Color Guide: Warm Colors

Warm Colors are reds, oranges, and yellows.

They command attention and are best used in areas of the landscape where you want to make a statement.  If choosing a warm color scheme, plant reds in the background, oranges in the middle, and yellows in the front – the same order as found in the color wheel.  Because they are some of the strongest hues in the color wheel, they appear closer to the eye and therefore should be placed towards the back of the bed when mixed with cooler colors. Try these warm coloredannuals, perennials, and bulbs:

Red is the color of power, passion, and love and is known for attracting Hummingbirds.

Stars and Stripes Pentas (annual in zones 9 – 11 and grows 12 – 24” tall in areas with full sun and well-drained soil).

Ragin Cajun Ruellia (annual in zones 7b – 11 and grows 12 – 14” tall in full sun and well-drained soil).

Oxblood Lily (spring or fall planted bulb for zones 6 – 10; grows 10 – 16” tall in full sun and natural rainfall).

Red Spider Lily (spring or fall planted bulb for zones 6 – 10; grows 18 – 24” tall in full sun/part shade and natural rainfall).

Yellow is the color of happiness and joy.

Campernelle (fall planted bulb in zones 6 – 8; grows 12 – 24” tall in full sun and natural rainfall).

Golden Dawn Narcissus (fall planted bulb for zones 7 – 11; grows 16 – 16” tall in full sun/part shade and natural rainfall)

Warm Combinations

Chrysantha Tulip (fall planted bulb for zones 5 – 9; grows 12 – 14” tall in full sun and natural  rainfall)

Tubergens Gem Tulip (fall planted bulb in zones 5 – 9; grows 12 – 14” tall in full sun and natural rainfall)