60 Red Flowers for Show-Stopping Garden Designs

A potted red geranium next to a rustic wooden stair railing.
My Garden Life
November 27, 2023
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Few colors can instantly elevate the energy in a garden like red flowers. The color red symbolizes an array of emotions and meaning, from love, passion and courage to danger and rage. In the garden, red is the complementary color to green on the color wheel, so it naturally creates a sharp contrast against green foliage. Just a few red flowers will capture attention, even from a distance, making red flowers a good choice for planting in the front yard to enhance a home’s “curb appeal”. (It’s well-known by bird enthusiasts that hummingbirds are drawn to red because it’s an easy color for them to spot!)

Red flowers attract hummingbirds-Close up of a ruby throated hummingbird visiting a red Monarda or beebalm flower.

Red flowering plants are great for adding a bright accent or contrast among other flower colors. In combination with bright pinks and yellow, red flowers can be used to create a festive or tropical vibe. If curb appeal is what you’re looking for, a pathway or foundation planting edged with red annual flowers, such as petunias or geraniums, is sure to be eye-catching from a distance. Even just a little touch of red is enough to brighten any outdoor space or flower border. 

A charming stucco house with a beautiful layered foundation planting featuring red flowers, dusty miller, and hydrangea shrubs.

Perennial red flowers can be enjoyed year after year and require less maintenance than annual flowers. However, annuals add a pop of instant color, bloom all summer long, and you can easily experiment with new flower varieties every year, or even change your mind in the same season! Climbing plants with red flowers can make a lovely addition to a trellis or chain-link fence. Many of the red flowers in our list can be grown in pots for your deck, patio, or balcony.

Here are suggestions for popular red flowers based on the plant’s size and whether they are annual or perennial. Discover how easy it is to bring the energizing effects of red into your landscape! 

Tall Perennial Red Flowers 

Tall flowering perennials can be used to create a dramatic and colorful background for shorter plants. Use a clump of tall red flowers to create a strong focal point for a corner or in the center of an “island” planting. Tall plants also have the advantage of bringing the beauty of flowers closer to eye-level.

Sneezeweed (Helenium hybrid)

Sneezeweed (Helenium hybrid)

Sneezeweed is a familiar source of warm color in the garden. Daisy-like flowers on dependable plant provide a delightful display. Attracts bees to the garden! Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Looks great in rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Chinese Hibiscus, Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

Chinese Hibiscus, Hawaiian Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)

A shrubby beauty sure to enliven any sunny room or patio! Big, bold blooms and lush, glossy foliage make hibiscus a tropical knock-out for growing in a pot or in tropical gardens. Wonderful used as an entry way focal point or brightening a sunny corner. Treat as an annual plant in regions with freezing winters. Can be grown indoors for the winter in cold climates if given a bright location.
Cardinal Flower ‘Queen Victoria’ (Lobelia fulgens)

Cardinal Flower ‘Queen Victoria’ (Lobelia fulgens)

Long spikes of vivid scarlet-red flowers bloom throughout the summer. Dark purple-red foliage adds a richness to a green-dominated landscape. The blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Looks great in woodland settings. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Best planted in groups.
Beardtongue, Penstemon (Penstemon species)

Beardtongue, Penstemon (Penstemon species)

The bright tubular blooms of Penstemon are a magnet for hummingbirds! The graceful stalks of flowers may look delicate but this is a plant that holds up under harsh conditions. Penstemon tolerates hot, dry conditions where other plants might fail. For a dramatic effect plant in groups of three or more. Excellent for borders, rock gardens, and informal, naturalized settings.
Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)

Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)

The perfect choice for seemingly hopeless hot, dry locations with poor soil. Brilliant flower spikes brighten up the scene and things will really liven up when the butterflies and hummingbirds arrive seeking the nectar from the tubular flowers. Put a few in patio planters to enjoy the activity up close. An excellent choice for mixed borders and rock gardens.
Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus)

Rose Mallow (Hibiscus coccineus)

Large, star shaped blooms up to 6″ (15cm) across are sure to play a leading role in the summer garden. Where marginally hardy, the top may die back to ground level in winter then regenerate new growth in spring. Ideal for borders, hedges or as a specimen plant.
Bergamot, Bee Balm (Monarda hybrid)

Bergamot, Bee Balm (Monarda hybrid)

This wonderful, all-around performer emits a delightful scent. Bee balm produces whorled clusters of tubular florets and deliciously fragrant foliage. Flowers are loved by hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Outstanding for planting near walkways, decks and patios where scent can be enjoyed. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens.
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

This old-fashioned favorite adds nostalgic charm to the garden! Produces tall, stately spikes of ruffled, ball-shaped flowers. Adds a touch of class to any garden planting. A perfect background plant for beds and borders or for planting along fences and walls. A terrific choice for butterfly gardens.
Garden Peony, Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

Garden Peony, Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora)

Large, lush blooms bring grace, beauty and often fragrance to the late spring and early summer garden. Varieties are available that offer single, semi-double or double blooms in a range of shades. Excellent for planting along a fence, wall, foundation, or in a mixed flower border. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Maltese Cross, Red Campion (Lychnis x haageana)

Maltese Cross, Red Campion (Lychnis x haageana)

A pleasing combination of subtly textured leaves and boldly bright, notch-petaled blooms. Best with afternoon shade in hotter zones, but thrives in full sun elsewhere. Excellent choice for adding strong color to the mid-to-late summer garden. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Combines beautifully with small ornamental grasses. Best planted in groups for maximum color impact.
Painted Daisy, Pyrethrum (Tanacetum coccineum)

Painted Daisy, Pyrethrum (Tanacetum coccineum)

Dark green, feathery, aromatic foliage provides wonderful texture. Cheerfully colored daisy blooms, with sunny yellow centers, complete the picture. Removing spent blooms will assure the most continuous flowering. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Perfect for growing in large containers.
Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)

Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)

Huge, silky flowers on long stems are sure to attract attention. Bristly, fern-like foliage and unopened buds are interesting on their own. Dependable color and texture looks great all season. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Wonderful for rock gardens and containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.

Medium Height Perennial Red Flowers 

Medium-height perennial flowers are the perfect filler between taller perennials or shrubs and lower, edging plants. They can also be planted in a row along a wall or fence to create a dense flow of color in an otherwise barren setting. Medium-sized perennials are useful for foundation plantings where you don’t want the view of your home overwhelmed with plantings.

Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage (Salvia greggii)

Autumn Sage, Cherry Sage (Salvia greggii)

Nice shrub-like plant for difficult hot and dry locations. Foliage forms a dense bush sprinkled with bright tubular flowers. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant! Prune freely to maintain size and encourage fresh blooming. Wonderful for mixed borders, rock gardens, and containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Avens ‘Flames of Passion’ (Geum rivale)

Avens ‘Flames of Passion’ (Geum rivale)

Brilliant red flowers are held on wiry stems above deep green leaves. Adds a touch of class to any garden planting. A unique selection is sure to attract attention! Ideal for specimen, foundations, and mass plantings. Makes a good small scale groundcover. Perfectly suited to informal, naturalized settings.
Geum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ (Geum chiloense)

Geum ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ (Geum chiloense)

A durable, old-fashioned favorite. Scarlet-red, rose-shaped blooms are held on strong, wiry stems. Pleasantly textured foliage is attractive both in and out of flower. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Scarlet Larkspur ‘Redcap’ (Delphinium nudicaule)

Scarlet Larkspur ‘Redcap’ (Delphinium nudicaule)

A vibrant, compact delphinium perfect for the foreground of the garden or growing in containers. The spikes of bright red blooms are great for creating contrast among other garden flowers. Sure to attract hummingbirds! Ideal choice for flower borders or cutting gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)

A fun plant for brightening up dull, shady situations. This North American native is found growing in moist wooded locations, ravines and along stream banks. Produces unique red and yellow tubular flowers with petals that flare into a perfect five-point star. Hummingbirds love this plant so situate it where these winged visitors can be viewed and enjoyed. Especially nice in woodland gardens and shady borders.
Blanket Flower ‘Sunrita™’ (Gaillardia aristata)

Blanket Flower ‘Sunrita™’ (Gaillardia aristata)

‘Sunrita’ blanket flower is a first-year flowering selection. This compact, mounding plant requires little attention. Provides an elegant display of brightly colored blooms in summer. Native to much of North America, the aristata species is a tough choice that thrives even in poor, sandy soils. An ideal choice for borders, rock gardens and cutting gardens.
Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria)

Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria)

Anemone varieties can be found offering delicate, poppy-like blooms in single, semi-double and double forms. An excellent choice for sunny areas that tend to be dry once spring rains have ended, as would be the case in their native Mediterranean habitat. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. A popular choice for mixing with spring bulbs.
Kaffir Lily, River Lily, Crimson Flag (Schizostylis coccinea)

Kaffir Lily, River Lily, Crimson Flag (Schizostylis coccinea)

Gladiolus-like flowers stalks lined with simple cup to star shaped blooms brighten the autumn landscape. Sword like foliage creates a lovely setting for these blooms and those of earlier flowering garden companions. Especially nice in waterside gardens.
Astilbe Hybrids (Astilbe hybrid)

Astilbe Hybrids (Astilbe hybrid)

The soft, feathery flower plumes and finely cut foliage of astilbe are perfect for bringing color, light and texture to shadier gardens. Leave dried flowers untrimmed at season’s end to provide winter interest in the garden. Looks great in woodland settings. Ideal for mixed borders, foundations, and mass plantings. Especially nice in waterside gardens.
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)

Sweet William is a showy, old-fashioned perennial with bright flower clusters. The blooms emit a spicy-sweet fragrance. Without question, one of the most satisfying perennials in the garden! Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Perfect for all kinds of containers.
Columbine (Aquilegia hybrid)

Columbine (Aquilegia hybrid)

A classic garden favorite valued for its handsome foliage and charming blooms. Neat, compact plants are topped with elegant, large flowers. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden! Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Especially nice in woodland gardens. Plant in groups for maximum color impact.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Yarrow brings soft texture and long lasting color to the perennial garden with a minimal care. The Achillea millefolium species includes many of the deep red, pink, and orange hued varieties. Regardless of color they all attract butterflies and admiring eyes. An ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens.

Short Perennial Red Flowers

Short flowering perennials bring color and interest along the edges of a large flower border. Use short perennial red flowers as an edging plant along pavement or gravel paths, walkways, or a patio. Many are appropriate for use in containers, either solo or mixed with other plants.

Bleeding Heart ‘Burning Hearts’ (Dicentra hybrid)

Bleeding Heart ‘Burning Hearts’ (Dicentra hybrid)

‘Burning Heart’ bleeding heart produces a long-season display of red heart-shaped blooms with white tips. Bleeding hearts are a classic garden favorite that brings a nostalgic charm to the garden! The perfect choice for brightening lifeless shaded areas. Beautiful in shady borders and woodland gardens. Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Combines well with hosta and ferns in woodland gardens.
Creeping Stonecrop, Two Row Stonecrop ‘Red Carpet’ (Sedum spurium)

Creeping Stonecrop, Two Row Stonecrop ‘Red Carpet’ (Sedum spurium)

A carpet of purple-red, succulent leaves is topped with bright red flowers. The blooms attract butterflies and other beneficial pollinating insects to the garden. One of the least demanding, most satisfying perennials in the garden. Sedum are classic plants for rock gardens! Looks great filling in between rocks, pavers, and spilling over container edges. A good groundcover for sloped areas to prevent soil erosion.
Coral Bells, Coral Flower (Heuchera sanguinea)

Coral Bells, Coral Flower (Heuchera sanguinea)

Coral bells are one of the best perennials for long-lasting interest. Dainty pinkish-red flowers rise above an attractive mound of neat foliage. The flowers are loved by hummingbirds! Makes a dependable mixed border plant. Looks great in woodland settings. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Excellent cut flowers.
Sun Rose (Helianthemum hybrid)

Sun Rose (Helianthemum hybrid)

Helianthemum provides an abundance of simple blooms on shrubby mounds of fine-leafed foliage. Where hardy, they are semi-evergreen to evergreen. Wonderful for bringing color and fine texture to hot, dry planting locations. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Tumbles beautifully over rocks, slopes, and banks. Looks great spilling over container edges.
Pasque Flower, Dane’s Blood (Pulsatilla vulgaris)

Pasque Flower, Dane’s Blood (Pulsatilla vulgaris)

Large, spring time blooms float above soft, finely divided foliage. Perfect for planting amongst taller and later blooming perennials. Pulsatilla do not like to have their roots disturbed after planting, but are otherwise easy to grow. Reliable plants for rock gardens, alpine troughs, patio containers, and border edges. Especially nice for mixing with spring bulbs.
English Daisy (Bellis perennis)

English Daisy (Bellis perennis)

These cool season bloomers provide a long lasting display of cheerful, pom-pom shaped flowers. Plant English daisies with spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils, tulips, and hyacinth for a spectacular spring display. Also combines well with cool-season annuals like stock, English primrose, and pansies. Perfectly sized for rock gardens, border fronts, or pots.

Tall Annual Red Flowers  

Tall annual flowers are a great way to bring consistent color to a perennial flower garden. As the perennial plants go in and out of bloom, annuals continue to fill the space with color. Tall annual red flowers are perfect for creating a central focal point for a mixed planter or add height and dimension to large or small garden spaces.

Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis)

Castor Oil Plant (Ricinus communis)

The castor plant has been cultivated since ancient times for its oil that is prized for an array practical and medicinal uses. Care must be taken with this plant. All the plant parts are toxic and can cause irritation and even death if the poisonous seeds are ingested. Take care to keep the seed capsules and beans out of the reach of children and pets. Castor grows into a large shrub in its native regions of Africa and Asia. It’s good for larger patio containers, planted along a foundation, or a focal point in an open area.
Tall Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

Tall Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)

A must-have for gardeners who enjoy creating their own cut flower arrangements. The long-lasting blooms add great height, texture and fragrance to mixed arrangements. In the garden they make a great background plant. Also effective planted in small groups to create dramatic focal points throughout the landscape. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Suitable for container plantings but may require staking.
Dwarf Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

Dwarf Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

This enchanting little sweet pea is a perfect choice for planting in masses without any support. A heavy bloomer of fragrant, colorful flowers can also be an excellent choice to plant in containers, baskets, and window boxes. The long lasting blooms are the perfect addition to your summer bouquets! Beautiful in a mixed garden border or cutting garden. A reliable groundcover for any location.
Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)

Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)

The perfect choice for seemingly hopeless hot, dry locations with poor soil. Brilliant flower spikes brighten up the scene and things will really liven up when the butterflies and hummingbirds arrive seeking the nectar from the tubular flowers. Put a few in patio planters to enjoy the activity up close. An excellent choice for mixed borders and rock gardens.
Firecracker Plant, Coral Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)

Firecracker Plant, Coral Plant (Russelia equisetiformis)

An explosion of color! Cascades of tubular flowers in hot colors are a vibrant focal point of the garden. This tropical plant is a magnet for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds seeking nectar. Native to Mexico, it grows well in hot climates. Wonderful for mixed borders and containers. Tumbles beautifully over rocks, slopes, and banks. Especially nice in waterside gardens. Plant in groups for maximum color impact.
Canna Lily (Canna x generalis)

Canna Lily (Canna x generalis)

Choose canna lilies to add an instant tropical feel to the landscape. Incredibly striking when planted in groups of several plants or even a large mass in open areas. Cannas are perennial in warm climates, but the tubers cans be dug up in the fall and stored for the winter in cold areas. Simply replant the roots in the spring when all danger of frost is past. Great for larger patio containers and nice in any mixed border. The tall varieties can be planted closely to create a privacy screen.
Flowering Maple, Indian Mallow, Parlor Maple (Abutilon hybrid)

Flowering Maple, Indian Mallow, Parlor Maple (Abutilon hybrid)

Flowering maple is not a true maple but the foliage is so similar to the leaves of maple trees that it could easily pass for a miniature version. Varieties are available with striking variegated foliage and all provide a steady display of vibrant blooms all season long. Can be grown outdoors in a container or in the garden through the summer, as well as indoors year-round. The perfect choice for beds and borders.
Salvia, Tropical Sage (Salvia splendens)

Salvia, Tropical Sage (Salvia splendens)

A perennial in its native Brazil, the splendens species of Salvia is used as an easy care annual elsewhere. An abundance of small blooms cluster along upright stems for maximum color and texture. Varieties with blooms from bright red to pastel shades are available, with the lighter colors doing best if given protection from hot afternoon sun. Wonderful for mixed borders and rock gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets. Plant in drifts or bands for best effect.
Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

Common Zinnia (Zinnia elegans)

A favorite of gardeners and butterflies alike, Zinnias bring long-lasting, bright color and rich texture to any planting. Removal of spent blooms will assure the most prolific and ongoing floral display. Use in beds, borders, containers and window boxes. Provides long lasting cut flowers.

Medium Height Annual Red Flowers

Medium-height annual flowers are popular for using as a filler in a mixed flower garden, hanging basket, combination planters or grown solo in a decorative pot.

Mimulus, Monkey Flower (Mimulus hybrid)

Mimulus, Monkey Flower (Mimulus hybrid)

A fun, colorful addition to the garden or grown in patio planters. This plant gets its common name from the flower buds that, with a bit of imagination, resemble the face of a monkey. The large tubular flowers create great color impact and are welcome sight to hummingbirds. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Brazilian Petunia (Ruellia elegans)

Brazilian Petunia (Ruellia elegans)

A must-have for anyone interested in enticing hummingbirds to the garden. The red tubular flowers are produced all summer long and are a magnet for birds and butterflies. The deeply textured foliage adds interest to borders or container plantings. This is a rugged little plant that holds up well under hot, humid conditions.
Angel Wing Begonia ‘Dragon Wing®’ (Begonia coccinea)

Angel Wing Begonia ‘Dragon Wing®’ (Begonia coccinea)

Large, wing-shaped leaves are the source of this plant’s unusual name. The plant produces a lush, tropical-feeling in the landscape with glossy green foliage contrasted by brilliant, shimmering flower clusters. Displays exceptional heat tolerance for a begonia. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)

Red Hot Cat’s Tail, Chenille Plant (Acalypha hispida)

Unmatched for adding elegance to the garden. Graceful clusters of vibrant pink, cat-tail-like flowers drape the plant like decorative tassels. Under ideal conditions flowers can grow up to 18” (46cm) long. A fast grower that quickly makes a grand statement in the landscape. In warm climates plant can become shrub size, so allow some space. An excellent choice for a container on the patio or deck. Can also be grown indoors in a sunny location.
Nicotiana (Nicotiana )

Nicotiana (Nicotiana )

The blooms of Nicotiana are tiny trumpets of color, some with the added delight of sweet fragrance. A majority of the popular varieties are grown as annuals, but perennial and shrub forms are available for tropical climates. Combine Nicotiana with broad leaved and trailing plants for a well-balanced display. A perfect choice for beds and borders. Looks great in rock gardens and can be grown in containers. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Dahlia (Dahlia hybrid)

Dahlia (Dahlia hybrid)

Native to the mountains of Central America, Dahlias are a garden favorite throughout the world. The huge selection of varieties provides for a multitude of flower forms and colors to choose from. Dahlia tubers can be dug and stored for reuse, but careful attention to timing, moisture and potential fungal infection is needed. Ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Petunia (Petunia hybrid)

Petunia (Petunia hybrid)

Petunias are a classic choice among annuals for their bold, trumpet blooms in a range of single-hued, striped and white-rimmed colors. Plant them en masse for a dramatic burst of color or mix into combinations needing a bit of brightness. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes.
Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)

Zonal Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum)

A classic choice for summer annual containers and window boxes, though the plants are evergreen perennials where hardy. The zonal part of their name comes from a zone or band of darker color near the perimeter of each leaf. Bright bloom clusters provide color all season. Geraniums can be grown in beds, borders, baskets, mixed containers and window boxes.

Short Annual Red Flowers 

Short flowering annuals can be used to create a colorful edging for a large border planting, along a garden path, or to add color and definition to a paved walkway. They’re great for mixed flowering containers, individual pots, or in a vertical wall planter. Plant a few red flowering annuals in your vegetable garden to add beauty and entice even more pollinators to your vegetable flowers.

Petchoa (Petunia x Calibrachoa hybrid)

Petchoa (Petunia x Calibrachoa hybrid)

Petchoa is a genetic cross between petunias and calibrachoas. They tolerate a wide range of temperatures and will bloom non-stop through the heat of summer right up to frost.
Dwarf Cockscomb, Crested Celosia (Celosia cristata)

Dwarf Cockscomb, Crested Celosia (Celosia cristata)

Cockscomb gets a lot of attention for its unique flowers that resemble the comb on the head of a rooster, otherwise known as a “cock”. The dwarf version has a compact habit perfect for garden beds or containers. Like all celosia, the flowers are available in a range of vibrant colors and a single bloom can last up to eight weeks. The dwarf habit is a good size for window boxes. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh or dried arrangements.
Upright Verbena (Verbena hybrid)

Upright Verbena (Verbena hybrid)

Vigorous, spreading plant forms a carpet of attractive, softly textured foliage. Verbenas produce large clusters of intensely colored blooms all summer long. A surprisingly rugged plant despite its delicate appearance; able to withstand heat, humidity, and light frosts. A great choice for hot, sunny locations. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Dwarf Celosia (Celosia plumosa)

Dwarf Celosia (Celosia plumosa)

A charming, compact version of larger varieties but with the same brilliant color range that makes celosia stand out among other garden flowers. The fluffy flower plumes can last as long as eight weeks making them a great choice for providing continuous color for containers or in the garden bed. Use in beds, borders, baskets, containers and window boxes. Excellent cut flowers for fresh or dried arrangements.
Tuberous Begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida)

Tuberous Begonia (Begonia x tuberhybrida)

Tuberous begonias are available in upright growing and pendulous varieties in a wide range of flower forms and colors. The bloom types also vary from single to double and tiny to large, but all are complimented by attractively asymmetrical foliage. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia (Nemesia hybrid)

Nemesia bring color and a light, airiness to the garden or patio with their dainty blooms and leaves floating about on slender stems. These loose, open plants are softening companions to those with more broad, stiff or upright foliage. Generous watering during hot spells is the key to continuous blooms. The perfect choice for beds and borders. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes. Wonderful for combination plantings.
Dianthus, China Pink, Indian Pink (Dianthus chinensis)

Dianthus, China Pink, Indian Pink (Dianthus chinensis)

Commonly called China pink or Indian pink, this species of Dianthus produces fringe-petaled blooms with little to no scent. These Chinese natives are technically short-lived perennials, but are generally grown as annuals. Dianthus are an ideal choice for beds, borders, and cutting gardens. Perfect for all kinds of containers. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)

Wax Begonia (Begonia semperflorens)

A tried and true garden favorite! Wax Begonia’s beauty and reliable performance make them a “must-have” for most gardeners. Begonias adapt to a wide range of conditions and can be grown in the garden, patio containers, or even indoors if given a bright location. With green and burgundy-red leaf forms available and a many flower-color options, the creative possibilities are huge.
Portulaca, Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

Portulaca, Moss Rose (Portulaca grandiflora)

The colorful blooms of a portulaca plant open when the sun shines bright and close at night or during periods of heavy cloud cover. The stems of succulent-like foliage may be upright or spreading, and the blooms single or double, depending on the variety. Portulaca offers carefree color for poor soil and hot, dry situations. Perfectly sized for rock gardens and border fronts. Superb for baskets, containers and window boxes either alone or used in combination with other plants.

Climbing Vines with Red Flowers 

Climbing vines with red flowers are an easy way to “drape” brilliant color along a fence, privacy trellis, or trained to a wall. Climbing plants can also be grown in a large pot with a cage or trellis for support to grow on a deck or patio. Use climbing vines on a privacy trellis to add color and an extra layer of screening and noise control.

Passion Flower ‘Lady Margaret’ (Passiflora hybrid)

Passion Flower ‘Lady Margaret’ (Passiflora hybrid)

The same exotic blooms typical of passion flowers but in a vibrant shade of deep-red. Distinctive three-lobed foliage makes a gorgeous display all on its own. The flowers are followed by egg-shaped, green fruit. The plant climbs by attaching tendrils and spreads rapidly once established. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises. Can be grown in a pot with a trellis.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

Old fashioned Sweet Pea is intoxicatingly charming with its proliferation of perfumed blooms. It will quickly scramble to the top of a fence or trellis to put on a lush display right into autumn. For a truly cottage look let it ramble amongst your roses. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises. A reliable groundcover for any location. Cut flowers are long-lasting in fresh bouquets.
Dipladenia, Mandevilla (Dipladenia splendens)

Dipladenia, Mandevilla (Dipladenia splendens)

Incredibly showy and easy to grow vine with large, trumpet-shaped blooms creates a splendid centerpiece on a trellis in the garden or in a patio container. Produces an abundance of blooms all season long sure to draw butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Beautiful trained to fences, posts, latticework and trellises. Nice for larger patio containers. Great for privacy screening on decks or blocking unsightly views.

More Ways to Use Red Flowers

Red is a versatile flower color. Use it in combination with white or lavender flowers for a softer, low-key look. The complementary color to red is green, so for a truly electrifying combination plant red-flowering plants with foliage plants that produce lime-green leaves such as some varieties of sweet potato vine, creeping Jenny, or coleus.

Red impatiens and white petunias planted among a variety of colorful foliage plants-coleus, Ipomoea, and dusty Miller are a good example of using red flowers for contrast.

Planting red flowers with other warm tones, such as orange and yellow, results in one of the most vibrant flower color combinations. Bright, warm colors work especially well for small plantings, such as a planter, window, or balcony box that you want to really stand out. Whatever your design scheme or mood, there’s a red flower to suit your needs.

An unconventional way to incorporate red in your landscape is to plant vegetables with red fruits in among your flowering plants. Combining flowering plants and vegetables is a great way to optimize the use of your garden space with beauty and the bonus of harvesting food for your table! Swiss chard, red peppers, tomatoes, and strawberries are all options for adding a touch of red to a sunny planting space. To learn more about growing edibles and ornamental plants together see our article on Edible Landscaping.

Close up of a potted red chili pepper with lots of ripe red peppers.

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Do you walk into a garden center and think, "Where do I even start?" We know the feeling, so we have put together our pro-tips on choosing the best annuals to make your experience enjoyable!
54 Plants with True Blue Flowers

54 Plants with True Blue Flowers

Blue flowers are a rare addition to your garden color palette. Discover plants with blue flowers that you can use to bring the soothing qualities of blue into your landscape and containers.
What is a Permaculture Garden?

What is a Permaculture Garden?

Learn the basic principles of permaculture and how to implement them to create your own naturally self-sustaining permaculture garden.

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