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Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunburn Colors

Orhan Pamuk states that “colour is the touch of the eye, music to the deaf, a word out of the darkness.” He reminds me why color is so important in our garden. With the summer heat upon us, do you have a favorite color and do you ever think red? Maybe the first thing that pops in your mind - summer tomatoes.  But let’s switch to ornamentals and think beyond edible moments. Here's a quick Monday round-up of a few of my favorites.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ - Its common name is montbretia and is hardy to Zone 5.  

Hemerocallis ‘Moses Fire’ – This is a favorite Daylily. Hard to capture its true fiery color, try it yourself if you want instant radiance in your Daylily collection.

And if you don’t follow on our Facebook page, I posted this ‘Red Flash’ Caladium over the weekend. This is great for adding a sense of tropical; plus it’s a totally different red.

With a color so bright, it can stand on its own. I add red with everything imaginable under the sun including purples, yellows and soft tones as well.

So have fun with red. Don’t shy away. As Tae Yun Kim points out, “When you are fatigued, lethargic or sluggish for any reason, red has an energizing influence.” Who doesn’t need that on a hot and humid Monday?

Images by Ann Bilowz ©

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