|Some of the best coral easy-to-grow flowers that I can recommend are ( top left, clockwise) Dahlia 'Beach Bum', Dahlia 'Coral Gypsy', Zinnia Benary's Giant Salmon Rose, Sweet Pea 'Valerie Harrod', Zinnia 'Dreamland Coral' and Diascia 'Coral Belle'.|
The wedding and design blogs are obsessed with coral and poppy colors, Pinterest ( will someone please invite me?!) has hundreds of pins just based on coral and poppy, but what are the best. most growable flowers that fit in this palette? My designer friends ask me more about what coral colored flowers they can grow than most anything else, so I thought that I might as well share my thoughts, concerns, as well as some suggestions about what plants are truly growable, and which ones to forget.
|New Diascia varieties come in the perfect shade of coral. Not great cut flowers, they are great for early spring plantings in the ground, or in containers.|
|Slightly more challenging to grow - (Clockwise) Peony 'Coral Charm', Peony, 'Coral Magic', Sweet Pea 'Mollie Rilestone', Echinacea ' Coral Reef', Larkspur ' Sublime Salmon', Papaver Oriental Poppy 'Salmon'.|
Here are the facts to note: Professional cut-flower growers are fast, as are plant breeders, and some very nice coral cut flowers have been introduced for greenhouse culture, but few of us can grow coral Gerbera or salmon and peach roses. Also, you must think about timing. I tried to group my suggestions buy season, since many people might order randomly from a wide variety of catalogs, not realizing that peony will bloom only for a single week in early June, and a salmon rose may only bloom for a single week in early July. Then, of course, there are Dahlias and Zinnias which bloom at the end of summer, and sweet peas in June and July, so imagining arrangements with roses, peonies, dahlias and sweet peas all together is completely unrealistic, so try to plan your cut flowers by flowering season.
Dahlias, in late summer from my garden in years past. I love combining coral tones with magenta, it allows me to have many options, rather than growing an odd and impractical blend that one often sees with dahlias, of yellow, white, primrose, red, rust and orange. Choosing a more attractive palette makes all the difference.Try pairing these with burgundy colored foliage.
|If you are growing Salmon and Coral colored flowers, you will need this precise shade of periwinkle, which I can only find in one variety of an imported Spencer variety of Sweet Pea, called 'Bristol'. Want to grow them? Check out Tony's site called Tony The Gardener for a step-by-step method that not only produced lots of cut flowers, it also looks great in the garden - order your seeds now- this color is sublime!|
Coral and poppy colors flowers do look best when paired with darker tones of pink, deep magenta tones and periwinkle, so you may want to plan on planting some complimentary colors like this, as well as lime colored foliage.
Here are my best recommendations for salmon, poppy and coral colored flowers. You will notice that poppies are not included ( except the one photo of an oriental poppy, which too, I would not suggest as an option since all poppies make horrible cut flowers, lasting only a day when cut in water. Save them for the garden.
Zinnias and Dahlias
Of all of the flowers that are easy to grow, which come in coral, Dahlias and Zinnias offer the most value, for not only are they easy to grow, and provide you with lots of flowers, they produce flowers for a long period of time, whereas flowers like Peonies only bloom for a week or two. Swan Island Dahlias offers a tremendous variety of Dahlias ( it's where I order mine from), and you can easily assemble a collection based on a few tones of color.
|Dahlias come in many coral colors, many of which look best when combined with a blend of pink and magenta tones, and violet color varieties. These, which I grew three years ago, so how effective a simple restrained color palette can be.|
EASIEST TO GROW CORAL FLOWERS
All of these are terrific for mid to late summer bloom ( except the peony varieties)
Dahlias - Coral Gypsy, Tempest, Beach Bum
Zinnia - Benary's Giant Coral
Zinnia - Benary's Giant Salmon Rose
Zinnia - Dreamland Coral
Echinacea 'Coral Reef' PPAF available at good nurseries
Peony - Coral Charm from Klem's Song Sparrow Nursery
Peony - Coral Magic also from Klem's Song Sparrow Nursery
MORE CHALLENGING TO GROW CORAL FLOWERS
Sweet Peas - Valerie Harrod - Order from England, at Owls Acre Sweet Peas
Diascia ( not for cut flower, only for beds) Coral Belle, and Coral Rose. Buy as started plants in spring.
Clarkia elegans - 'Apple Blossom' from Thompson & Morgan - Sow where it will grow, thin, do not transplant. Cool Growing.
Larkspur - Sublime Salmon available as a single color from Johnny's Selected Seeds Sow where it is to grow and do not transplant.
Sweet Pea Mollie Rilestone from Thompson & Morgan
Poppies, try Papaver somniverum as an annual ( sow where it is to grow) or plant long-lived Oriental Poppies in coral colors.