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Hot Summer Color

Creekside Chat

 Summer borders that are filled with vibrant colors can be show-stoppers. When you group perennials together be conscious of complimentary flower colors, leaf color that will help those colors pop, and different leaf shapes and plant heights to make the silhouette of your planting area interesting.

For that striking summer color palette of blue, yellow and red, try planting at the front the adorable little Sun Rose with its open yellow flowers and narrow upright leaves. Behind those can be one of the shorter sages, such as the mounding Pozo Blue, and maybe the cool green leaves and bright red trumpet flowers of a Route 66 fuchsia.  Then in the back, the yellow is picked up by our own San Diego County Sunflower .  That yellow paired with the brilliant deep blue flower spikes of Woolly Blue Curls will be breathtaking. You can add the tall umbellate creamy white flowers of St. Catherine’s Lace and the shorter yarrow to balance the other strong colors.

Another palette could be created from shades of purple and orange. Begin with the low-growing Sand Verbena and the medium-sized sprawling Figueroa Purple Sage, or a glowing Concha California Lilac. For different foliage and to add movement to the planting, tuck in some Purple Three Awn grass. San Diego Willowy Mint brings a darker lavender color and a wonderful fragrance to the mix. Add the touches of orange with the beautiful cup-shaped blooms of Desert Mallow, the happy faces of Bush Monkeyflower, and the tubular orange flowers and soft, grey leaves of San Jose California Fuchsia.  Thread some light purple Wayne Roderick Beach Asters and Blue-Eyed Grass through the gaps between the plants to tie them all together. Don’t forget the iconic sign of a western summer, the California poppies.

Perhaps the best part of these summer color parties is watching the birds and butterflies as they bring even more color and movement to your native garden.

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