I have been enjoying our continued mild and sunny weather here in the East Bay, and wanted to share my enjoyment of some of the best performing plants, in case you're searching for some color in the late fall/winter garden. Of course the tree dahlias and tree daisies are looking good now(Montanoa grandiflora), and the perennial Marigold, Tagetes lemmonii is a blaze of yellow right now. The first of the Aloes are doing their thing, with the red or yellow Aloe arborescens, Aloe rubroviolacea, Aloe thraskii, Aloe africana, Aloe humilis all in full bloom right now. I've also got several Poker plants,Kniphofias uvaria 'Winter Cheer' and K. thompsonii looking great. Abutilons in all colors look stunning, and Leucadendrons such as Safari Sunset, Summer Red , Winter Red, and Blush,(all L. salignum cultivars or hybrids), are looking good. Some shrubs with vivid orange color might include Abutilon Victor Reiterate, Tecoma x smithii or T. Jubilee, and Streptosolen jamesonii. The genus Plectranthus is always good for color this season; with pink or purple P. ecklonii, Soft lavender P. zuluensis, P. Mona Lavender, and P. neochilus. I've also been enjoying the luscious pink/lavenders of some of my species Epidendrum orchids, such as E. porphyreum and E. capricornu, both so much snowier than the more common hybrids,and more easily grown here in Berkeley without full sun and summer heat. I've also got several Heliconias coming into winter bloom, such as H. matthiasae and H. schiedeana. Not to forget the grasses and grassy foliage plants, Pink Muhly,Muhlenbergia capillaries and the Burgundy foliage of Cordyline Design a line Burgundy are looking gorgeous right now.
What are some of your favorites for an end of the year color pick me up? More orange blooms from Deppea splendens or Bomarea are my last suggestions.