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Red, and Its Place

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Plate 19. Red Phlox in a Composition for August
1. Artemisia lactiflora 4. Phlox Mary Louise
2. Phlox Charles Curtis 5. Ageratum Blue Cap
3. Platycodon grandiflorum  

Red, and the closely associated hues of crimson, scarlet, and red-orange can be important in a garden composition, but rarely do you see or want to see, in this climate at least, a garden where these colors predominate. Too often they are omitted altogether, but they are a means of securing greater distinction and a desirable warmth. Brilliant reds and true scarlets are admirable for accent, especially against a dense green background. They attract attention as nothing else will. On account of their vitality and strength, use them discreetly in small amounts. (Plate 19.)

Pure red is best with subdued blue-green foliage or with white or clear blue flowers for sharp contrast. Soft yellows and lavenders can be used with it for subtle contrast. Pleasing groups can be created with the analogous colors red-violet and red-orange, but red that inclines toward yellow should not be used with pinks, blue-red (magenta), or purple, although pure red may be.

RED FLOWERS

SPRING

Medium:

Iris germanica Christabel
Garden Magic
Redward
Paeonia officinalis Auguste Dessert
Felix Crousse
Kewanee
Longfellow
Nippon Brilliant
suffruticosa (moutan) Morris

Bulbs:

Tulip Arabian Night
City of Haarlem
Tulip Crimson Giant
J. K. Lilly
Nestinari

Shrubs:

Acer palmatum Bloodleaf
Azalea mollis Kosters Red
Chaenomeles lagenaria (Cydonia) Spitfire
Stanford Red
Crataegus oxycantha Doublered
Pauls Scarlet
Cydonia (see Chaenomeles)
Rhododendron Charles Dickens
Kettledrum
Weigela Bristol Ruby

SUMMER

Low:

Geum chiloense Mrs. Bradshaw
Heuchera sanguinea Pluie de Feu
Lychnis arkwrighti

Medium:

Aquilegia Giant Ruby-red hybrids
Astilbe Fanal
Granat
Centranthus ruber
Chrysanthemum coccineum Buckeye
Dianthus barbatus Scarlet Beauty
caryophyllus Crimson King
King of Black
Gaillardia General Geo. Patton
Ruby
Hemerocallis Fashion
Spitfire
Lilium amabile
pardalinum Californicum Select
unbellatum Campfire
Lychnis chalcedonica
forresti hybrids
Monarda didyma Cambridge Scarlet
Montbretia
Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere
Fireflame
Joyce
Penstemon Firebird
Garnet
Phlox paniculata Augusta
Charles Curtis
Leo Schlageter

FALL

Low:

Chrysanthemum Redbreast
Red Cloud

Medium:

Aster Beechwood Challenger
novibelgi Ypres
Chrysanthemum Bokhara
Caliph
Courageous
Chrysanthemum Detroiter
Ruby Pompom
Helenium autumnale rubrum
 

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