Red Annuals & Perennials Are Always Garden Showstoppers



Source: Broyle's

Whenever I walk into a greenhouse in the spring, my eyes immediately go to the red blossoms.  Warm colors like red (and also orange and yellow)  advance to the eye, while cool and/or paler colors recede and seem to disappear in the distance.  


While I am not a proponent of an all red or predominantly red garden, pops of red  in my flower border, draw in the eyes of many passersby.

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My summer of 2010 border has a gorgeous red Gardenview Scarlet Monarda. 

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Bee Balm or Monarda, a long blooming Zone 4-9 perennial.  Only mildly invasive, if kept in check each spring with division, and removing stray runners close to the surface.  I actually have had more trouble keeping it alive through a hard zone 3 winter, than keeping it in check.

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Another orangy-red perennial in my border is the Maltese Cross.  A super hardy Zone 2-9 perennial plant that is never ever invasive.

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The last red perennial in my front flower border is a red astilbe.  My astilbe is a pinkish red, and quite long lived in my Zone 3 garden.

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Now on to my favorite red annuals...like this ivy geranium in a hanging galvanized bucket.

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 Gorgeous containers of red geraniums on the patio at my brother and sister in law's house.  Nothing says summer better than red geraniums!

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Here, red geraniums planted in a vintage lard tub work perfectly in a patriotic display!

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Another red annual favorite, trailing verbena, are planted in a  blue enamel coffee pot.

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Gorgeous on my potting sink last summer is a red tuberous begonia in an old enamelware tea kettle.

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While red trailing petunias are a deadheading nightmare, you can't argue with the beauty of a red one in a galvanized bucket inside an old egg crate.

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Less work than a trailing petunia and almost as striking, is a red calibrachoa or Million Bells.  

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With a north facing house, I became a fan of red impatiens early on in my gardening career.  Plant them in an old tub and display them with vintage sprinklers.

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Double red impatiens in terracotta pots perched here on an old tree house ladder.

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Last year, I had a terracotta pot garden edging planted with red impatiens.

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The red star blossoms of these nicotiana upstage the pale ones in this mixed container planting.

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Last year I loved red and white Swingtime fuchsias in hanging galvanized pails, that I planted them again this year.

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So remember to add some red to your yard and gardens, and they will get noticed!





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6 comments:

  1. Well you know I love some red but your garden I love more. I wish I could come and tour it. Stunning. I have to pin and share it.

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  2. One of my very favorite garden posts ever! I love red flowers and I love all the creative things you've done with them!! Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  3. Love, Love, Love the red perrinials! I think your lard can plant is perfect! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Blessings..
    ~Sherri

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  4. Beautiful Carlene! You are quite the gardener. Unfortunately half those plants wouldn't grow for me down here at all. I used to grow lots of geraniums up North but here they just die...too much heat I guess. Someday I'll be back up North hopefully and all will be right with the world! LOL!

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  5. What's the groundcover in the "Chicken Coop" photo?

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    1. There are moss roses, an annual, and perennial stone crop sedum.

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