12 Red Flowers To Bring Vibrancy To The Garden

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by Max - last update on May 14, 2020, 8:55 am
Types of Red Flowers

Red flowers in the garden demand attention, inspire passion and are synonymous with love and desire. It’s no surprise then that red flowers are an enormously popular choice in home gardens, as well as in cut flower bouquets. If you are color coordinating your garden and are looking for some red flowers to bring some vibrancy and depth to your space, you might be wondering which red flowers would work best in your situation.

Fortunately, there are red flower varieties available in a number of different plants, which are suitable for growing in various different climates. Whether you are looking for a vigorous flowering climber, a low growing flowering succulent, or a tall red flower for the back row of your borders, this list of red flowers encompasses a wide range of plants with something to suit everyone.

12 Types of Red Flowers

1. Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Scientific Name: Alcea rosea

Mature Size: Up to 6 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Tolerant of a wide range of soil types

Red Varieties: Alcea rosea ‘Mars Magic’, Alcea rosea ‘Blacknight’, Alcea rosea ‘Fiesta Time’

This perennial plant produces chunky upright spikes from which funnel-shaped blooms appear from mid to late summer. Due to its height, it works well on the back row of borders or against walls and fences, though shorter dwarf varieties are also available. It has a vigorous growth habit and is a reliable bloomer. Prune back stems after flowers have faded to encourage more blooms. This plant is tolerant of most soil types, though it will not thrive in wet soils. It will produce an abundance of flowers in a full sun position, though if kept in a hot climate, it would benefit from afternoon shade.


2. Peruvian Lily

Peruvian Lily

Scientific Name: Alstroemeria

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile

Special Features: Long blooming period

Red Varieties: Alstroemeria ‘Inca Joli’, Alstroemeria ‘Mars’, Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’, Alstroemeria ‘Princess Amina’

This hardy perennial is a vigorous bloomer, producing flowers from early spring right through to the end of summer. Depending on the variety, these plants can have a mature height of anywhere from one foot to four feet, making it suitable for a wide variety of uses, including border planting and container gardens. These plants are low-maintenance, though they will self-seed easily, so you should deadhead flowers once spent if you don’t want a mass of new plants.


3. Amaryllis

Amaryllis

Scientific Name: Hippeastrum

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-12

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Can be grown indoors and outdoors

Red Varieties: Amaryllis ‘Benfica’, Amaryllis ‘Brazza’, Amaryllis ‘Cherry Nymph’, Amaryllis ‘Double King’, Amaryllis ‘Ferrari’, Amaryllis ‘Red Lion’, Amaryllis ‘Red Pearl’, Amaryllis ‘Royal Velvet’, Amaryllis ‘Splash’

These flowers grow from bulbs, with usually between six and eight blooms being produced from each bulb. They can grow up to three feet tall, though most are more likely to reach between one and two feet. They are reliable bloomers, with flowers appearing around six weeks after planting. They can be grown outdoors in warm climates, but also work well as potted plants indoors in any region, and make excellent cut flowers. They provide weeks or even months of beautiful color, as each flower blooms consecutively rather than all at the same time. Flowers are wide open trumpet-shaped and come in a variety of both subtle and striking colors.


4. Begonia

Begonia

Scientific Name: Begonia

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Partial sun and shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, acidic, fertile

Special Features:

Red Varieties: Begonia ‘Dragon Wing Red’, Begonia ‘Fimbriata Ruffled Red’, Begonia ‘Hanging Basket Scarlet’, Begonia ‘ Non-Stop Red’, Begonia ‘Picotee Lace Red’, Begonia ‘Roseform Red’, Begonia ‘Ruffled Red’

Begonia’s are perennial plants that bloom profusely with luxurious looking flowers from midsummer until the first frost of fall. Their flowers can be likened to roses, with layers of overlapping petals, available in both smooth and ruffled varieties. They form relatively small mounds of bushy growth, and work well in borders, containers, and hanging baskets. They are incredibly easy to grow and are very low-maintenance. They are tender plants, and outside of very warm climates will need to be dug out of the ground and moved inside for storing throughout the winter to be planted again next spring or summer.


5. Clematis

Clematis

Scientific Name: Clematis

Mature Size: Up to 15 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Showy, free-flowering climber

Red Varieties: Clematis ‘Niobe’, Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’, Clematis ‘Rebecca’

These free-flowering climbing plants tend to have vigorous growth habits, covering the trellis or structures they climb with impressive speed. They produce masses of large flowers, sometimes measuring up to six inches across, which bloom from spring right through to fall. They are incredibly popular due to their tolerance of a wide range of climates, and the ease with which they grow. There are over 300 clematis species, with the majority of these tending to be in shades of pink, white, blue, and purple, though there are a handful of red varieties that make stunning additions to the garden.

All clematis plants enjoy cold feet and warm faces, which means they like to have their foliage in the sun while keeping their roots in the shade. One way to achieve this is by planting low growing plants around the base of your clematis to shade the roots or cover the topsoil with pebbles or mulch to keep it cool.


6. Dahlia

Dahlia

Scientific Name: Dahlia

Mature Size: Up to 6 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Full sun

Water Maintain moist soil

Soil: Fertile, well-draining

Special Features: Prolonged blooming period

Red Varieties: Dahlia ‘Apache’, Dahlia ‘Arabian Night’, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland’, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, Dahlia ‘Bora Bora’, Dahlia ‘Chat Noir’, Dahlia ‘Conraste’, Dahlia ‘Duet’, Dahlia ‘Ellen Huston’, Dahlia ‘Gallery Art Deco’, Dahlia ‘Impression Festivo’, Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’, Dahlia ‘Little William’, Dahlia ‘Melody Mambo’, Dahlia ‘Spartacus’

These flowers are heavy bloomers and are in flower for a large portion of the year, usually from midsummer right through to fall. They are very showy, providing a real feature in gardens, but also make excellent cut flowers. These plants can reach up to six feet tall though more commonly, most varieties top out at around three feet. In some instances, they may need staking to keep the heavy flowers upright.

The style of blooms varies between varieties, from double blooms in ball shapes to more daisy-like types. These plants are tender but can be grown in cooler climates so long as the tubers are dug up before the first frost and stored overwinter in a cool and dry place. These impressive plants have won multiple awards, and are easy to grow. They perform best in full sun and require their soil to be kept continuously moist throughout the growing season.


7. Ice Plant

Ice Plant

Scientific Name: Delosperma

Mature Size: Up to 6 inches tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Light: Full sun

Water Drought-tolerant

Soil: Well-draining, sandy, rocky

Special Features: Extended bloomer

Red Varieties: Delosperma ‘Wheels of Wonder-Fire Wonder’, Delosperma ‘Jewel of the Desert Garnet’, Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’, Delosperma dyeri ‘Red Mountain’

These low growing perennial plants feature blue-green succulent foliage and a mass of colorful flowers that bloom from spring through to fall. They remain evergreen in climates with warm winters and can seem to be in flower almost continuously. They bloom so heavily with daisy-shaped flowers that the plant seems to be completely smothered in blooms. It is native to South Africa and tolerant of heat and drought. It will grow in a wide range of soils and is perfect for rock gardens, containers, and borders.


8. Peony

Peony

Scientific Name: Paeonia

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Average water needs

Soil: Fertile, well-draining

Special Features: Extensive number of varieties and hybrids to choose from

Red Varieties: Paeonia ‘America’, Paeonia ‘Buckeye Belle’, Paeonia ‘Flame’, Paeonia ‘Illini Warrior’, Paeonia ‘Merry Mayshine’, Paeonia ‘Red Charm’, Paeonia ‘Scarlett O’Hara’

These popular plants are well-loved due to their showy scented flowers and long blooming period. They are long-lived plants and thrive with very minimal care, therefore make very rewarding garden plants. Their various single and double flowers also work well in cut bouquets. The plants grow quite vigorously, forming dense mounds of bushy glossy foliage, which is deep green through spring and fall but can warm up in fall. These plants will flower best in full sun but can tolerate afternoon shade, especially in warmer climates.


9. Poppy

Poppy

Scientific Name: Papaver sp.

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-10

Light: Full sun

Water Low water needs

Soil: Fertile, well-draining, deep

Special Features: Easy care

Red Varieties: Papaver nudicaule ‘Champagne Bubbles Scarlet’ (Iceland Poppy), Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’ (Oriental Poppy), Papaver orientale ‘Eyecatcher’ (Oriental Poppy), Papaver rhoeas (Common Poppy), Papaver somniferum ‘Danish Flag’ (Opium Poppy), Papaver commutatum ‘Ladybird’ (Ladybird Poppy)

There are over 100 species of poppy, including both annuals and perennials. These wildflowers most commonly produce red flowers, but there are varieties in other shades, including orange and pink. Poppies are exceptionally easy to care for, and they bloom reliably during spring and summer. The flowers sit on top of tall, thick stems, which are covered in coarse hairs. The foliage stays close to ground level and is oval in shape. These plants self-seed easily in ideal conditions. They are low-maintenance, preferring dry soils and plenty of sunlight

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10. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-11

Light: Full sun

Water Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, fertile

Special Features: Fall bloomer

Red Varieties: Chrysanthemum ‘Jolly Cheryl’, Chrysanthemum ‘Ruby Mound’, Chrysanthemum ‘Overture’

These popular perennial plants bloom in late summer to fall, bringing bright splashes of color to the garden. Chrysanthemums have bushy growth habits, forming dense and compact mounds of deep green foliage accented by cheerful flowers. These plants are easy to grow and are suitable for a wide range of climates. They work well in borders, as well as containers, and enjoy rich soil with plenty of additional organic compost.


11. Tickseed

Tickseed

Scientific Name: Coreopsis

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Light: Full sun

Water Low moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Abundant bloomer

Red Varieties: Coreopsis ‘Desert Coral’, Coreopsis ‘Ladybird’, Coreopsis ‘Mercury Rising’, Coreopsis ‘Red Elf’, Coreopsis ‘Red Satin’, Coreopsis ‘Ruby Frost’

This hardy plant is a profuse bloomer, flowering in abundance from spring right through to the first frost. It is a tough perennial that thrives on neglect; it is tolerant of drought, poor soils, deer, rabbits, and is virtually pest-free. Flowers are large, measuring up to two inches across. They come in a range of colors and have a satin-like texture. Foliage is deep green and sits in tight clumps.


12. Coneflower

Coneflower

Scientific Name: Echinacea

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water Low water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Tolerant of most conditions

Red Varieties: Echinacea ‘Firebird’, Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’, Echinacea ‘Sombrero Salsa Red’, Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’

These flowers have a very distinctive look, with drooping petals in a daisy-style surrounding a protruding central cone. The flowers come in various sizes depending on variety, with some having huge six-inch wide blooms. These vigorous perennials flower heavily during summer when they will be very popular with butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. They work well in borders, containers, wildflower gardens, and as cut flower bouquets. They are very easy to grow, being tolerant of drought, poor soils, humidity, and heat.

12 Red Flowers To Bring Vibrancy To The Garden

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