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Orange / Bronze / Copper foliage plant

thedjjjthedjjj Posts: 84


I'm planning an orange / orange yellow border and for foliage interest particularly more at lower level I'm looking for any plants that might fit that theme.

I've seen Heuchera Creme Brulee, but from what I can gather the flowers are reddish pink which is not the tone I'm after. Anything along the copper, gold, bronze, orange scale that anyone could recommend? Grasses are another option, any height to add in there.



  • a1154a1154 Posts: 1,092

    There are other heucheras, I don't have it but I have seen marmalade. A few carex - red rooster is orange/brown. Firefox?  Phormiums are worth a look - apricot queen? 

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    You could always pick the flowers off the heuchera. I have Marmalade and Creme Brulee - both good foliage plants although not big growers. 

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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,356

    If you like grasses, I have a good reddish/bronze one - Uncinia rubra 'Everflame', which is evergreen and not too large. Don't have a pic I'm afraid.  Lots of the smaller Carexes have good golden foliage and are evergreen - 'Evergold' isparticularly good,  and Hackenochloa makes a good mound over time - they're a bit brighter, and deciduous


    There's also Libertias, which are also evergreen. I have 'Goldfinger' which is as the name suggests. A bit bigger - about 18" - and has small white flowers in spring. It's in front of the dark Phormium in this pic.


    The flowers on Heucheras are fairly insignificant, so I don't think you need to worry too much about them. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    There are some nice small Berberis', which may fit your requirements.

    Stipa arundicea, is a grass that would be good [ it is now called something else, but you could look it up under this name ]

    Carex commans is another suitable grass.

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  • thedjjjthedjjj Posts: 84

    I think I have an uncinia rubra .. I think it was one of those B&Q plants I got for about £1 in winter. I'll see if I can find it ..

    berberis , nice suggestion ! Phormium too .. ill get looking image

  • AuntyRachAuntyRach Posts: 5,167


    I have an orange and lime section. The dwarf conifer is orange-y lime, there is a Spirea gold flame (flowers are pinky mind), Geums (Totally Tangerine and Tequila Sunrise), orange Day Lilies and Helenium (Mardi Gras). 

    Pic shows part of it in May, so the Lilies and Heleniums not blooming yet. 

    My garden and I live in South Wales. 
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,502

    I have Hebe ochracea 'James Stirling', a very neat well behaved shrub amd fully hardy and as well as 'Marmalade'  I have Heuchera/ Tiarella cross 'Brass Lantern', 'Sweet Tea ' is another similar one.  You can also get gold or bronzy leaved heathers. 

    For spring there are a lot of lovely orange/ brown tulips available now. I like to make a spring pot display based around my bronze/maroon Japanese maple, picking up the leaf colour with Heucheras and I use tulip Princess Irene, with its purple flaming, to link the colours and add both orange and purple tulips as well as ones like 'Brown Sugar' for some  playful colour.

  • One of my borders has a lot of red/bronze/black interest, but undergoing maintenance at the moment. I'm a bit disappointed with Heucheras. The ones I have become woody and die in just a few years; with a lot of attention they can be kept going. This year I planted Geranium 'Bob's blunder', a low, spreading form. It seems to carpet in a way that leaves sufficient light/space for other plants to grow through. Other plants I grow include Euphorbia grifithii 'fireglow', Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' and Geranium pratense 'Marshmallow'.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,356

    That's a good shout B'cupdays - the Hebe. I had that round the corner and it's so unusual compared to o  ther plants and shrubs. Really good structural plant. Don't see it in gardens very often.

    Some of the species tulips are good for that  colour scheme, and are low growing and trouble free. I have an olivey/golden one which would certainly work - if I can recall it's name  image


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • thedjjjthedjjj Posts: 84

    AuntyRach, nice Geums.. Totally Tangerine was on my list  image Achillea Terracotta another...

    micearguers, that geranium looks similar to 'Dusky Crug' - really nice, but the pink flower wouldn't go for me in this section ..

    That hebe looks great Buttercupdays, like it image

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