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The Best Red Plants and Flowers to Add to Your Garden

Red plants make for a great, eye-catching addition to flower garden, hanging baskets, as houseplants, containers as thrillers and spillers, or as a ground covers like Red creeping thyme

Field of red flowers with a beautiful sunset in the background.

The Best Red Plants and Flowers to Add to Your Garden

Red flowers add a dramatic flare to any garden. Red colors are the boldest hue on the color wheel and will always be a centerpiece of any exterior or interior landscape. Red plants and flowers are a great way to attract pollinators, especially hummingbirds who have attuned sight to bright and bold colors. Red plants make for a great, eye-catching addition to flower gardens, hanging baskets, houseplants, containers as thrillers and spillers, or as ground covers like Red creeping thyme
There’s a variety of plants and flowers that produce not only red, deep red, or maroon flowers contrasted against green foliage and green leaves but also red foliage.
Below, we’ll cover a few popular red plants that will spruce up any space - indoors or outdoors.

Hibiscus Trees and Shrubs

Hibiscus is one of the most dramatic and beautiful plants to add to your garden. Their blooms come in many colors from yellow to maroon to pink and deep red. They thrive best in full sun and warm climates.
Some of our favorite Hibiscus varieties include ones from JBerry Nursery here: Midnight Marvel Hibiscus. They grow best in USDA hardiness zones 4, 5, 6, 7,8, and 9.
You can read more on how to care for Hibiscus Trees here.

Echinacea - Coneflower

Echinacea plants are also commonly known as Coneflower and are fairly low-maintenance plants. Most folks are familiar with the purple coneflower, but these popular perennials come in many striking colors, as well as a vibrant red-orange selection like the Proven Winners Colored Coded ‘Frankly Scarlet’ coneflower.

Crape Myrtle

Crape Myrtles make for wonderful additions to outdoor gardens and landscapes. They cover a variety of colors and foliage - from dark green and even to black foliage from JBerry Nursery. They can come in bushy and dwarf varieties that make them great additions for tight spaces or as hedges. You can read more on how to care for Crape Myrtles in our in-depth guide.

Dipladenia and Mandevilla

Dipladenias are a close cousin of the Mandevilla vine. Dipladenias carry exotic trumpet-shaped flowers that also come in dark red to red hot shades. Dipladenias make a great option for hanging baskets and containers. Mandevilla, on the other hand, makes a great option to train up a trellis and fence. They grow best in USDA zones 10 and 11 - more warmer and temperate climates. You can learn more about Dipladenias and Mandevilla through our care guides.

Marigolds

Flowering plants like Marigolds are a great option for gardens because they have insect and pest repelling properties. If you’re growing tomatoes (hey look red!), Marigolds make for great companion plants because they have pest repelling properties. Although Marigolds are more commonly known to produce yellow flowers, here are our few favorite red floweringmarigolds: Colossus Marigold, Tigers Eye Marigold, Cherry Red French Marigold

Christmas Cactus and Succulents

Sedums and succulents come in all shapes and sizes. Not only can their foliage be green but multi colored from shades of deep red, maroon to orange to green, but a lot of succulents will produce pink flowers to red colored blooms.
For example, the Christmas Cactus or the Prickly Pear Cactus produce bright red to pink blooms and fruits. Succulents are a great option for beginners that want the bright red blooms without the difficulty of care.
Succulents require full sun and well-drained soil to thrive and bloom appropriately during their growing seasons which can vary from spring to early summer to fall. Succulents are also great option for hot and dry regions since they are drought tolerant and store water within their body.

Peony

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Image Source:Red Peony flowers offer a fragrant option for those that want to add a red accent to their garden while deterring deer and rabbits.
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Peonies are a great option for any garden as they offer fluffy and fragrant blooms in a variety of colors from pink to yellow to hot red. Growing in a bush-like habit, peonies are hardy as low as Zone 2 all the way up to Zone 8 depending on the variety.
They prefer to grow best in full sun, but tree peony varieties prefer partial shade to escape from direct heat. Most Peonies will bloom in late Spring to early summer.
These flowers are fairly low maintenance, but at times can be attacked by Japanese beetles, blight, and powdery mildew which is why proper air circulation and planting space is critical if you’re looking to add Peonies to your space. As a bonus, they are also deer and rabbit-resistant!

Yarrow

Yarrow is a herbaceous flowering perennial plant that’s perfect for a flower bed or an herb garden. They’re also very low-maintenance plants. Similar to peonies, Yarrow prefers to grow in full sun.
They are forgiving when it comes to their soil conditions but thrive best in well-drained soils. Once planted, they don’t need much care except a trim or a prune if they are starting to overgrow. Similar to peonies, Yarrow is susceptible to botrytis blight and powdery mildew which can be treated with a fungicide.

Salvia or Sage

Salvia is commonly known as Sage. Garden sage or Salvia officianlis is a type of salvia that’s typically used as a kitchen herb. Salvia is a great option if you’d like to attract pollinators into your garden. Both hummingbirds and butterflies surely enjoy the tubular and colorful flowers that Salvia produces. Similar to Peonies, due to their pungent odor, their leaves deter garden pests and are unattractive to deer and rabbits.

Dianthus

Dianthus is most commonly known as Sweet William and produces blooms that have cinnamon and clove undertones. The flowers tend to be smaller than some other varieties like Canna Lilies, Azaleas, and Peonies.
They bloom in a variety of colors from pink to salmon to red and white. Dianthus prefers to grow in well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun to partial shade areas. Keep in mind that some varieties of Dianthus as self-sowing meaning deadheading blooms will be an important part of the upkeep of this red plant variety.

Red Roses

A close up shot of a red rose bloom with other red roses in the background.
Image Source:Red Roses create for a wonderful centerpiece of any garden and can come in so many varieties appropriate for beginners to experts.

Roses are a classic addition to any garden - grown since the earliest times by the royals in their gardens. Roses also come in a variety of colors from yellow flowers to deep red to bright red blooms.
There are different varieties of roses depending on what you’re looking for - you can select from container roses to bare-root roses to disease-resistant varieties of roses. For beginners, we recommend container roses and disease-resistant roses so you don’t have to deal with pesky pests like aphids that love to invade roses year round.
Similar to other perennial plants, roses prefer six to eight hours of daily sunlight and are planted in well-drained, organic-rich soil. If you live in a hot climate, we recommend planting red roses in partial shade to give them respite from the heat.

Bee Balm

Bee Balms are a great option for flower beds and herb gardens, like Salvia. They are a favorite of hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. The best time to plant Bee Balm is in Spring after last frost or in fall.
You’ll want to space them a foot and a half to two feet apart to allow for proper circulation and prevent diseases like powdery mildew. They are fairly drought tolerant plants, but prefer to be grown in soil rich with organic matter such as compost.
As an added bonus, Bee Balm flowers can be used as a garnish on salads and desserts.

Adding Red Plants To Your Garden

Perennial plants like Geraniums, Rhododendrons, Dahlias, Mums, Daylilies, Azaleas, Chrysanthemums, Canna Lilies, Cardinal Flowers, Monarda, Tulips, and Begonias are other great options if you’re looking for red flowers. Many of these will bloom starting early spring all the way to late summer.
No matter your needs, if you’re looking for red plants to add to your garden or indoor space, our team of plant experts at Neverland is here to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] and we’ll help make your red flower dreams come true.
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