Heat Up Your Garden With Reds
Heat Up Your Garden
If you're looking for a way to perk up your boring yard, then think color.
Want to add zing and boldness? How about a garden themed with hot colors- dynamic, vibrant reds, bright oranges and sunny yellows?
Go for the Reds
Pure primary red sends out the message: "Stop! Look at me!", and this can work well in containers at the entrance to your house or yard. This pure clean red can be overpowering, so complement it with greenery or harmonize it with dark blue-violet shades. Pure red also works well with its hot harmonies of oranges and orange-yellows.
Reds come in many faces, and they don't all work well together. Cool reds contain some blue, and these reds look well paired with deep blues and violets, or the opposite color, yellow-green. Warm reds have a touch of yellow, and these are the most harmonic with warm yellows and oranges of similar intensity. Warm and cool reds, however are incompatible, and will clash if used together.
Early Spring Zing
Year Round Colour
For the first spring color, plant a bed or a container with rich red tulips, accented with some yellow or purple ones. Primulas are another early spring flower, and shades from pure white through yellows, hot pink, red and purples line nursery shelves, waiting to add color and zip to planters, window boxes and borders.
Add color year round with annuals, try zinnias - wonderful planted alongside some coleus with its dark red leaves. Nastursiums come in a variety of warm reds and oranges, and look great if you've got a few yellow ones in the mix. They stand out, demanding attention, in their nest of rich green leaves. Bright marigolds, with their red-orange will liven up any yard, and need some contrasting deep green foliage to set them off. And how about planting some sunflower seeds in a sunny back corner - the red and bronze blossoms will tower above everything attracting bees.
Big Red - Sunflowers
The choice of perennials with red or hot-colored blossoms is huge, and you'll need to consider your space, soil and light conditions in making these choices. Here are some of my favorites:
- Gaillardia are brightly colored daisy-like flowers, with a contrasting central eye. They are excellent for cutting, and very drought-tolerant. Colors vary from deep wine-red to red/yellow to solid yellow.
- Peonies - gorgeous blowsy, fragrant, blossoms on long-lived plants, with lovely deep green foliage that looks good after the blossoms are gone.
- Poppies are another favorite, especially the oriental poppies with coarse hairy foliage contrasting with the silky blossoms. Whether scarlet orange or pink, their blooms with the dark eye are vivid and attention-getting.
- Another favorite is Montbretia or Crocosomia. This fast-spreading plant has tall grass-like leaves and sprays of red to orange blooms, like miniature gladioli.
- Daylilies are another must - grassy foliage, huge blossoms in golds, yellows, oranges, reds. Hardy and care-free.
- One last perennial I'd include is Monarda - its shaggy red blooms are a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds.
The Garden's Bones - Shrubs
For color and garden structure, year after year, shrubs are the answer. Some have foliage interest, while others rely on blooms. Choose ones which bloom at different times, such as early blooming rhodos (actually, you can find rhododendron varieties that bloom almost any time), and the many varieties of roses for summer color.
Shrubs with bronze or purplish foliage will also add interest and drama to your yard. The reddish purple tones of the smoke bush (Euphorbia cotinifolia) harmonized beautifully with other green shrubs. Ninebark and barberry are two more shrubs with red toned leaves, tending to a darker purplish maroon. Several varieties of Japanese maples with red toned leaves or with leaves tending to the lighter vibrant greens will add interesting contrasts of color and texture.
Fall Needs Color Too
As well as flowers and foliage, add some warm tone berries and fruit, such as hollies, crab apples, mountain ash, pyracantha and cotoneaster. They will also add structure to your plantings. And don't forget the fall leaves, such as burning bush, sumac, maples and service berry.
Vibrant Autumn Color
Colour All Season Long
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