Plant Combinations: Playing with Fire

Sizzling color and summer-tough plants energize the autumn garden.

A unique combination of color and form keeps the garden ablaze with fiery hues from the first blooms of spring through autumn’s dazzling encore. Fire Chief™Arborvitae provides the backbone of this planting with a compact, rounded form and kaleidoscope of color. Plant singly or in masses, accented by the upright ‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry. Vibrant blooms in flaming red, orange, and yellow color the planting spring through fall. The heavy-blooming ‘Celebration’ Gaillardia draws pollinators to the garden, while Bells of Fire™ Tecoma adds a touch of the tropics. Tecoma’s trumpet-shaped blooms entice hummingbirds and are excellent for cutting. This combination is water-wise and a breeze to maintain.

 

Plant List

Fire Chief™Arborvitae 

‘Orange Rocket’ Barberry

‘Celebration’ Gaillardia

Bells of Fire™Tecoma

 

Combination Details

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7*

Key Features: Attracts Birds and Butterflies, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Long Bloom Season

Design Styles: Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic, Water-Wise

 

*Bells of Fire™ Tecoma is hardy in zones 8 to 11 and is planted as an annual in this combination. Cut back and bring indoors over the winter.

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