Orange is a warm and happy color – more intense than Yellow and less aggressive than Red.


In color meanings, it is positively associated with gregarious, exuberant, youthful, adventurous, and creative.


A little Orange energizes. Too much orange can feel overly flamboyant, loud and crass.


Orange in nature is associated with heat, fire, sunsets and sunrises, and of course, autumn.


In crystals, Orange is a power and healing color. It stimulates appetite as well as enthusiasm and creativity.


To Native Americans, Orange represents learning or kinship. In Eastern philosophy, the Orange Chakra is in the abdomen and the creative center.


It was also the source of ridiculous jokes as in “Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?”


Orange in the garden is sometimes criticized as too bright and garish – not tasteful. But I think orange brings life to a garden. I use it at home to create tropical heat or add brilliance to an otherwise dark space.

Orange Leonotis leonurus

We use spots of it in the Memorial Garden to add warmth while accentuating other colors.


From deep, near-red burnt Oranges,


to the more fragile Salmons and Apricots…


you’ll find every shade of “Orange” in the Homeward Bound Memorial Garden.


Orange you glad you stopped by?

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I am a nascent gardener, rescuer, and photographer, chronicling the journey of the dogs at Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary near Sacramento, CA - and the Memorial Garden we have devoted to them.

8 thoughts on “Orange”

  1. I love the color orange and I love the close ups of the gorgeous orange wonders. They are really so striking but in big clusters most people wouldn’t see the beauty in each flower or creature. Nicely done – once again.
    Fall is my favorite season and I make sure there is plenty of beautiful fall colors around the house. The majority of color is usually gold (of course) and in the form of fur floating gently from room to room and gracing the patio with it’s collection on tiny debris and leaves. But along with orange, ambers and maroons – well it makes for perfect Fall colors.

  2. Beautiful photos. My mommy is a huge fan of orange in fall, which is her all-time favorite season. Fall means that we have survived another summer and another hurricane season, so it’s a time when we really celebrate . . . and with any luck I will not be forced to wear that silly orange pumpkin Halloween costume again this year. πŸ™‚

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