Red is a warm color that can liven up a cool garden landscape and make it a place of passion! The warmness of red stands out in every type of weather, cheering up our souls on a sunny or rainy day. Red promotes activity, vibrancy, excitement, and movement. If you wish to keep the warmth burning – add in oranges and yellows. If you wish to cool it down add in more whites, purples and blues to harmonize the power of red. Hot red flowers make a striking contrast to their green leaves as they are at opposite ends of the color wheel.
Red can call attention to a certain area of the garden and lead people into a very special focal point. Red helps your garden landscape to look larger. Intense red also makes a strong border catching wandering peoples’ eyes into beds of softer colors such as pink, yellow, and white.
There are many beautiful red flowers such as: beebalm, peonies, roses, salvia, saxifrage, rhododendrons, azaleas, echinacea, day lilies, astilbes, and poppies. Also some sedums have red blooms. There are incredible annuals such as dahlias, geraniums, hibiscus, cannas, mandevilla, begonias, impatiens, lipstick plants, red passionflowers, verbena, and zinnias. If you live in the south and are laughing at what we call “annuals” count your blessings you lucky gardener you! There is also the unique Japanese grass called Blood Grass which is famous for its’ bright red tips. And for trees there is the classic Japanese Maple and Dogwood which has red bark that is brilliant all through the winter. And of course you can plant delicious red edibles in any sort of garden landscape: an apple tree, strawberries or raspberries. Whatever reds you choose remember hummingbirds love red so if you are blessed you will have some speedy delicate visitors to your garden.