So purple, yellow -- now red. There's not too much red to see in the garden at this time, but it's there to find.

Especially if you're a hummingbird as this Lobelia is coming into its own right now, a beacon to these birds.


I grew this when I was first starting my garden, but it didn't do well for me. I don't know what has taken me so long to try it again, but I'm glad I did this year!

I'm growing it as a water plant in my front garden water barrel, which may be why it's doing so well this time around.

Another plant that needs a bit of supplemental water when it's hot is Hydrangea 'Lady in Red':

The blooms are pretty much gone, but the color remains.

Leaf-cutter bees at work in that last photo.

One of my forgotten and probably-to-be-removed-sometime daylillies (this may be 'Pardon Me'):

I've got three smaller daylily varieties that bore me. My friend Mike said to rip them out. He even gave me a daylily that I am much more excited about. These are not my favorite plants, but in the right spot they really contribute!

Since red is sparse now, let's include the Ratibida:

Is it yellow? Brown? Red? I guess I'd consider it a brownish-red (or reddish brown?) when compared to other red blooms, but in the prairie beds it looks red to me.

I've probably got a bit more red going on than this... the 'Fourth of July' roses are red -- sort of. So is 'Fourth of July':

I usually have more red in the garden, with various Salvias and other plants, but not this year. Maybe later in the summer.


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Anonymous –   – (July 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM)  

Your pictures are just lovely.

Lisa  – (July 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM)  

Still waiting for my lobelia to bloom - I read that it's the reddest red in the garden. We'll see! It's a marginal in our pond and the plant looks great...just needs more heat to bloom, I think.

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