Fierce Color

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

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.

My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via , , , , , , and social media ( and ). My books: , and .   

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Debra Lee Baldwin

Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified, all Timber Press bestsellers. Her goal is to enhance others' enjoyment and awareness of waterwise plants and gardens by showcasing the beauty and design potential of succulents via books, articles, newsletters, photos, videos, social media and more. Debra and husband Jeff live in the foothills north of San Diego. She grew up in Southern California on an avocado ranch, speaks conversational Spanish, and at age 18 graduated magna cum laude from USIU with a degree in English Literature. Her hobbies include thrifting, birding and watercolor painting. Debra's YouTube channel has had over 3,000,000 views.
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