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Last year a spotted this stunning RED flower, I had never seen before. I went to the door and asked the cute lady what it was, she didn't know...
I searched and found it!
I was hesitant to buy it because although I loved it, I have color issues and try to keep only one or two color combinations and currently do not have any red.
I think I am going to love them, I planted them by my mailbox, I have about a 3 foot area dug out in a circle, I did have shasta daisies but they go crazy and look unkept.
Question is, should I keep them in a group by themselves? Or add some complementary plants?
You could always use some white annual vinca. It blooms all summer and doesn't need deadheading. I like dale's suggestion about the coreopsis, too. If you pop the little seedheads off moonbeam, it will have dainty yellow flowers all season. It's perennial, too.
Nasturtium? The ones I plant are always pretty reds, oranges, and yellows, and they are supposedly supposed to like neglect, so if the crocosmia don't like a lot of water the Nasturtiums could handle not getting watered as much...
Good to know to not give them to much water! I put them in the perfect spot then. I like the nasturtium idea, and I have seeds I forgot all about. I wonder if they will still grow or if it is too late? I'll try it...
Like the idea of the yellow coreopsis and verbena too!
Guess the pentas don't like Utah :( too bad they are pretty.
Nasturtium seem to grow pretty quickly. I planted mine in April and they're just now starting to bloom. But, they're also in partial sun. I'm sure if they got full sun they'd bloom...plus, if you have a longer season in Utah, you should be fine. I have no idea what your weather's like there...
I have Portulaca planted with mine in full sun, soil on the dry side. I love the bright colors! It's an ideal plant for hot, dry locations (but doesn't seem to mind the rain or being watered), spreads out nicely, and requires no maintenance whatsoever. I've been told it reseeds, so I am keeping my fingers crossed it comes back next year.
Interestingly enough, I have another patch of Crocosmia (not pictured, planted with blue annual lobelia at it's feet) that's in a part shade location where the soil stays evenly moist. This patch has flowers starting to open now, whereas my hot/dry location patch is still probably about 2 weeks from flowering.