What Would A Tennessee Garden Be Without…


The orange standouts are new to flowering this year although some were planted last year in anticipation of a showy display. Daylilies of course come in all kinds of colors. This one has a little orange in the center while remaining mostly yellow and was picked up at the plant swap last year. The Asiatic lily was a recent purchase, my wife loved the color, and because it’s a plant I liked it too! (I should be more discerning shouldn’t I?) The butterfly weed is a joint favorite of ours around our joint since it looks great and attracts butterflies, hence the name. Monarchs are especially fond of milkweed and butterfly weed is a esteemed member of that lucky family. It does seem a shame to call it a weed though! The last two shots are of the same poppy. This was another pick made by my wife. She may only be able to pick out orange flowers, we’ll have to discuss this issue! I put it in the Japanese maple garden just off our patio. It’s orange color looks pretty neat next to the burgundy foliage of the maple and the ‘Husker’s Red’ Penstemon.

You just can’t have a Tennessee garden without a little orange can you?

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Dave has written GrowingTheHomeGarden.com since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.


  1. No garden should be without a little orange Dave. 😉 It’s a great color during the heat of summer.

  2. Love that Orange.
    I have a few here in my garden.

  3. I’ve never liked orange until recently. My eyes (and hands) always went for blue, purple and pink. Although my border redo is highly biased toward purple and pink and blue in the early bloomers, I do have yellow yarrow and a gorgeous red-orange geum (and our red poppy) currently blooming with more yellow and hopefully red/orange on the way. I love all your orange, especially together.

  4. It has been many years since I left the state of my childhood. Bright Daylillies are a big part of my childhood memories.

    What a Beuatiful blog you have here. Thank You

  5. …especially butterfly weed. I see it along the roadsides and it is so beautiful. I must get some in my garden.

  6. It's hard to live in TN and not be a Big Orange fan! I think it is contagious!

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