette, blue-green leaves.
I love it’s burnt orange colour – I wonder what insects it will attract.
It has joined the garden oranges of Heuchera ‘Marmalade’ and Geums.
Orange is a colour I’ve really warmed to for a few years now. It was also popular at Chelsea Flower Show this year. It goes well with other colours in my garden.
My neat, low growing geum is great for ground cover. I’ve been dividing it for years. I’ll try the same with Foxes and cubs but I’ll have to keep it in check.
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ is another favourite for both me and visiting bees.
It has a bigger foliage clump and taller stems. I’ve never tried dividing it.
As you can see, I’ve become a bit of an orange convert. I would never have guessed that years ago – I really didn’t like it at all. I especially love it with my dark plum Heucheras and Astrantia ‘Ruby Wedding’. What are your thoughts on orange in the garden – love it or loathe it? I think it’s the new yellow 🙂
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2016.