Coral, Salmon or Peach Combinations

No matter what you call it, the result of mixing red and yellow creates a color that isn't orange or pink, but something in between. And it can be as challenging to find companion colors as it is to put a finger on the exact shade or name.

I've always subscribed to the belief that true red goes with everything. Although these Astrantia flowers are more of a raspberry shade, they mix well with the peach-colored rose. I think it's because the roses contain smudges of raspberry in their petal composition. (At least that's my theory.)

Blue is the black for peachy shades. Of course true blue is almost impossible to find in the floral world. One of the closest is a Veronica called 'Crater Lake Blue', a somewhat sprawling plant that reaches around 12". I wish I knew the name of this Agastache with orange flowers. It's blooming and standing up pretty straight considering it's sheltered from the sun more than is optimum. The surprise is how well it goes with the rose. Yes, it's the same one as in the photo above--Rosa Oso Easy 'Peachy Cream'. Also in the vase are Ornithogalum magnum (the white flower) and Clematis 'Rooguchi', the purple bell flower that is really out of scale for the arrangement.

 
If I had to name the color of this plant (Calceolaria integrifolia) it would be "electric coral," although I suppose you could call it orange. You'll notice a bright yellow version to the right and, behind that, a deep rose-colored flower whose name I don't know. This shot was taken at Sebright Gardens display beds. I love this cheery trio, which works because the colors all have similar depth or saturation. A pale pink would look like an interloper and set my teeth on edge, while a softer yellow would just become part of the background.
Calceolaria integrifolia

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