Hot coloured flowers fit in with the bright sunshine of July and August. Here is a trio of red, yellow and orange, all radiating in bright, sunny colours.
This pretty daylily volunteer chose to grow against my house foundation, squeezed between the sidewalk and the block for my hose. Despite the unfortunate positioning, I enjoy the flower. The blooms are a deep, velvety red, with a golden centre, and golden lines radiating out from the centre. Where the petals curl, they flash a little of the golden underside.
This photo shows the plant squeezed in the narrow spot it chose about 5 years ago. For now, I get a blast of dark red whenever I go to the tap at the side of my house.
In the above photo, you can see some of the golden pollen sprinkled on the petals. It reminds me of when a child eats a sugar donut and ends up with the white powder all over their face.
Here is a golden yellow flower of Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’. With the back lighting through the petals, it couldn’t be any more cheery. This is a sunshine, happy yellow.
The hot orange lilies don’t mind the shade. Where the light hits the petals, the reflection is exactly the colour of a hot sun. If I had a blog called Southern Sun, this would be the header picture.
Most of my garden consists of serene shades of green, with cool blue and purple flowers, some crisp whites, and a few pastels. These hot colours have mostly snuck in, and I can’t help admiring their determination to heat up the garden, “Northern Shade, you’ve got to put on your sunglasses, play some Salsa music, and get into the spirit of summer sun.”