While not every landscape will benefit from the use of red flowers and foliage, the majority can add a striking combination of color, texture and form with the use of this color.
Consider the appearance of your home or office; use the color red in the garden for a striking display with pleasing aesthetic value
If the color of your home does not coordinate well with the color red, consider its use in other areas of the landscape. Drape a vine over a fence or plant bulbs at the woodlands edge.
Lycoris radiata, the red Surprise Lily is often planted on the edge of lawns or in naturalized areas. For those unaware of its habits, blooms are often a yearly surprise as the foliage does not grow until the autumn blooms are spent.
These intricate blossoms grow from bulbs, and are best planted or divided in fall and covered with mulch in zones 7 and 8.
The annual Cardinal Climber vine is a great example of the perfect display on a white or weathered fence. Feathery foliage and abundant red flowers often last until frost takes them away, provided that the vine is sited in full sun and has adequate moisture.
You may see comparable results when planting its cousin the Cypress Vine. Both are of the Ipomoea family. Both attract hummingbirds and pollinators. Add a hummingbird feeder and seating in the area for a perfect place to watch nature in the autumn garden.
Fall Foliage from Shrubs
Deciduous shrubs may provide red autumn color along with that from deciduous trees. The Burning Bush is popular in many autumn landscapes as is the dwarf Nandina ‘Firepower’. Plant for your own burst of radiant red to enjoy in the autumn landscape.