Just a week ago, the focus was on yellow flowers and foliage for GBBD and Foliage Follow-up. Today it's all about pinks and reds and cerise and maroon and wine and more shades of red in the garden than I can name. Even though the yellows and reds are all blooming at the same time, most of them are not growing cheek by jowl. Where they do meet, I'm helping them to merge more harmoniously by adding plants that combine both colors — and then hoping that everybody is on the same bloom schedule.
Here's a sampling of recent reds: Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' (Forest Pansy Redbud), Malus sargentii 'Tina' (Tina crabapple), Paeonia obvata var. willmottiae (Asian woodland peony), Trillium sessile, Fritillaria meleagris (three variations on checkered lily), Epimedium rubrum (red barrenwort), Epimedium grandiflorum 'Red Queen' (Red Queen barrewort), Pulmonaria longifolia 'Majestic' (Majestic lungwort), and fallen petals of an ancient unknown crabapple variety.