The garden beckons me every single day, but never is the pull so strong as during the month of April, when the trunks, stems and branches go from bare to brilliant. The pale green of spring is sublime, but it is the crimson hues that grasp and hold tight to our gaze.
Clipped to rounds with pointy tips dipped in flames, Spiraea ‘Magic Carpet’ skips hand in hand with Digitalis ‘Husker Red Faire’, (see number 8 for explanation of the name), down the lane towards May.
The cast of characters:
1. Acer palmatum var.dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’ with Hosta ‘Sunpower’, a perfect match.
2. The long view from the lower deck.
3. Long view from the gravel path behind the main house up the steepest slopes, another Crimson Queen on the left side of the pond.
4. Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Atropurpureum’, Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ and Heuchera ‘Citronelle’ in the front raised bed.
5. Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
6. Heuchera ‘Brownie’ and the Pineapple Sculpture, story about that here.
7. Long view looking across the left slope.
8. Heuchera ‘Silver Scrolls’, Hosta ‘Sunpower’ and Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red Faire’, all of the Huskers here are seedlings of mixed parentage of Husker Red and Sour Grapes and maybe a few more whose names have been lost in the annals of garden tags. The flowers range from pink to pale lavender, very few are the white of the parent.
9. Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ and Hosta ‘Halcyon’, among others.
10. Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’.
11. Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red Faire’, (see number 8), among others.
12. Spiraea japonica ‘Magic Carpet’ and more Huskers. Those Huskers have seeded all over the place!
13. Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis.
It seems we are on a thing for red in April. Here are posts from the last two years on the same topic:
A Punch of Red 2011