Burst of Color

Check out local landscapers' favorite varieties to plant for a vibrant garden glow.

By Melissa Mauzy


Wow your neighbors with hyper-vivid flowers sprouting in your garden this spring. Your garden will pop with bright shades of pink, orange and yellow against the greenery. Check out local landscapers' favorite varieties to plant for a vibrant garden glow.

“Coneflower ‘Tomato Soup’ is a vibrant, low-maintenance perennial and is one of my favorites because it attracts an array of species including birds, butterflies and hummingbirds. Its beautiful, five-inch scarlet blossoms are enjoyed from late spring through late summer and add a gorgeous pop of color amongst its other flower friends.” Bob Lovatto, Poynter Landscape, Architecture and Construction.

“Although not a flower, the Acorus minimus and Acorus 'Ogon' are definitely hyper-vivid plants that can brighten the landscape. The vivid yellow of these grass-like perennials illuminate the garden with a glow, and when surrounding other plants of darker foliage, the contrast will make the landscape pop with color particularly on top of the popular dark mulches. Acorus (Sweet Flag) grows very well in those troublesome moist locations around sprinkler heads and run-off.” Julie Evans Straatmann, Passiglia's Nursery & Garden Center.

“Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch’ is a low-growing perennial that blooms a carpet of fuchsia pink/purple flowers that will truly catch your eye. The smoky, blue foliage, in contrast with the almost neon pink blooms, is an amazing color combination that really makes a statement. Dianthus is one of my favorite go-to plants when I’m needing a pop of color within rock gardens, along borders and walkways.” Morgan McAdams, Chesterfield Valley Nursery.

“As if painted by the most gifted artist, each remarkable flower of the Queen of Hearts Petunia is kissed with yellow and marked with perfectly formed valentine red hearts. The plants exhibit unbelievable vigor, producing an abundance of large, colorful flowers. At times the precious flowers will completely smother the entire plant.” Ann Lapides, Sugar Creek Gardens.

“Lantana is one of my favorite vivid-colored annuals. Lantanas come in colors of pink, yellow, red, orange, purple and multicolored. This plant will bloom all summer through fall, and butterflies and pollinators love the nectar. It is an easy, drought-resistant must-have annual in the landscape.” David Sherwood, Sherwood’s Forest.