Friday, July 31, 2009

Red hot for the summer

Leucadendron Sarfari Sunset and Anigozanthus Big Red and Tequila Sunrise are two red blooming plants that I like

From R E D

The blue flower bordering the lawn is Agapanthus. A commonly seen plant here in California.
Behind the Agapanthus is more red foliaged Leucadendrons

From R E D

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' as described by San Marcos Growers in Santa Barbara:

Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' (Safari Conebush) - This is a vigorous, tall and erect grower to over 8 feet tall. The flowers on L. 'Safari Sunset' differ from those on L. 'Red Gem' in that the bracts surrounding the central female cone start out coloring red in summer and by winter are a deep wine color. In late winter 'Safari Sunset' takes on a yellow coloring in the center of the bracts while still retaining the red on the outer surfaces. As with L. 'Red Gem', L. 'Safari Sunset' is a tough cultivar that can handle frost, alkalinity and clay soils. This is an excellent candidate for cut foliage harvesting. This plant originated in New Zealand in the 1960's and was the result of crossing Leucadendron laureolum with L. salignum. 


Anigozanthos described by Monterey Bay Nursery

Anigozanthos hybrids  KANGAROO PAWS  clumping evergreen plants with grass-like foliage that bear tall stalks of fuzzy, unusual, tubular flowers, often in striking colors. They can be used as focal point specimens or massed in banks. All make excellent cut flowers or container plants. Sun to part shade, average drainage (at least), little summer watering when established. They do well in pots and are pretty forgiving. I can't figure out what their flower initiation signal is, they seem to be continuously in bloom. They may initiate at cool (not cold) temperatures and so be everblooming along the coast. They will survive 20°F by resprouting from below. The hybrid varieties we offer are more disease resistant and vigorous than the species. Famous local landscape designer Dave Leroy opines that the dwarf forms are best used in situations where snail/slug loads are minimal else they will eat through the base of the emerging stems until they fall over. The tall forms grow fast enough and harden quickly enough that this is usually not a problem, but the dwarf forms he prefers require siting in either drier or more inland situations or conscientious baiting. Most of the following varieties are hardy to Sunset zone 8, USDA zone 9. Haemodoraceae. Australia


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I Likey! We are revamping the jungle...and I need all the color inspiration I can get!

What do have to show in the way of sun loving bromiliads???

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hi Linda,
I have a nice little collection of bromeliads that have a bad case of sun burn.

Each time I move a bromeliad that is said to take full sun I burn them to a crisp in less than two days.

So all of my brom's are in bright light but not exposed to my hot searing sun.

Your question inspires me to do a bromeliad tour and photo essay .