Add a focal point with a a planting in a single decorative container that's unique and eye-catching -- like this terra cotta urn with lizard sculpture. In this planting, the coral-colored Geranium (Pelargonium) marries well with the neighboring Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora).
Tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is an old-fashioned perennial that fills midsummer with perfumed color. Flowers open in shades of pink, red, purple, white and various bicolor combinations. The blooms release a sweet fragrance that wafts through the garden on sultry summer days. This beauty is sold as Flame Series Coral garden phlox. The Flame Series is a group of naturally dwarf, compact garden phlox that grows 15 to 18 inches tall—a perfect height for containers, front of the border or courtyard gardens. Plants boast strong disease resistance and a naturally bushy form. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
This showstopper vine opens blooms that lure in hummingbirds. Some varieties unfurl red flowers, and those are the ones you want. Look for the name coral or trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens). Some great varieties include ‘Dropmore Scarlet,’ ‘Major Wheeler’ and ‘Alabama Crimson.’ Do your homework before planting honeysuckle. Make sure the variety you choose isn’t invasive in your area (these varieties shouldn’t be). Perennial vine, hardy in Zones 4-9.
A blue-green chaise layers beautifully against the wall's paler blue in this sitting room. The rest of the furnishings are kept simple and neutral with a few more bold pops of color coming from accessories like pillows, throws and flower arrangements.
Pops of red keep this neutral contemporary home office far from ho-hum. A red wire chandelier quirkily lights the space with the help of a red table lamp. On the built-in shelf along the back wall, red accessories pick up the red flowers in the large artwork.
This white modern credenza is a simple design accented by the unique pieces of art mounted above it. A bright coral wall makes the white credenza pop from the background. Art, personal pictures and bright yellow flowers personalize the space.
Pale blues and hints of coral create a soothing color palette in this coastal-style bedroom. The gray wood-plank headboard brings a soft yet rustic look to the bed. A cloche with fake flowers makes a simple but pretty floral display on the wicker nightstand.
Opt for ‘Busy Bee’™ if you’re planting in a small space or container. This miniature hybrid tea has very good resistance to cold and stands up well to summer heat and humidity. The flowers start out apricot, peach and coral, gradually fading to light and hot pink at the edges. For best results, keep the plants deadheaded.
Also known as torch lily, this drought tolerant perennial sends up flaming flower torches in shades of coral and yellow from early to late summer. A hummingbird favorite, ‘Fire Dance’ fits easily into small gardens, growing to 20 inches high and wide. This is also the hardiest red hot poker. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Kniphofia hirsuta ‘Fire Dance’
The huge rosettes of the aeoniums and the ruffly, aquamarine leaves of the Lady Aquarius echevaria make this succulent container look like a bouquet of aquatic flowers and coral, but foliage is the star of this show. Add a trailing vine like String of Pearls and a couple of mini jade plants, and you get a heat-tolerant container that looks downright aquatic. RECIPE: String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus, Zones 10-11); Echeveria ‘Flag Day’ (Zones 9-11); Echeveria ‘Lady Aquarius’ (Zones 9-11); Black Rose (Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum ‘Black Rose’, Zone 9); Elephant Bush (Portulacaria afra 'Green', Zones 10-11); Kalanchoe ‘Oak Leaf’ (Zones 9-11); Blushing Beauty (Aeonium ‘Blushing Beauty’, Zones 10-11); Large Leaf Elephant Food (Portulacaria afra forma macrophylla, Zones 10-11)
This semi-miniature African violet, ‘Mac’s Strawberry Sundae’ (G. McDonald, hybridizer), has coral-red blooms. African violet blooms have many different flower shapes, including singles, stars (5 petals in a star shape), doubles, semidoubles, ruffled doubles, ruffled stars, and wasps (5 petals, with the upper two slightly curled back). Winston J. Goretsky, president of the African Violet Society of America, says the plants will bloom when they get sufficient light. “No amount of care or feeding will encourage them to bloom if they are not receiving enough light. Available light diminishes drastically, the further distance away from a window the plant is grown. A plant grown on a coffee table in the middle of a room will grow, but may not bloom.”