Relishing Red

A designer's favorite reds in the garden throughout the year

By: Daniel Mount
Daniel-Mount
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Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers.  He received his first shovel for his…

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Red says, “Stop!”

From A Gardener Comes to Term with Red:

Many garden designers caution against using red. English garden designer and writer Mary Keen warns, “Red… like all stimulants, needs to be handled carefully and treated with respect.” Even the adventurous gardener Christopher Lloyd complains “Large blocks of undiluted red are a mistake; as indigestible as swallowing a lump of uncooked dough.” Floral designer Malcolm Hillier calls red “A blunt jab in the ribs.”


Tulipa praestans‘Fusilier’ with Anemone blanda.  Photo: Daniel Mount

Tulipa praestans‘Fusilier’ with Anemone blanda. Photo: Daniel Mount

SPRING:

Tulipa praestans  ‘Fusilier’; T. sprengeri; T. ‘King’s Blood’; T. ‘Red Shine’

Acer palmatum ‘Shishio Improved’

Chaenomeles japonica ‘ Texas Scarlet’

Rhododendron ‘Ostbo’s Red Elizabeth’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Rhododendron ‘Ostbo’s Red Elizabeth’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Rhododendron ‘Winsome’; R. ‘Ostbo’s Red Elizabeth’; R. ‘Mount Saint Helen’s’

Paeonia tenuifolia; P. ‘Illini Warrior’

Primula japonica ‘Miller’s Crimson’, P. veris ‘Sunset Shades’

Dahlia 'Urchin' Photo: Daniel Mount

Dahlia ‘Urchin’ Photo: Daniel Mount

SUMMER:

Hemerocallis ‘Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll’; H. ‘Coral Majority’

Rosa ‘Dublin Bay’; R. ‘Eye Opener’; R. ‘Chevy Chase’

Dahlia ‘Urchin’; D. ‘Cornell’

Nasturtium ‘ Empress of India’

Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Coleus ‘Big Red Judy’

Lobelia tupa; L. speciosa ‘Compliment Deep Red’

Lilium ‘Naomi’

Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose’

Astilbe ‘Visions in Red’, A. ‘ Fanal’

Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Iresine ‘Blazin’ Rose’ Photo: Daniel Mount

 

Astilbe 'Visions in Red' Photo: Daniel Mount

Astilbe ‘Visions in Red’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Lobelia speciosa ‘Compliment Deep Red’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Lobelia speciosa ‘Compliment Deep Red’ Photo: Daniel Mount

FALL:

Rosa moyesii

Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Scarlet Leader’

Viburnum opulus ‘Compactum’

Fuchsia regia

Oxydendrum arboretum

Quercus robur ‘Crimson Spire’

Vitis coignetiae

Salvia splendens ‘Van Houttei’; S. elegans ‘Golden Delicious’

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’ Photo: Daniel Mount

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Pee Wee’, H. macrophylla ‘ Glowing Embers’

Enkianthus perulatus

Enkianthus perulatus Photo: Daniel Mount

Enkianthus perulatus Photo: Daniel Mount

 

WINTER:

Hamamelis ‘Feuerzauber’

Helleborus ×hybridus  ‘Mardi Gras Maroon Red’

Salix alba ‘Chermesina’.  Photo: Bluestem Nursery

Salix alba ‘Chermesina’. Photo: Bluestem Nursery

Salix alba ‘Chermesina’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’; C. ‘Black Opel’

Ilex ×altaclerensis ‘Golden King’

Skimmia japonica