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Peach Flowers; Coral Blooms

I love peach, coral, salmon, and any other iteration involving red and yellow blended together. It's not pink, so mixing anything in that family doesn't do it justice. Yellow, if it's too bright, can steal the show, but red--if it's a true red without a blush of purple--can demand the kind of attention only red can. But red is what they used to call a "flash in the pan," demanding immediate and singular attention, but losing it soon afterward because, well, eyes tend to wander to see what else is going on.



The color of this ancient carved box is vermilion, the color created in the past by grinding a powder from Cinnabar, an ore containing mercury sulfide, which is highly poisonous. Today, vermilion is synthetically created.

Imagine any shade of peach, melon or coral next to vermilion. Amazing!


I love peach, coral, salmon, and any other iteration involving red and yellow blended together. It's not pink, so mixing anything in that family doesn't do it justice. Yellow, if it's too bright, can steal the show, but red--if it's a true red without a blush of purple--can demand the kind of attention only red can. But red is what they used to call a "flash in the pan," demanding immediate and singular attention, but losing it soon afterward because, well, eyes tend to wander to see what else is going on.


Like a faded vermillion, but with a saturation of extra yellow blended into each petal, this Zinnia has it going on. For added interest, there are the inner petals, curling into themselves, their chartreuse under-petals offering a hint of contrast.


One of the easiest vining annuals to grow is Thunbergia, or black-eyed Susan vine. It used to be available in pale yellow, but now there is a hybrid called Blushing Susie. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if it hadn't escaped the confines of its pot and strayed into the Pachysandra. It was the shiny, solid green that made these tiny flowers pop. I can't take credit for growing this one. My neighbor had it near her front door, which I came in and out of for a couple of weeks as I cared for Samba, their little Siamese mix kitty.



For the ultimate peach extravaganza, one of my favorite partnerships is Coleus 'Campfire' with Pelargonium (annual geranium) 'Petals'. The coral color of the flowers adds interest to the leaves of the coleus, which would fade into the background otherwise. Add to that the creamy-edged leaves of the Pelargonium, which brighten up the scene.


I'm sure you've fallen in love with plants or flowers in the peachy range but weren't certain what to mix them with. Don't be afraid. Bring them home and have some fun mixing them with plants you probably already have in your garden.



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