Red and white make a great colour combination in the garden. Vibrant reds, just look so much better when they have a bit of white near by to really show them off. As Canadians we seem to have a natural affinity to this colour combination out of our national pride. So if you are thinking of showing your true colours in your landscape, you might like to consider a few of our top choices for red and white plants for the HARDY Canadian Garden.
Royal Red Maple
Royal Red Maple is a faster growing tree with maroon red colour that turns brighter purple in fall. This splendid shade tree has a rounded, symmetrical growing habit. It is hardy and easy to grow. A magnificent lawn specimen for great colour. Grows to about 50’ high and 25’ wide at maturity.
Silverleaf dogwood has bright white and green variegated leaves on red stems that provide excellent contrast. A perfect shrub for year-long interest in the garden. Very hardy and easy to grow, this striking shrub looks best in mass plantings or combined with dark-leafed shrubs. Grows to 6’ high & wide at maturity.
Rose Glow Japanese Barberry has attractive and interesting pink-variegated burgundy foliage which emerges red in spring. The small oval leaves turn an outstanding burgundy in the fall. It features tiny clusters of yellow flowers hanging below the branches in mid-spring. The fruits are showy scarlet drupes carried in abundance from early to late fall. And the bark is brick red. Grows to about 5’ high & wide at maturity.
Pee Gee Hydrangea
Pee Gee Hydrangea features bold conical white flowers with rose overtones at the ends of the branches from mid-summer to late fall. The flowers are show-stoppers in the garden and are excellent for cutting. It also has green foliage throughout the season. Pee Gee Hydrangea is a multi-stemmed flowering shrub with an upright spreading habit. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.
Crimson Queen Japanese Maple
Crimson Queen Japanese Maple has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges crimson in spring. The deeply cut ferny palm-shaped leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall. This Japanese Maple is an open deciduous dwarf tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone. Grows slowly to 8’ high and 10’ wide at maturity.
Diana Rose of Sharon
Diana Rose of Sharon features bold white large flowers from summer to fall. Forest green foliage covers multi-stemmed, stiffly upright branches. A vigorous grower, this flowering shrub does best in full sun. Grows to 10’ high & 8’ wide at maturity.
Scarlet Flowering Quince
This exquisite old-fashioned favourite flowering shrub blooms profusely over a long season! Fiery red apple blossom-like flowers cover the densely branched thorny stems in spring and are replaced by lustrous dark green foliage later in the season. An ideal for shrub borders and as a background plant. Very hardy and easy to grow. Grows to about 4’ high & wide at maturity.
White Ball Butterfly Bush
White Ball Butterfly Bush features showy panicles of fragrant white flowers at the ends of the pendulous branches from mid-summer to mid fall. Flowers attract butterflies and are excellent for cutting. This shrub has grayish green foliage throughout the season and can be cut back like a perennial in early spring. Grows to 5’ high & wide at maturity.
Maroon Swoon Weigela
Don’t let the name fool you! This weigela flower is as red as they come! Rich red trumpet shaped flowers bloom on deep green foliage from summer to fall. This shrub has a compact rounded habit and is an excellent accent for shrub borders or perennial gardens. This flowering shrub has incredible red colour and attracts hummingbirds too. Grows to 4’ high and 3’ wide at maturity.
Samaritan Chinese Dogwood
Samaritan Chinese Dogwood features showy clusters of white flowers with white bracts held atop the branches in late spring. It has attractive white-variegated green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves are ornamentally significant and turn an outstanding pink in the fall. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries from early to mid-fall. The peeling gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape. Grows to 20’ high & wide at maturity.
With a full table of red perennials at Canadale to choose from you’ll have no trouble finding something to suit your Canadian Garden! From Coral Bells to Coreopsis and Dinnerplate Hibiscus (pictured) to daylilies, striking red perennials add a bold pop of colour to any garden!
White perennials can add contrast to any garden. Combined with the red, they create an especially Canadian effect! With a table full of different white perennials available there are several different shades of white – from ivory to pure – to add a Canadian touch to your garden.