I know what you’re thinking: I’m showing you a tree in all of its autumn splendor. Actually, this is what a flamingo Chinese cedar (Toona sinensis ‘Flamingo’) looks like now, with its fresh spring leaves.
When I saw it (at the University of CA, Davis, Arboretum last week) it made me realize that coral is my probably my favorite color for leaves or flowers. It’s gorgeous combined with shades of green, especially those with a hint of blue. Or in the case of the flamingo tree, with blue sky behind it.
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’ (above), depending on the time of year, might be chartreuse, pink, green and/or orange. Here, the turquoise pot really makes it stand out.
…As does this purple-blue lobelia alongside a shrimp-hued tropical cactus (Hatiora sp.).
Warm colors work as well. Here, orangey protea flowers shimmer between sunny yellow ones and magenta bougainvillea.
Brighter—or at least redder—are the flowers of this Euphorbia milii hybrid. This prickly-stemmed succulent couldn’t be more different than the trumpet vine below, yet their color is identical. Which do you prefer? If the trumpet vine, consider: the flowers of the euphorbia last for weeks.
If it stood a chance of surviving in my dry, hot, Southern California garden, I’d grow the fuchsia beauty below in a heartbeat. I mean, look at that combination of coral and pink!
Or, how about a ruffled, cabbage-sized echeveria in a pot the same orange-coral? I did a double-take when I saw this one.
Best of all, it combines several shades of pink and orange, with a lovely dollop of teal in the center.
So, what is your favorite leaf and flower color?