Excitement. Heat. Intensity. Passion. Red makes a statement in small doses or big, bringing the drama to gardens whether it’s just a touch in a border, a highlight in a container, or full-on fiery swaths. As summer progresses in the Northern Hemisphere, the bright, direct rays of the sun can wash out cooler colors such as some pinks, blues, and purples; this is when hot colors keep the garden vibrant through July and August. Before you say, “hot colors aren’t my style,” consider that even weaving in just a few flames of red ignites the garden. Here are the best ideas we’ve seen for using this red-hot color in the landscape.