Top 56 Types of Beautiful Red Flowering Plants

Red flowers are sure to create an impact in your garden. Traditionally, red flowers have been linked to the deeper emotions of love, temptation, passion, and desire, and these emotions have been linked to the color red since ancient times, throughout many cultures.

Red also has some pretty negative connotations. In religion, red is the color of damnation, of cruelty, blood, and suffering that saints are put through.

The color red has been used in varying ways in many cultures, and the thing they usually have in common is that red symbolizes an extreme – it’s almost never used for something subtle.

It’s a color that shouts – and it’s impossible not to notice it. In China, red is the color symbolic of life and vigor. In Ancient Rome, it was used to keep people in a war-like mindset, which also represented the god Mars.

If you want to put on a display in your garden that will be unforgettable and impossible to ignore, red flowers are the perfect choice.  

Whatever shade of red you choose, the eye is automatically drawn toward it, creating an area of drama and interest into your own piece of paradise.

When we approach garden design, or planning an area of your garden, there are different “rules” than those that apply inside. 

You don’t have to use a single hue and carry it through the rest of the garden, as clashes of color often work well together in displays. 

Flowers also look better and indeed fare better when you have more of the same type in proximity. This can even create its own microclimate, providing your plants with the conditions they need in order to thrive. 

Odd numbers are also used in garden displays, to make things look “right” to your brain. 

Plant things in threes, fives, sevens, or nines to prevent your plants looking as though they’re “standing to attention”, that is to say, put there purposefully. It’s a way of making your garden look natural, and softening a planting scheme.

Red is one of the most vivid colors you can go for within your garden, and will complement or happily contrast any other color you can think of.

Read on to discover some of the most beautiful red flowers you can have in your garden. 


Known as the Peruvian lily, while it’s not a true relation to the Lilium family, it’s a beautiful plant in its own right. 

Plant it in the middle of a border or in a container where it will get full sun or partial shade, somewhere protected from the worst the weather has to offer. 

To keep Alstroemeria happy, water it regularly, but make sure the soil can drain freely in order to prevent the plant from sitting in soggy soil for too long.

Alstroemeria don’t just come in red, but white, yellow, orange, pink, and purple hues. You can recognize this plant easily when it blooms, usually producing three flowers atop a single stem, six petals per flower. 

The middle petal features a splash of a different color – usually yellow in the middle, and speckled with brown. 


Azaleas bloom reliably throughout summer with little care needed, and produce stunning displays of color.

They need to be planted in partial shade at least, and do well underneath trees or large shrubs where other plants simply won’t thrive.

Unless in very hot conditions, or you’re just putting an azalea into its new home, they don’t usually need to be watered – nature takes care of that!

With every year, an azalea will get bigger and more beautiful, putting on an even better display than it did the year before. 

They brighten up the darker areas of your garden, and provide architectural interest all year round.

They also attract plenty of bees, which is beneficial for your garden, no matter how you look at it. 


Irises are one of the easiest plants to grow that produce stunning flowers, provided you get the requirements right.

There’s an iris bulb for nearly every type of soil – some even prefer boggy, dark places in order to thrive. Although, most irises prefer a sunny position with soil that drains well. 

Be sure to pick out the variety that will suit the conditions in your garden.

While irises usually produce their captivating flowers in spring, varieties have been developed to produce flowers during summer, or even the autumn months. 

They’re also easy to care for, as spent flowers and foliage will die back to be absorbed into the bulb, and the energy will be used to create next year’s blooms. They also make great cut flowers.


If you took the architectural beauty of a banana plant, and added tropical blooms atop a high stem, you’d get a Canna. 

They’re not hardy plants, so they will need overwintering in colder climates. If you’ve planted them in the ground, simply dig them up and put them in a container, either in a frost-proof greenhouse or inside.

Then you can pop them back out again once the risk of frost has passed.

Cannas vary in appearance, some even having striped foliage, and all come in different shades of orange, red, yellow, and pink.  

Once well-established, cannas will take care of themselves in full sun with soil that drains freely, adding height and color to containers and borders alike. 


Could we really leave roses (see also Flower Names Beginning With R) off the list? No! Red roses (see also Red Roses Meaning, Symbolism and Varieties You Can Grow) are amongst the most recognizable flowers, and the first we tend to think of when it comes to red flowers.

Roses originated in China, more than 5,000 years ago, and have spread to naturalize all over the world, delighting people with rich, vivid blooms and usually a stunning fragrance.

Roses come in all shapes and sizes – there’s a type for any part of your garden, from climbers, ramblers, standard trees, to bush types. 

Red roses are considered by many to be the most beautiful, no matter the form that the bloom itself takes, whether that’s an old-fashioned rose with hundreds of petals, or a tea rose with a more architectural silhouette. 

Roses have become increasingly hybridized over the years, allowing for greater disease and pest resistance (see also Roses Which Are Disease Resistant), as well as creating new forms of flower or even color.

With careful choices of cultivar, you can create captivating displays of roses that nearly flower all year round.

Just remember to cut back any dead flowers, as this will encourage the plant to grow more flowers.


Also known by its common name of love-lies-bleeding, this is a plant which produces unusual, cat’s tail shaped flowers which drape over the foliage. 

If you’re wanting to give your garden a tropical aesthetic, this is a good choice. The green leaves change color to red and yellow in summer, providing an ever-changing display.

While this plant can get quite large, and you may want to treat it like an azalea (see also Azalea Flower Meaning and Symbolism) or a rhododendron where you think it might like a lot of shade, don’t. 

This plant wants direct sunlight, but once comfortable in its place, it will be fairly hardy and will tolerate most weather. 

The blooms that this plant produces also make great cut flowers, not only for their unusual appearance, but the flower itself will easily last longer than a week.


Pentas attract a wealth of pollinators, including hummingbirds, if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where they’re native! 

Pentas plants are part of the Rubiaceae family, which is also the coffee family.

You can recognize a pentas for the hairy green foliage, and clusters of star-shaped flowers which come in purple, pink, red, and white, and can last the whole summer.

Some varieties want full sun, and can be grown as smaller versions in containers. Usually, they need little attention, and will grow happily in hot and dry weather.


Chrysanthemums come in a multitude of colors and shapes, and are very often used as a cut flower both for their size of flower, their beauty, and how long they last. Most types of chrysanthemum are autumn-flowering, and prefer full sun where they can get it.

Red chrysanthemums are particularly renowned, as they produce very vivid hues. 

Like most flowers, if you remove the spent flower heads, this will encourage the plant to produce new growth and more flowers. 

If you receive “indoor” chrysanthemums, you can plant them outside once they’ve finished flowering, and they should come back the following year. 

To encourage better growth, in this instance, it’s a good idea to remove the new flower heads to give the plant more energy, and to encourage the plant to grow stronger.


Native to America, these plants are usually annuals, but some come in perennial forms. 

Like geraniums, and coleus, if you move gloxinia outside during the summer and keep them inside for the rest of the time, you’ll be rewarded with plants which will have a longer life span, as they’re not very hardy. 

The flowering period is roughly two months, but this depends on the conditions the plant is kept in. For optimal conditions, these plants need a mixture of partial shade and some sun.

They also benefit from fertilizer during the flowering period to support their growth.


Part of the Amaryllis plant family, lycoris has unique, delicate flowers that will provide any garden with color. 

These striking flowers form during late summer, but the foliage no longer stays green at that point – which can make for an interesting display in itself. 

Plant it among leafier plants to have a full pop of color among the foliage, while avoiding the ‘naked’ look of the lycoris. Of course, this can be an interesting feature in itself, but it depends on the look you prefer!

This plant needs full sunlight in order to thrive and develop these unique flowers. It also requires freely-draining soil to prevent the roots from rotting.  


Begonias produce stunning red blooms, along with an array of different colors. 

They’re easy to care for, and you can get varieties which are happy climbing up supports, in hanging baskets, or in the ground as bedding plants.

They do prefer partial shade with some sunlight, or even full sun. 

Begonias can’t be left to fend for themselves when it comes to watering, but providing them with a lot of regular watering will ensure a continuous display of flowers.


Daylilies are great at establishing themselves and producing new flowers, so if you have a fairly big space that you want to fill quickly, a daylily (see also Daylily: Different Hemerocallis Types, Plant Varieties, and Facts) is for you.

Although daylily flowers come in a variety of colors, red is among the most popular, brightening up anywhere you choose to plant them. 

The flowers are trumpet-shaped, and form on the top of a tall, leafless stem.

Although they resemble lilies, daylilies are not true members of the Lilium family. They’re part of the Hemerocallis genus, which translates from the Greek words for “day” and “beautiful”. 

They’re able to withstand frost, drought, large amounts of sunlight and shade, and adapt to nearly every weather condition you can throw at them.


Adding a tower of color into your garden, salvias produce tight stacks of small flowers in abundance in vivid shades. Red is among the most beautiful and brightest colors this plant can produce.

While usually grown for its ornamental value, it’s part of the mint/sage family. 

Different varieties are grown for different uses, and its popularity as a perennial ornamental plant (see also Ornamental Plants To Grow In Your Garden) has enjoyed a resurgence, with new cultivars being created.

Salvia is also a favorite of bees.

It’s also resistant to drought, and enjoys full sun, making it perfect for rockery gardens, warmer climates, and those who would prefer to water their garden just a little bit less!


Shaped like a cockerel’s comb, this is a very unusual flower! It will add an ornate and fanciful look to your garden, with blooms that come in red, purple, pink, yellow, and orange.

Flowers don’t always form in the comb shape. They can form as spires, and bubble-like clusters, depending on the variety. 

It needs well-draining soil, and full sun in order to thrive.

Prickly Pear

In colder areas, you will have to grow a prickly pear cactus as a houseplant, as they are plants which have adapted to dry, desert-like conditions. 

In warmer climates, you can grow these plants outdoors, where once established in a sunny position with free-draining soil, they will form small flowers in vivid colors, including red.

It requires very little water, and smaller still is the amount of time you need to take in caring for it. 

As long as you get the soil right – sandy, with some gravel, and as little nutrition or feed in it as possible, these plants will thrive for years on sun and neglect.

Like the name suggests, this plant is covered in spines, so please be careful where you plant a prickly pear cactus, as the spines are hard to remove from your clothes and skin! 

Don’t plant a prickly pear cactus in an area that will see a lot of foot traffic, or you might hear a lot of complaints!  


Normally grown in pots, poinsettia can be tricky to get established in the ground. 

Despite them being usually sold for the Christmas period because of the vivid red hues they display in winter, they don’t tolerate cold temperatures very well.

Part of the Euphorbia family, this plant can survive all year round indoors. It’s also worth mentioning that as part of this family, they are toxic. Keep them out of reach of pets and children.

Red Sunflower

Varieties such as ‘Prado Red’ will produce dark red flowers instead of the usual yellow, providing a lot of interest in your garden. Some vary in size and the shade of red, and you can get sunflowers which grow a vivid pink or even brown.

These smaller varieties of sunflower tend to spread rather than grow upward, so they’re best for pots and the front of borders. 

Most sunflowers need full sun for as long as they can get it, in a sheltered position, within soil that drains freely. 

Sunflowers are annuals, so while you may get a few that set seed into the soil to produce new plants, you’ll have to resow them the following year in order to guarantee another beautiful display, but that’s a small price to pay! 


Freesias (see also Freesia Flower Symbolism) grow from bulbs, and attract a plethora of pollinators into your garden, which is beneficial for all your plants.

Freesia flowers symbolize friendship and innocence. In particular, red freesias represent love and passion. 

You’ll need to plant more than one bulb if you’re after a display of freesias, as a single bulb usually only blooms once per year. 

They feature a lovely fragrance. When sold as cut flowers, they can be quite expensive, so having freesias in your garden is an extra treat. 

They bloom during spring, and come in a rainbow of colors, some even in bicolored varieties.

Sweet Pea

Sweet peas are widely admired for their delicate blooms, and have been compared to the fragile beauty of butterflies. 

Annual varieties produce scented flowers. They are renowned for their fragrance, which is often included in perfumes or cosmetics.

Sweet peas are climbers, so need constant support while the plant is growing – making them perfect for a trellis or a wall where you can tie them into.

They’re also known for producing a lot of flowers, which need to be cut from the plant to keep its flower production steady. 

This also stops the plant forming seed pods, which would prevent the plant from flowering further. 

For this reason, they’re often used as wedding flowers, or cut flowers, which can provide nearly every room with a fresh bouquet.

Sweet peas need full sun and well-draining soil in order to produce the most flowers possible.


Marigolds grow during the height of summer, adding vivid shades of red, yellow, and orange into your garden. They’re also useful in drawing pests away from plants which are vulnerable to aphids, such as tomatoes, roses, and cucumbers.

Deadheading spent flowers will ensure the plant can produce the most flowers possible.

Unfortunately, most types of marigolds are annuals, which means you’ll have to sow more seeds in order to enjoy them the following year. Fortunately, they are really easy to grow from seed. 

Some varieties have a lovely, musky scent, but all provide cheerful hues to brighten up any area of your garden and lift your mood. 


As woodland plants, hellebores prefer partial shade and well-draining soil. They’re fairly happy growing underneath taller shrubs and trees, and produce flowers for around two months of the year.

The blooms they produce often point to the ground in a pendant form. Many varieties have been produced because this plant is easy to hybridize, and you can collect and grow a new variety within a year of crossing parent plants. 

You can recognize a hellebore by its pointed, leathery leaves, and large blooms which have a lot of stamens. The flowers themselves come in white, pink, red, purple, and green. Some are even bi-colored. 

They also spread fairly easily once established, and you can split them in order to gain more plants to grow elsewhere in your garden.


Also known as the cape primrose, these plants are usually grown indoors as they cannot tolerate cool temperatures or nasty weather. 

You can move them outdoors in summer, in order to create a vivid display. This plant produces funnel-shaped flowers, which usually have a darker center, and the flowers come in a range of vivid colors.

This plant is happy both in full sun or partial shade, but needs well-draining soil to prevent any root-rot and subsequent plant death.  


Petunias are tender perennials or annuals (see also Petunia Plant Facts), depending on the variety. They’re often planted in summer as bedding plants to fill out pots and borders with their bright colors, and to complement summer-flowering perennials. 

They produce trumpet-shaped flowers which come in red, pink, purple, white, yellow, orange, and blue. Some come in a mixture of colors.

Depending on the variety, they can grow up to 4 feet high and spread to about the same, but this also depends on whether you bring it indoors during the winter months.

While petunias love direct sun, too much sun can harm the plant in the harsher summer months, so keep this in mind. To prevent this, you can plant them beneath taller flowers such as dahlias to give them some shade for part of the day, and to produce lovely displays.

Removing any spent flowers will also encourage the plant to produce more flowers.


Also known as Gladioli, or the ‘sword lily’ for its growing habit, these plants are related to irises. 

These plants produce tall spikes of flowers, which are often used as part of bouquets or as cut flowers in their own right. They come in reds, whites, purples, pinks, and yellows.

To get the best out of gladioli, they need full sun, and do well as part of a border or in containers. 

If you want to plant them in borders, plant them in the middle or somewhere equally sheltered from strong winds, as it can often snap the stems. 

If you plant them in a less-sheltered area, consider staking the flower spikes to lend them some support.


Dianthus plants are biennials and perennials, but they are most often treated as annuals in places with cooler temperatures and harsher weather. 

They’re often planted in borders or in containers to provide a wealth of color. The flowers themselves come in reds, pinks, whites, or a combination thereof. 

Some produce a strong scent, but all attract pollinators to your garden, however you choose to plant them.

To get the best out of dianthus (see also Dianthus Grow Guide), plant them in well-draining soil, in full sun, and water them regularly.

Some varieties can grow up to 6 inches tall, spreading to 18 inches wide. The shorter varieties are usually used as ground cover. 


Providing one of the most decorative and brilliant shades of red available, Anthuriums or Flamingo Lilies (see also How To Grow Anthuriums) add a lot of interest and color to your garden.

They also make popular houseplants, usually in a bathroom or a kitchen, which can provide a more humid climate.

They prefer partial shade, and need protection from wintery conditions – so if you do plant them outside, bring them in during winter to protect them from frost. 


These plants produce very delicate-looking, beautiful flowers which come in a range of colors. They are valued as a cut flower and as part of bouquets, as they last a relatively long time as a cut plant. 

Ranunculus need sunlight and well-draining soil, and watering through hotter periods.

While you can cut spent flowers to encourage new growth, don’t touch the foliage. Wait for it to die back on its own, as the plant will use the energy from the leaves to form next year’s growth, and you’ll have better flowers.


Asters are one of the latest flowering plants that produce flowers well into autumn, depending on when the first frost appears, and the type of aster you choose,. They vary wildly in appearance according to the variety.

The color of the flowers can include orange, yellow, red, burgundy, white, purple, and pink. 

Asters need moderate to full sunlight, and well-draining soil. They can adapt to different conditions, but they do better in those listed in order to produce the most flowers.


While often grown as an annual, these are perennial flowers which aren’t very hardy.

Whichever you choose to grow them as, gaillardias are eye-catching flowers which are certain to brighten up any container or border in full sun. 

The flowers produced are red, yellow, orange, or a combination of these. 

There are many types of gaillardia, and while they can vary in size, the maximum they grow to is 18 inches high, and spreading to 24 inches wide.


True lilies fall under the Lilium genus (see also Lilium Uses And Care), and are happy to grow both in pots and in the ground.

They produce stunning flowers in a range of colors, which usually produce a heady fragrance, depending on the variety. 

Some lilies prefer partial shade, while others prefer full sun for as long as they can get it. Nearly all lily varieties prefer moist, freely-draining soil.

If you live in a country with very little wintery weather, you’ll need to give these plants an artificial winter in order to help them thrive for the next year. 

The easiest way to do this is to pop the bulbs into the fridge for a short period, and then plant them back out.


Available as both annual and perennial plants, verbenas are very easy to grow. They do well with drought conditions, depending on the variety, and often can be left to their own devices. 

They’re often grown from seed, and some self-seed and spread fairly well without any help, so be sure to research the type you want before you go and plant it, or you risk being overrun by gorgeous flowers! (There are worse planting-related problems, in my opinion!) 

Colors depend on the variety, but verbenas can come in red, blue, purple, pink and orange. Heights also vary depending on the cultivar.

Cardinal Flower

Named for their vivid scarlet red flowers, this plant is part of the Loebelia family, and it’s native to North America.

It’s usually planted in places with strong sun and hot weather, where other plants would struggle to thrive. 

Tall spikes form tightly-clustered, tubular flowers, which can bloom throughout summer and into early autumn, depending on the weather. 

While drought-tolerant plants, they do benefit from regular watering in hot summers.


Prized as a gargantuan cut flower, or grown in their natural state as a bulb, amaryllis produce spell-binding, trumpet-shaped flowers which can be up to 10 inches in diameter.

The stems themselves can grow up to 2 feet tall, and a single bulb can flower up to 75 years in a row in the right conditions.

While the original colors were red, and red with white veins, pink, white, orange, and purple varieties have been created.

Unfortunately, these plants will die in colder temperatures. Fortunately, you can grow them inside during the cooler months, and bring them back outside when it gets warmer.

They do need full sun, and the bulb needs to be in quite a shallow pot where it isn’t fully buried, which can mean the weight of the flower can bring the plant down, so you may need to support it.


Zinnias are annuals which are very easy to grow from seed. While they produce stunning displays of red, pink, yellow, purple, white, and green blooms, they don’t need a lot of care.

They do need well-draining soil, and watering in warmer weather, but otherwise these beautiful plants mostly fend for themselves. 


Camellias are flowering (See Camellia Flower Meaning and Symbolism) shrubs with very glossy leaves. They bloom with red, pink, or white blossoms, and don’t mind conditions that change quickly. 

They’re evergreen, and some varieties can reach lofty heights of 66 feet! If that doesn’t sound like something you’d want in your garden, you can keep pruning them back. 

They need sunny or partially shaded areas, and will do better in the ground rather than in a pot, in well-draining soil. If you do plan to keep them in a pot, you’ll need to water them fairly regularly in order to keep them healthy.

Bleeding Heart

Another captivating and unique perennial, the bleeding heart, or Lamprocapnos spectabilis, provides an unusual display in any garden. 

Partial sun will get the best out of this plant, along with well-draining soil. They’re often grown under the cover of much bigger plants, where they’ll happily thrive and provide you with a lot of color in shady areas.

These plants can reach 4 feet high and spread up to 3 feet wide, and self-seed pretty regularly, providing your garden with some pretty spontaneous displays of color.

Red Trumpet Creeper

This plant is a vigorous climber, which clings to wood, brick, stone, or anything else that it can attach its aerial roots to. 

It produces vivid orangey-red flowers from late summer into October, and needs full sun in order to thrive. Other colors such as orange and yellow are also available.

It attracts a lot of pollinators into your garden, but it can grow up to 30 feet tall, so keep this in mind when you decide where you want to plant it, as it may end up taking over!


Peony plants (see also Peony Types And Care) produce beautiful, large flowers which are widely admired throughout the world. 

They often produce a rich fragrance, and are available in reds, pinks, whites, purples, and a mixture of these. 

They need full sun, and moist, freely-draining soil. Like with roses, you’ll need to water at the base of the plant, trying not to put water on the leaves or the blooms.

They can grow up to 4 feet tall, and spread about the same, so give them plenty of room!

There are a few common beliefs when it comes to peonies. It’s believed that they can’t be kept in pots, and they cannot be moved once they are planted. 

Both are myths. With some care, you can do either. To move peonies, you’ll need to wait until autumn, and cut back any foliage that’s above ground level, and mulch them into their new home.

Red Valerian

Despite the clusters of tiny flowers having a delicate appearance, red valerians have a strong, sweet scent.

Red valerians can get up to 3 feet tall, so you may want to plan ahead, or clear an area of your garden in order to plant one. They need freely-draining soil, and direct sunlight.

They’re often planted to attract many pollinators into a garden, and the flowers themselves come in pink, white, and red. 


Also known as “sea pink”, because they’re usually found on coastlines, or “lady’s cushion” because of the flower’s resemblance to a pincushion, armeria is a beautiful perennial which makes a striking addition to any garden.

Armeria flowers grow in ball-shaped clusters atop strong stems. Because their natural habitat is the coastline, they’re hardy to harsher weather, heavy winds, rain, and colder temperatures.

They’re also a favorite plant for rockeries, (for another option, see also Rockrose Types and Care) either in direct sun or very partial shade. You’ll need to water them during hotter weather, too.


Anemones flower for three out of the four seasons in the year, making them very popular plants! They provide rich color to any garden, available in many hues such as purple, pink, white, and red are among the most vivid. 

It’s believed that anemones can bring luck, and they’re widely admired, because they’re so easy to care for. 

To grow anemones, plant the bulbs in winter, and they’ll take care of the rest. They can even flower 20 times per year! For a fantastic display, plant as many anemones as you can get. 

Plant them somewhere where the soil will drain well, and where they’ll get full sun for the longest time possible. 

Anemones can grow as tall as 36 inches, and do well in pots or in borders.


Also known as bee balm (see also Monarda Care Guide), or horsemint, or Monarda, these plants belong to the mint family. 

They are perennial plants which can also be used as herbs, and the flowers themselves attract a lot of pollinators. 

The shape of the flowers will add a lot of interest, with globe-like clusters of elongated petals. They prefer well-draining soil and full sun. 


Hibiscus flowers come in a rainbow of bright colors, but red is among the most popular. They vary in size and shape, and on the conditions they’re planted in within your garden.

The red hibiscus symbolizes the Hindu goddess Kali. 

While native to tropical climates, this plant is well-known for its ability to adapt to cooler weather and harsher temperatures. 

It can be grown in pots to creep up supports, or as a hanging basket flower quite happily.

The only real pest to watch out for in hibiscus plants is mealybugs, as the plant is quite susceptible to these. 

At every stage of its life, the flower is beautiful. After the bud opens, the flower emerges as a star shape, and then it slowly unfolds to become the huge, trumpet-shaped flower it is famous for.

They also have a low-light or darkness response, called “nyctinasty”, which is where the leaflets close at night, and open during the day. 

If you want to grow hibiscus in your garden, it needs to be in partial shade or full sun, and moist soil that drains well. It would also benefit from protection in the winter, and harsher weather. 

Mask Flower

Part of the figwort family, the mask flower or Alonsoa hails from Central and western South America. 

The flowers, which are red, orange, yellow or blue, are generously spaced along a tall stem, which can grow up to 3 feet tall. 

They’re visible and eye-catching no matter where you choose to plant them, and do especially well next to fences or at the back of a border where their height can be supported. 

In some places, these flowers are grown as annuals, as they often don’t survive harsh winter conditions.

Gerbera Daisy

While most gerberas are not hardy, these perennial plants are often grown as houseplants or as annuals in colder climates, which enjoy the best out of the summer sun. 

Colors such as red, orange, pink, white, and purple can seem to glow in the sun. Each flower can reach up to 5 inches wide, and they look particularly spectacular contrasting against other bright flowers in pots or borders.


Crocosmias add both height and strong color to any garden, but make sure you have plenty of space for this plant to produce its sword-shaped leaves, as they take up a lot of room during spring and summer, when this plant regrows. 

The flowers will grow on a horizontal stem at the top of the plant, producing great sprays of bright red, yellow or orange blooms.

They enjoy both direct sun and partial shade, but partial shade is the best if your summer sun gets particularly fierce, as harsh rays can dry out or even burn the flowers.

During hot weather, it’s helpful to water your crocosmia to help it along.


Dahlias are usually grown from tubers or seeds, and come in many shapes and sizes, with the blooms varying wildly in appearance. Red is among the most converted, though you can get them in all colors, and some are bicolored.

Some dahlias grow up to 6 feet tall, while some stay small and compact, making them a diverse choice for any garden or container. They will also happily grow in raised beds alongside fruit and vegetables. 

When they bloom varies, as it depends on the variety. Some flower earlier than others.

They make spectacular cut flowers, and popular types of dahlia include cactus and dinnerplate varieties. 

In order to produce their blooms, they need direct sunlight for a good few hours, and soil that drains well to stop the tubers from rotting.


Also known as the ‘bottlebrush plant’, callistemons produce the most eye-catching flower spikes with tiny wispy petals. These are usually a deep crimson red, but they also come in white or pink. 

The dark, evergreen foliage contrasts nicely with the flowers, and if taken care of properly, this shrub can grow into a big tree, which will treat you to display after display, year after year. 

They’re half-hardy, so if you live somewhere which has harsher winters, you may want to keep them in a sheltered position, where they’ll still enjoy as much sun as possible. They will also benefit from some winter protection. 


Tulips (see also Tulip Flower Symbolism And Meaning) vary wildly in size, shape, and color, and there’s a variety for every garden or planting scheme imaginable. Some are tall, some are compact, some with blousy blooms, some which imitate other plants, but all are beautiful.  

Every kind has slightly different conditions which they grow best in – but full sun, a sheltered position, and freely draining soil tend to be the best conditions for optimal growth. 

While the flowers only tend to last around a couple of weeks depending on the weather, they’ll come back year after year, with little to no maintenance needed, making them very popular flowers. 

They’re often used to fill any gaps during spring, and to fill out pots as part of a successional planting scheme, where summer-flowering bulbs will sit beneath them in containers. 


Geraniums are very popular plants which produce very vivid flowers in a range of colors and shapes. The whole plant also smells amazing, which adds another dimension. 

Some varieties aren’t hardy, so if you do get colder temperatures, you can either grow them as annuals, or bring them inside to a bright windowsill during the winter. 

You can even get climbing or trailing varieties, making geraniums a perfect choice for any area of your garden.

Keep in mind that geraniums aren’t drought tolerant, and will need lots of watering in dry, hot conditions. To get the best out of your geraniums, keep them in bright light – or full sun – in soil that drains well.


Related to cockscombs, celosias need very little care in order to produce their bright, flame-shaped flowers, which form in the summer. 

It’s an annual, and needs a warm climate in order to do well. They’re also often sold as houseplants for their unusual blooms.  


Also known as ‘Granny’s Bonnet’, or Aquilegia, these striking flowers attract pollinators galore. 

Red, pinks, purples, blues, yellows, and bicolors all add a showy display to your garden. The plants themselves can vary in size, some grow up to 1.5 feet tall.

They don’t mind full sun, but they will also grow in partial shade at the back of borders. 


Bergenias are extremely hardy plants, which are very versatile. They can withstand both freezing and sweltering temperatures, and will grow happily in the sun or in very shaded areas.

They’re often used as ground-cover plants, usually at the edge of borders, paths, or driveways where other plants wouldn’t tolerate. 

These plants are also known as ‘elephant’s ears’ for the shape of their leaves, and many cultivars have received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit, making them special plants. 

Flowers form on spikes which grow past the tops of the leaves, and usually come in reds, pinks, or whites. The only real requirement a bergenia has is it wants well-draining soil. 


Yarrow plants form wide, flat clusters of tiny flowers atop 2 feet tall stems. There are many colors available, but red and even red and yellow are particularly striking. 

They contrast well against the feathery foliage. Yarrow also attracts a lot of pollinators, and they’re a favorite of hoverflies, which are very beneficial to any garden.

While they have a multitude of uses, they’re often used as a cut flower to contrast ornate blooms in bouquets, as well as a good dried flower. 

They mainly take care of themselves, but full sunlight and well-draining soil will always help them along. 


This list would feel incomplete without the red poppy. Poppies come in annual, perennial, and biennial forms. They also set seed fairly easily, sometimes in places you wouldn’t expect! 

As long as you provide them with well-draining soil, they’re very easy to grow, and they generally take care of themselves. For the best flowers possible, keep them in full sunlight. 

They’re also drought tolerant, which makes them great for containers, as pots often lose moisture quicker than in borders, especially if they’re terracotta. 

Poppies come in a variety of shades, but red is by far the most prolific, and stands for remembrance.

You can make a stunning display by planting them with contrasting colors or shapes, or even create your own sea of red poppies to delight the eye.

Royal Poinciana

Also known as the ‘flame tree’, or Delonix regia, this is a plant native to Madagascar, but widely admired and  planted all around the world. 

It produces vibrant red flowers among its fern-like leaves, and is endangered in the wild, though it’s naturalized well in other parts of the world. 

It does need a warm climate in order to thrive, and produces the most flowers when the soil is kept dry.

It’s also kept as a flowering bonsai tree.

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