January is a good time to look at other times in the garden, and today, with winter chill and snow all around, I thought I’d take a look at some of my favorite warm flowers—reds, oranges, yellows, fun colors. . Bring the garden to life.
Coreopsis auriculata (Zones 4-9) Mouse-ear coreopsis is called for the small, apparently mouse-ear-shaped leaves at the base of the plant. But you have to love it for the masses of bright yellow-orange flowers from late spring to early summer.
flame azaleas (Rhododendron hybrids, zones 5-9) are good names. While evergreen species (mostly native to Asia) bloom in shades of pink, deciduous species (mostly native to North America) start the year in fiery hues of yellow, orange and red.
You’re no doubt familiar with annual zinnias, but how about this wonderful perennial, Xenia Grand Flora (Zones 5-9)? Native to western North America, it thrives in hot, dry locations, spreading slowly to form carpets and blooming with cheerful yellow flowers all summer. Good winter drainage is key to maximum winter hardiness.
Comes in early spring, from small bulbs Corydales Solda (Zones 5-9). Wild species tend to be more rosy-purple, but red selections like this one are stunning. It thrives in woodland conditions, providing early color to the shade garden.
ZhaosChaneria (also known as Epilobium Zones 5-9) is another group of plants that prefer dry soils. If they are too wet during the winter months they don’t last long over winter, but in the right spot they fill the summer with bright red flowers that hummingbirds love.
Native Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis, zones 3–8) have abundant red and orange flowers. It will grow in light shade, but it blooms best with a little more sun. Individual plants are short-lived but often self-sow when happy.
butterfly weed (Asclepias Tuberculosis, zones 5-9) are often grown as a food source for monarch butterflies, but the flowers are fantastic regardless. From deep orange to yellow, they are always beautiful.
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