The Red Border really is at its best from July to September. The intensity of red flowers is contrasted with a lot of green foliage in different textures and complemented by pale yellows and some dark red foliage.
In early July the red flowers of Achillea Fanal & Potentilla Monsieur Rouillard, are set off by the dark foliage of Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff and Lobelia Queen Victoria and complemented by the strappy green leaves of Crocosmia Lucifer, Kniphofia Percy's Pride & Hemerocallis Stafford and other green foliage. In Early September the reds of Dahlias, Lobelia, Penstemon King George and Salvia Red Velvet are contrasted by the soft yellows of Kniphofia, Echinacea Sunrise and Euphorbia wallichii.
Papaver Beauty of Livermere
Monarda Gardenview Scarlet
Lupinus Chandelier &
Geum Mrs Bradshaw
In the Red Border I have made use of a lot of green and pale yellow to offset the strength of the red flowers, which otherwise can be somewhat overpowering. The greens are found in the varying shapes and colours of the foliage and in flowers such as Echinacea Jade and Nicotiana Lime Green and the pale yellows occur in Kniphofia Percy's Pride, Echinacea Sunrise, Nepeta Govaniana, Bidens heterophylla and Geum Cream Drop.
Potentilla Monsieur Rouillard