The colour RED is a power house. It can dominate and take over if used too much in a garden but it can also perk up a bland, pale garden with a solid shot of colour.
There are many shades of red: lots of yellow is found in scarlet and crimson. Others have more blue which then make red more of a burgundy wine colour.
Reds can be tamed by placing them closer to silver but if you put them close to white - you get a razor sharp contrast.
Red berries and bark stand out fabulously in winter against the white of snow.
The first red that will show up in my garden will be the small tulip "Red Riding Hood"
Many tulips are red, the most famous being the Darwin tulip. Above are some frilled red tulips that I received on Mother's Day.
The most successful annual I grew last summer was a red fibrous begonia. In the top picture, you see it paired with white and just as they said - it provides a sharp contrast.
The sharpness of Celosia is toned down by the silvery-gray of Dusty Miller behind it.
Climbing rose 'Blaze' is a deep rich true red. An added bonus is its velvet soft leaves.
One year a surprise white cluster rose grew beside the climbing red rose - don't they look lovely together?
Red lilies make quite a statement, especially when they are massed like this.
Maltese Cross self seeds and provides a terrific scarlet shot of colour among yellow Helenium.
Bee Balm or Bergamot is such an interesting red flower with its fountain-like blooms.
My Dad's front yard full of red dahlias in late summer are nothing short of WOW!
These "Burning Bushes" live up to their common name - they look like they are on fire!
Red berries are gorgeous against a backdrop of white snow
And if all else fails, add red cushions in your sitting area. Nice, bright and cheerful!
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