One-Colour Gardens: Red Flowers

Single-colour schemes can be a novel and exciting way of displaying plants. But you do not have to devote an entire garden, border or bed to a single colour, though this could be most impressive. You could try out a scheme in a small bed or part of a border. Besides using flowering plants, include some with coloured foliage, berries and stems. Here I will recommend only flowering plants.

A red scheme

This will create a warm mood in a garden and is particularly cheerful on dull days, of which we seem to have many when the garden is most often used in summer. You could include purple foliage plants in a red scheme, as well as plants with red-violet, violet, orange-red and orange flowers. A completely red garden could be overdone, so you might consider instead a red border or bed in a part of the garden that needs brightening up.

Many plants have red flowers. Some of the ‘essential’ ones, which need sun and well-drained soil unless otherwise stated, are listed here.

PERENNIALS FOR SPRING OR EARLY SUMMER

Bergenia ‘Ballawley’ (moist soil and shade), Lupin ‘The Pages’, Paeonia tactiflora ‘Felix Crousse’ and Papaver orientate ‘Ladybird’.

PERENNIALS FOR SUMMER

Astilbe ‘Fanal’ (moist soil and light shade), dianthus (carnations and pinks), Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’, Geum ‘Mrs Bradshaw’, Lobelia cardinal is (moist soil and light shade), Lychnis chalcedonica and Phlox paniculata ‘Red Indian’ (moist soil).

Lychnis chalcedonica (=Silene chalcedonica)

Lychnis chalcedonica (=Silene chalcedonica) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RED GROUPS

Spring: tulips interplanted with polyanthus.

Summer: dahlias with shrub roses, purple delphiniums, and a backing of the purple-leaved shrub Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’.

Autumn: asters (Michaelmas daisies) behind a group of Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ (still in flower); with frontal groups of schizostylis.

PERENNIALS FOR AUTUMN

Aster novibelgii ‘Winston S. Churchill’.

SHRUBS FOR SPRING

Ribes sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’.

SHRUBS FOR SUMMER

Cistus x purpureas, Escallonia ‘Crimson Spire’, Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ami Pasquier’ (needs moist soil and light shade), shrub rose ‘Heidelberg’, Spiraea x bumalda ‘Anthony Waterer’ and Weigela ‘Bristol Ruby’.

BEDDING PLANTS FOR SPRING

Polyanthus ‘Crimson King’ (needs moist soil, takes shade).

BEDDING PLANTS AND ANNUALS FOR SUMMER

Begonia semperflorens ‘Danica Red’ (likes moist soil and light shade), Dianthus barhatus ‘Crimson Velvet’, Impatiens ‘Blitz’ (likes moist soil and light shade), Pelargonium ‘Mustang’ (seed raised), Petunia ‘Red Joy’, Salvia splendens ‘Fireball’ and Verbena ‘Blaze’.

BULBS

Dahlia ‘Bacchus’ (summer), Gladiolus ‘Carmen’ (summer), Schizostylis coccinea ‘Major’ (autumn) and tulip ‘Red Riding Hood’ (spring).

09. September 2013 by admin
Categories: Top Tips | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on One-Colour Gardens: Red Flowers

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress