When In Doubt, Add Red
It is not my favorite color, although it is the number one for many. If you were to look in my closet, not a single garment of this shade would be found. There are corals, pinks and oranges amidst the sea of black, but no red. Above: Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Hatsugarasu’.
Out and about in the realm of the Fairegarden, there are a few of this hue, but there is no sea of red here. It is more of a punch of red, red as an accent color. Above: From 2011, unknown red asiatic lily.
In the looseleaf notebook of handwritten lists and journal entries, on the page of ideas for the coming season is the line, *add reds* to several of the beds. Some notes are even more specific with *add more red Salvia greggii* for permanent plantings and *add more red Salvia coccinea*, shown above in 2011, to places in the garden that need more pizzazz via annuals.
For pizzazz is what red adds, it draws the eye like a moth to a moonflower. Last year we added flats of red Salvia scandens along the forty foot wall, to enhance and jazz up the Japanese blood grass and Euphorbia ‘Chameleon’ that has colonized there. The day it was planted, in late April, we took the above photo. That is the best it looked the whole summer. Perhaps S. coccinea will be happier there.
Above: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ is a true red in the Black Garden, backing Monarda didyma ‘Raspberry Wine’ (2010).
Red leaves have nearly the same impact as the flowers, and are much longer lasting, not to mention the flambeau touch they add when backlit. Above: Rouge de Hiver red romaine lettuce afire in a blue pot.
Since this has been proclaimed the year of food here, click here to read about that, these ornamental edibles, like the swiss chard fit the bill in many ways.
The red foliage of the threadleaf Japanese maples makes a real statement in the garden, this one is Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’. And look at that, the deciduous azaleas are blooming along the Azalea Walk. The red one, Rhododendron ‘Crimson Tide’ really does stand out amongst the group, doesn’t it?