Why are we so shy about color in our gardens? What’s with all those pastels? Give me loud hues, fierce and bright. Like this pair of ice plants, which is anything but icy.
Calendulas sizzle in my garden, their petals glossy orange.
Velvety purple is eye-popping, too.
This scorcher is Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’.
In case its exuberant red wasn’t enough, this ruffled echeveria shot up a look-at-me flower spike.
Lots of succulents in the same genus as jade will blush when given adequate sun. This embarassed crassula is C. capitella.
Which party-hearty aeonium imbibed too much wine?
Also “high” is my garden’s climbing ‘Altissimo’ rose.
Leaves and flowers aren’t the only things in a garden that can bellow.
But back to ice plants. Why their chilly name? The leaves glisten with what looks like ice crystals.
The same lampranthus. I was walking my dog when I spotted a red freesia poking through, and hurried home for my camera.
Gazanias and Drosanthemum floribundum, in my garden.
When contrasted with purple, warm colors pulse more brightly. Statice is a great low-water companion for ground cover succulents.
One more combo, as satisfying as a summer sunset.