Seeing Red

I've been waiting patiently for Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' to open. It seems like their buds have been on the verge of opening for several weeks now but finally, they are here. I must say that I haven't really been that enamored with hibiscus in the past but this one is pretty spectacular. 


It has to be the red-est bloom in the garden but then, when I look around, I see more red, including the rose 'Darcey Bussell' which you can see blooming right underneath the hisbiscus. You will also notice a visitor within the petals -

Another long wait, but I know this one is late because of previous years, is the Crape Myrtle 'Dynamite'. It bloomed profusely three years ago when it was first planted. Last year, it bloomed hardly at all. This year, it is beginning to put on a show and the coming week of hot temperatures should please it.

 More red -

Rose 'Red Cascade'



Rose Moss (Portulaca)


Fuchsia 'Lady Boothby'


Fuchsia 'Little Giant'


Rose 'Home Run'


Dahlia 'Lollipop'




Rose 'Marjorie Fair' (aka 'Red Ballerina')


Begonia 'Dragon Wing'


Begonia 'Dragon Wing' and 'Canary Wing'


Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea Ilavea)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy


  1. Red can be such a challenging color to deal with. The red of Lobelia tupa versus the red of Rudbeckia 'Sahara' ... they are both red but they clash horribly. I really struggle with where and how to incorporate red flowers into my garden. Pretty sure I'm overthinking ! 'Midnight Marvel' is really nice-love the dark foliage.

  2. Oh Lovely Red Flowers.I loved the hot red Mandevilla flowers the most among all other Red flowers.It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to Gardening here at

  3. Hot red blooms are the centerpiece of the dog days of summer. Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' is stunning, and I also love Crape Myrtle 'Dynamite which isn't seen very often in Seattle.
    If only Bat Face Cuphea had bloomed later, towards the end of October, in time for Halloween!

  4. So red of you. Love each and every one. Our crepe myrtle didn't bloom this year. It froze to the ground this winter. I hope it survives next year and blooms this beautiful red.

  5. Love red! I'm making a red bed in my garden. I have another hibiscus that I'm already planning for next year.


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