32 Red Flowers & Plants for a Radiant Garden
The search for the elusive true red flower is over! We know the color red is widely interpreted to mean everything from dark pink to wine purple when it comes to plants. As you plan your spring and summer containers or design your landscape, use this list as a guide to finding the perfect shade of red.
RED FLOWERING ANNUALS
This exquisite double-flowered calibrachoa will add instant elegance to your patio containers, window boxes and porch baskets. From spring into fall, deep red blossoms cover the cascading stems as it spills over the edges of your containers. Since the flowers are self-cleaning, there’s no need to take the time to remove the spent blossoms to keep it blooming all season long.
6-12” tall x 12-24” spread. Part sun to sun.
This cheerful Superbells brings life to combination containers, hanging baskets and window boxes as a filler or spiller for sunny porches and patios. Each bright red blossom is decorated with a sunny yellow star pattern. Calibrachoa grows best in containers with good drainage, so make sure there is at least one hole in the bottom of the one you use.
6-12” tall x 12'-2' spread. Part sun to sun.
An iconic annual for shade, Rockapulco impatiens produce gorgeous double flowers which resemble roses in bud and bloom. The series includes red, orange, coral, pink, lavender and white varieties, but if you’re going for true red, choose Rockapulco Red. It grows into a perfectly rounded mound that is covered in showy, self-cleaning blossoms from spring to fall. You could grow it all on its own in a decorative container or plant a whole border of them in your shaded landscape.
10-20” tall x 12-24” spread. Part shade to shade.
INFINITY® Red New Guinea Impatiens
10-14” tall x 6-12” spread. Part shade to shade.
In the world of petunias, true red can be an elusive color to find, but we’ve found one worthy of the Supertunia name. Supertunia Really Red runs toe-to-toe with all the others in this series of exceptionally high-performance petunias, producing true red flowers from spring into fall. They’re self-cleaning, so there’s no need to take the time to remove the spent blossoms to keep it blooming all season long. This is the perfect plant to include in your patriotic container plantings for summer holidays.
6-10” tall x 8-12” spread. Full sun.
You wouldn’t guess by its looks, but this fiery red phlox is an extremely heat-, humidity- and drought-resistant annual that grows best in similar conditions as succulents thanks to its southern native roots. Its mounding foliage becomes completely blanketed in glowing true red flowers starting in early spring and continues all the way through fall without deadheading. Plant it in the sunniest spot in your landscape for an extra pop of color or grow it right along with your other patio container plants. It requires far less water than many flowering annuals, so you won’t need to worry about it wilting if you go away for the weekend.
10-16” tall and wide. Full sun.
This Superbena bears some of the brightest, true red flowers you’ve ever seen. Like all our Superbena verbenas, it produces large clusters of flowers through the heat of summer without going to seed and is exceptionally resistant to powdery mildew. Try it in hanging baskets, upright containers and window boxes and enjoy its pretty blooms from spring through fall.
6-12” tall x 18"-3' spread. Part sun to sun.
This blanket flower makes a great addition to hanging baskets, containers and landscapes. It will perform best in well-drained, moist soil, but can tolerate dry conditions, even drought conditions once established. It can also tolerate poor soils, heat and humidity.
12"-2' tall x 18"-3' spread. Full sun.
Enjoy large, vibrant flowers all summer on heat- humidity- and drought-tolerant plants. Use in pots, window boxes, baskets or as a ground cover. They are tough plants that will tolerate poor soils and do not need fertilizer or deadheading to perform well.
4-8" tall x 12-16" spread. Full sun.
Canna lilies are fantastic landscape plants and lend a tropical feel to gardens in any locale. They're also great plants for use as the thriller in large combinations, or on their own in a container. Scarlet will bloom all summer, even in heat and humidity.
3-4' tall x 18"-2' spread. Part sun to sun.
RED FLOWERING PERENNIALS
RED FLOWERING SHRUBS
RED FOLIAGE PLANTS
Ideas for using red flowers and plants in your garden
Red is a great color to add spice to a garden bed or container. Here are a few ideas to get you rolling:
- To create a festive feel, pair red with orange and yellow flowers.
- Add blue and white to your favorite red plant and show your patriotism.
- Try mixing every shade of red under the sun for a colorful, but simple monochromatic look.
- Plant types that attract hummingbirds with trumpet-shaped flowers.
More red flowers to consider
The following plants also have beautiful red-flowering varieties:
- Calla lily
- African daisy
Kerry Meyer also contributed to this article.