Posts Tagged ‘color’

Bright Red Cannas

May 24, 2009
Bright red cannas are supposed to be the most invasive, but mine aren't overly so.

Bright red cannas are supposed to be the most invasive, but mine aren't overly so.

This bright red canna is among some that I planted in 1996 when I first moved into the house.  I have heard that cannas, especially red ones, are invasive, but mine have been easily controlled to a limited space.  They add such bright color to the garden, as well as providing greenery with their huge leaves.  I have planted more this year, some that are yellow, and some that are yellow and red.

Blankets of Color

May 20, 2009
These blanket flowers are heat- and drought-tolerant.

These blanket flowers are heat- and drought-tolerant.

I finally got a blanket flower plant.  Our city plants these in the parks and they are so beautiful en masse.  I hope they will flourish in the Labyrinth Garden.  Not only are their flowers colorful, but the withered heads that are going to seed are also beautiful.  The photo really doesn’t do them justice.

The seeds of these flowers are supposed to sprout better on top of the soil, so they spread easily.  I hope so!

Closest I’ve got to a year-round flower

May 14, 2009
Pansies are still bright after having been here since Fall.

Pansies are still bright after having been here since Fall.

I love pansies!  They are so brightly colored, and are one of the few flowers that will bloom through winter here.  During the winter months, we get freezing temperatures alternating with really warm weather.  Pansies may wilt a little if it drops 30 degrees in one afternoon, or after a hailstorm, but they bounce back.  Unfortunately, the heat gets to be a bit much for them around June.  So I’ll be enjoying these for another month before I have to say good-bye!

Sparks of Unexpected Color

April 30, 2009
Freesia.  I have a variety of colors, but couldn't get them all in one photo.

Freesia. I have a variety of colors, but couldn't get them all in one photo.

I love these freesias.  They came in yellows, pinks, and reds.  I forgot that I had planted them until they started poking their heads up through my Iris.  They give a bit of surprise color where it is least expected.  This is the first year I have had them, so I’ll have to report back next year if they rebloom well.