Brightly-Colored Flowers to Warm a Cold Winter’s Day

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Frigid temperatures has many gardeners within its grip this winter season.  In attempt to heat things up, I thought that I would share with you some photos of my favorite warm-colored flowering plants.

So, grab a hot cup of cocoa, take a seat and enjoy…

Aloe maculata

The bright orange flowers of Soap Aloe (Aloe maculata) blooms year round outside in gardens in zones 9 – 11 and is a favorite of hummingbirds.  For those of you who live in colder climates, grow it in your favorite container and bring indoors when temps dip below freezing.

Rudbeckia_hirta

The flowers of Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) add a sunny spot of color to any perennial garden.  Easily grown in zones 4 – 9, finches and towhees will enjoy visiting gardens with wherever this flower is present.

Penstemon eatonii flower and bee

Firecracker Penstemon is a huge favorite in my front garden.  Orange/red flowers are borne along spikes that attract hummingbirds.  Once the flowers fade, the seeds attract hungry birds.  Plant in well-drained soil and full sun in zones 5 and above.

Damianita

Masses of golden-yellow flowers cover Damianita (Chrysactinia mexicana), covering the dark-green needle-shaped leaves.  Damiantia loves full sun and does well in zone 6 – 11 gardens when planted with well-drained soil.

Red Poppy

It’s hard to find a flower that makes such a vibrant statement in the garden then Red Poppies (Papaver species) do.  Easily grown from seed, Red Poppies thrive in gardens in all zones.  Sow in the fall in zones 7 and above or in early spring if you live in colder zones.

yellow daylily

Once you view the flowers of sun-loving Daylilies (Hemerocallis species), it is easy to understand why this is widely planted throughout gardens in zones 4 – 9.  The word, Hemerocallis means “Beauty for a Day” alluding to the fact that the flowers open in the morning and close at the end of a day.  Daylilies do well in all types of soil, sandy to clay.

Red Globe Mallow

Small, bell-shaped flowers cover the gently arching stems of Globe Mallow, adding a ‘cottage garden’ appearance wherever they are planted.  This drought-tolerant perennial thrives in full sun and well-drained soil in zones 6 and above.  Globe Mallow comes in white, pink, purple, red and orange varieties.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle (Lonicera species) is often found climbing onto arbors or hiding a boring fence.  Gardeners in zones 4 through 9, can add this beautiful flowering vine to their landscape.  Note: not all honeysuckle species are fragrant – so be sure to check before buying.

Prickly Pear Flowers Orange

It is hard to imagine how a prickly cactus can produce such large, colorful flowers.  Prickly Pear cacti (Opuntia species) can be found growing throughout the US, from the deserts of the southwest all the way to upstate New York.

Hibiscus

The tropical beauty of Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is hard to overstate.  The large flowers are available in numerous colors.  For those of us who live in zones 9 and above, Hibiscus can be grown outdoors all year round.  However, gardeners who live in colder climates can grow them in containers and bring them indoors in winter.

An unusual plant to many of you is getting ready to flower this spring throughout the desert southwest…

Hummingbird and Ocotillo flower

The vermillion-colored flowers of Ocotillo(Fouquieria splendens) are the harbinger of spring throughout the desert and hummingbirds can’t get enough of them.

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I hope these photos of beautifully-colored flowers have helped to brighten up your cold winter’s day!

What is your favorite type of flower?

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