The Hot Colors garden is absolutely gorgeous this year. The annuals, perennials and bulbs have been wonderfully large and gorgeous- I’m so pleased!
I’ve planted “Bulls Blood” beets in amongst hot pink celosia and ‘Cherry Rose’ Nasturtiums. I’ve also sprinkled a little hot pink California poppies around the base of the bird hook.
The real star this year has been, by far, the gorgeous Crocosmia. Ages ago, I saw a picture of the Duchess of Cornwall next to a huge clump of Crocosmia and have wanted such a clump ever since. This year, I think I finally got it.
The red hot pokers aren’t bad either. I’ve been intrigued by these plants forever- and when my secretary said that she had grown them for years, I knew they would be a part of the HCG.
I love the dahlias in the back along the hedge: I’ve got a special Dahlia that resists Japanese Beetles (Dear Jungs, Burpee, are you interested?) and its bright red looks excellent as a backdrop.
I’ve even gone one step beyond these photos and pulled out the brand new willow hedge (oops- big Japanese Beetle attractor) and planted privet ‘Golden Vicary’- It will look awesome.
That is, it will look awesome when it grows tall enough to block out the white cloth on the vegetable behind it. (Although that is a great, organic method of preventing crops from being chewed to bits, it is rather ugly.)
One thing that will change soon: I resolve to pull out that ditch lily and put something more suitably orange in its place by this fall- no sense in allowing the thing to take over.
Even if it doesn’t look great in pictures, the Hot Colors Garden looks excellent in person- and I must say, was a clever idea for a bed along the driveway: nice and bright and cheerful as I pull out on the way to work.