Hot Colors for a Cool Landscape

Heat is probably the last thing you want to think about in the middle of a scorching Texas summer. But I’m talking about adding a little heat to your garden in terms of hot colors.

Yellow, red, orange — all of these colors are bright, cheery and grab your attention quickly. Here are a few eye-catching plants that can also take the heat and spice up a dreary garden:

  • Firecracker Plant — The long, slender branches are sprinkled with clusters of small, fiery-red flowers. I always spot them thriving near sidewalks, curbs and other blistering environments.
  • Cigar Plant — This fine-textured deciduous shrub comes in a few color varieties including hot pink, orange and yellow – and usually a combination of these. The tubular, cigar-looking flowers are also great for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • Bird of Paradise — Although not native, this plant is well-adapted to the San Antonio area and thrives in the heat. If you want a landscape with tropical flair, the bright orange and yellow plumes of flowers certainly emanate a sense of warmth and vibrancy.

You can reference color palettes or a color wheel to help choose colors.

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Erin Conant
Erin Conant has a passion for all things related to plants. Our former SAWS conservation consultant is now at home with her family passionately establishing their own urban farm and spreading the word of water conservation.
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