‘Red’ Spring – Plant Quiz

People often talk about yellow being the colour of spring, but for me blues and reds are just as evocative of this time of year.

In my garden at the moment I do have large swathes of yellow Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ and Crocus ‘Cream Beauty’, but equally large blue/purple swathes of Iris reticulata ‘Harmony’ and Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple. The reds tend come from the emerging shoots of perennials, although the new, deep red, leaves and stems on Rosa varieties bring a richness to the pared back garden in the weak spring sunlight.

Walking around the garden today I was amazed at just how many different perennials emerge in a flurry of red/purple shoots.  Can you identify the 9 perennial plants I snapped this morning?

Answers (from top left to bottom right):

Bergenia ‘Ballowey’ (leaves turn red in winter, and revert to green when the temperatures rise)
Tradescantia x andersoniana (strappy pale green leaves and blue flowers throughout summer)
Phlox paniculata ‘Starfire’ (red-toned leaves when mature, but many Phlox shoots are red tinged)
Paeonia officinalis (red ‘hands’ of new Paeonia leaves often emerge early in spring)
Euphorbia griffithii ‘Dixter’ (rampant, but fun)
Lilium ‘Martagon’ (Turk’s cap lily, great for late summer flowers)
Lathyrus vernus ‘Rainbow’ (clumps of feathery foliage and pastel shaded pea flowers – freely seeds)
Aquilegia vulgaris (freely seeding ‘Granny’s Bonnet’ pops up allow over the place in spring)
Rheum palmatum ‘Astrosanuineum’ (ornamental rhubarb with dramatic red leaves in spring)

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