Red color instantly attracts the eyes and creates a bold look. Having red flowers in the garden is perfect to make a strong statement. Red also symbolizes passion and deep love, perfect as gifts for your loved ones. Roses are not the red flowers you can have. Here are 20 great flowers with red shades for your garden or planters.
1. Ranunculus (Ranunculus)
Ranunculus comes in various bright shades, including red. They thrive in rich, well-drained soil and under full sun. Ranunculus has peony-like blooms on dark green foliage. They create nice cluster when in full blooms. Ranunculus is great to be paired with tall flowers like hyacinths.
2. Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifusa)
Prickly pear has flowers that grow directly from the foliage. When in full blooms, the flowers look like cups, with bright colors like red and pink. The cactuses are perfect as border or protector plants. They are ideal for rock or desert gardens.
3. Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Daylily has several red varieties, such as ‘Allegiance’, ‘Red Magic’, and ‘Autumn Red’. Some of them have markings or veins on the petals. Red daylilies are perfect for the spring garden, and they attract hummingbirds. They can be planted in containers or as ground coverage.
4. Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata)
Red spider lily has widespread petals with long, circular “whiskers” (stamens), hence the name. The flowers are showy and bloom from summer to early fall. They love rich, well-drained soil and full sun. Red spider lilies are unsuitable for pot growing because the roots reach long.
5. Hardy Red Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovii)
Hardy red gloxinia has tube-like hanging blooms that attract hummingbirds. They are great as container plants and gardens. They like partial shade and rich, well-drained soil. They don’t like high moisture or soggy soil.
6. Coneflower ‘Sombrero Salsa Red’ (Echinacea purpurea)
‘Sombrero Salsa Red’ is a bright-red coneflower that blooms from spring to late summer. The flowers have black “eyes” surrounded by daisy-like red petals. Coneflower may bloom in a sporadic way before the first frost. Deadheading during fall is important to keep them growing the next season.
7. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Red sweet peas are great as fence or trellis plants. Their delicate flowers bloom from summer to fall. Sweet peas need compost-rich, moist, well-drained soil. They are annual plants, so you can try planting different varieties each year.
8. Cape Primroses ‘Red Alert’ (Streptocarpus)
Cape primroses can grow under low light, perfect for indoor planting. The ‘Red Alert’ variety has red blooms that grow in a cluster, atop wide-leaf foliage. They love rich, well-drained soil, and cannot tolerate high salt content in fertilizer. Pinching and deadheading ensure robust plant.
9. Salvia ‘Scarlet Sage’ (Salvia splendens)
Red salvias came from Brazil, which means they love the sun and loamy soil, and hate frost. Red salvia’s petals are arranged in a cone-like mound, atop serrated leaves. They are great for landscape garden, and popular in America to create flower displays during Independence and Memorial Days.
10. Red Amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus)
Red amaranth flowers make an instant impression with their cone-shaped blooms and purplish red shades. They are ideal as indoor or outdoor plants in colder regions. They prefer neutral, fertile, moist soil, but not soggy. Amaranth seeds and leaves are also popular food ingredients.
11. Amaryllis (Hippeastrum)
Amaryllis has several red varieties, such as ‘Red Lion’ and ‘Christmas Red’. Each stalk usually has two stems, which end on trumpet-like red flowers. Amaryllis bulbs love half loam, half sandy soil with rich compost and partial shade. The bulbs cannot handle excessive watering.
12. Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
Peruvian lilies have several red varieties, such as ‘Mars’, ‘Inca Joli’, and ‘Red Brick’. They are colorful flowers perfect for spring and summer. Peruvian lilies can last for two weeks in a watered vase. They are perfect as both traditional and cottage garden plants.
13. Red Spanish Marigold (Anemone coronaria)
Red Spanish marigolds, or anemones, have bright-colored petals that stand atop a thin stalk. The little flowers grow on low foliage. They are ideal as coverage plants, creating bright “carpet” in a spring garden.
14. Red Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)
Oriental poppies usually have orange colors, but hybridization has created red variants. Most poppies are annual plants, but they create an amazing display in the garden when spring comes. Poppies are great as border or flowerbed plants.
15. Egyptian Star Cluster (Pentas lanceolata)
Egyptian star cluster has little, star-like blooms that form round clusters on bushy foliage. The flowers are great as border plants, or to accompany larger and taller flowers. They are also ideal as pot plants. They love full sun and cannot tolerate frost.
16. Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Crimson columbine has beautiful red flowers that hang downward from tiny stems. This bush plant is perfect as garden “carpet” or border plants. They bloom in summer and attract hummingbirds. Columbines tolerate various soil types and prefer full sun.
17. Japanese Camellia (Camellia japonica)
Japanese camellia is one of the oldest camellias, which once adorned the gardens of emperors. The flowers come in single, double, or multiple petal formations. They love slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil with full sun. Japanese camellias have dwarf varieties, and the colors range from white to red.
18. Sunflower ‘Red Sun’ (Helianthus annuus)
‘Red Sun’ offers vibrant blooms in late summer. They can last for 10 days in a watered vase. The flowers prefer loamy, well-drained soil and full sun to grow robustly. Red sunflowers are ideal as hedge plants, and they can be great bouquet gifts.
19. Azalea (Rhododendron)
Red azaleas offer bright colors among green foliage. The large petals are perfect to be paired with other warm colors in the garden. Azaleas are hardy plants that tolerate cold winter. They are ideal as spring or summer arrangement, both in bouquets and watered vase.
20. Dahlia (Dahlia)
Dahlias have several red varieties with unique shapes. ‘Alva’s Doris’ is a semi-cactus variety with star-like flowers. ‘Aurora’s Kiss’ has ball floret shape with burgundy color. ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ has more common dahlia shape, with bright red petals. All are popular among gardeners and easy to find at gardening stores.
Red flowers create a dramatic accent in your garden and energize your eyes. Pair these plants with other warm-colored flowers in your garden.