red flowers and orange flowers in the july garden

I've grouped the red flowers with orange as there is a continuum between all flower colours so that no two are identical, but this particular shift is difficult to cordon off.

the native red flowers and orange flowers are mainly succulents at the moment

 The warm colours in late winter are dominated by flowering succulents, mainly a huge diversity of aloes with their spear shaped inflorescences, some borne more dispersed as a tree of bells, and then the Cotyledon with its heads of hanging bells. Most of these succulents flowering now are red to orange or pinkish. They vary in size from enormous specimens of Aloe ferox (not indigenous) to tall clumps of flaming aloes over head height, and then tiny climbing aloes. 

Round about this time of year bees become quite a problem because we have so many aloes and my dog has a habit of chasing and snapping at bees, they drive him crazy, and then I’m worried he’ll swallow one and his airways will swell up and choke him. But the up side is that these aloes have attracted malachite sunbirds, here in this over built up concrete jungle.

UPDATE: this year the bees have disappeared from our neighbourhood. We had to hand pollinate vegetables. I'm very concerned as to why. It may be the drought. Then they reappeared in spring after the rainy season. Its been a wet spring too.

The Cotyledon are mainly smallish plants with spoon shaped leaves, or more rarely big grey needles. They all have bell flowers. Some varieties can have leaves the size of a saucer and grow to waist high shrubs. I'm not a major collector but I have about 6 kinds, there are many more.

the red flowers of hibiscus are exotic but ubiquitous  

The next largest group in my area were, I found, the exotic Hibuscus, many at the tail end of their flowering season, but the deep red simple hibiscus and the frilly pink ones which are not at their fullest yet, do seem to come a bit later than the simple pale pinkish white ones which I photographed in late summer. 

the red bell hibiscus is a large shrub and does well herethe red bell hibiscus Malvaviscus penduliflorus is a large shrub and does well here

In our area is also red bell hibiscus which grows to the height of a large shrub or small tree which is now at its peak. I've found them easy to root too. Just stand a forearm length twig in a glass of water on the windowsill... that simple. 

leonotus has bright orange flowers with nectarLeonotus has bright orange flowers with nectar

The aloes and succulents are largely indigenous, as is the Wilde dagga, or Leonotus leonorus, a large spicy smelling shrub. The Leonotus has attractive heads which are also interesting to look at when dried out on the bush. There is something about the Salvia family, I feel they are a must in every African garden, as perfumed medicinal plants which smell good in the strong sunshine, and whose flowers attract bees and nectar loving birds, as do the aloes. 

cape honey suckle, tecoma capensis, also nectar yieldingcape honey suckle, Tecoma capensis, also nectar yielding

Growing in our street are several of the Cape honey suckle, a shrubby sort of climber. Both this and Leonotus have bright orange flowers. 

Chasmanthe floribunda, rooi afrikanerChasmanthe floribunda, rooi afrikaner

In our sandy area, there are indigenous Afrikaners, in massive stands growing in the long grass in a lovely rank garden on Merriman Street. 

An isolated Clivia robusta ? was in a pot somewhere near there. None of my Clivias are flowering at present.

Crane flower or Strelitzia, related to bananaCrane flower or Strelitzia, in banana family

Many gardens have Crane flowers, and one has a massive majestic clump higher than head height. Orange flowers are borne by the Cape honeysuckle and the climber called Black Eyed Susan, and then there were exotic bottlebrush, Camelias, Pansies, Pointsettias, the red berries of the Brazilian pepper and then various other kinds of berries and foliage with warm colours which are also all exotics. 

these lovely red flowers are also exotics: pointsettia
euphorbia pulcherrimathese lovely red flowers are also exotics: pointsettia euphorbia pulcherrima

Bougainvilla is beginning to flower. I don’t like it because it is rank and invasive in the garden, has got so out of hand in gardens I know and I think it is basically ugly and boring in its form, and leaf, except for its diverse colours. Its hard to work with, covered in thorns which burn for days and penetrate shoes if a branch is left on the ground.  

I could not include photographs of everything on this page, but I have a photo album of red flowers on another website. To see all the colour pages on this website, go to my navigation bar and hover over 'decoratives', then move down and hover over 'colours'. You can see each individual colour .


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white flowers in July

blue flowers in July

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