Red flowers in the garden are unique in every way. There are red flowers with wonderful eye-catching blooms that are as red as the scarlet feathers of a male cardinal. Red flowers such as these will turn heads and make your flower garden a showstopping masterpiece. If you want a red wave of color gracing your flower garden, consider the following beautiful red flowers.
Red flowers are the color of blood and elicits all sorts of emotions including lust, passion, anger and even violence. Color therapists agree that some people experience a physical reaction to hot colors. Red in the garden often says something about the gardener too. She/he is vibrant, out-going, passionate and spirited.
Red flowers add drama and certainly have their place, but there also needs to be a place for the eyes to rest. If the gardener wants other flowering plants beside those red plants, she might consider soft-blues and creamy-whites. These plants will soften the reds, toning down the visual effect. There are some of the most beautiful red flowers for amazing garden:
Petunias. Petunias are attractive annuals that produce fragrant, trumpet-shaped blooms from spring through fall. Depending on personal preference, grow red petunias in isolation for a uniform bed or in combination with other colors for added variety. Care for your red bedding or potted petunias so they continue to liven up the landscape for many months. Plant red petunias in a spot with well-draining soil and five to six hours of sunlight exposure. Enrich the soil with organic soil matter such as compost or peat moss beforehand. If container-growing petunias, fill a pot with organic potting soil and place or hang in a spot with full sun and good air circulation.
Pansies. Popular bedding plants, pansies provide nectar for early and late-season butterflies, and their blooms are often cut for flower arrangements or dried for crafts. Gardeners value pansies for their ease of care, tolerance to the cold and showy flowers that appear in single or multiple shades. Create a whole annual garden with pansies or mix in some other annuals. In a garden devoted to annuals, you can have a whole season of riotous color. Plant pansies as an edging to form a border. Planting annuals as a border will create a defining line between the rest of the garden and another area. It will be most effective if you stick to using the same plant variety and color for the whole edging.
Russian Princess Lobelia. The dark bronze foliage is the perfect backdrop for the luminous crimson flowers that adorn this gem in late summer. Butterflies and hummingbirds can’t stay away from these large, pinkish-red blossoms. The blooms are numerous on this showy plant, and it is covered with beautiful red flowers from about the middle of summer to early autumn. When autumn arrives, the deep green foliage boasts tinges of red, and stems become brilliantly bronze as if tanned by the warmth of the sun.
‘Don Juan’ climbing rose. The beautiful dark red big size blooms make the Don Juan rose the most popularly used climbing rose in the United States. The deep red color and the feel of the petals symbolize love and warmth. Its known to have a deep citrus fragrance. This rose has a double cup shape blooms and due to its big size it mostly blossoms single however they can show blooms in clusters with maximum of three roses together. The flowers appear on long canes and a freshly cut flower from a long stem looks gorgeous. These roses are a very good climber. It can be used to decorate a garden gate, trellis, an arch, or they look especially nice on an arbor. The awesome deep red color and the lively citrus strong fragrance will add new shine to your garden and house.
The Red Spider Lily. The red spider lily can be planted late-spring through fall, sending up winter foliage that dies back into dormancy during the summer, until your breath is taken away with its sudden fall blooms. Red Spider Lily foliage needs at least a half-day of full winter sun to thrive. These red spider lily bulbs are triploid, hard-working mules! Some say that the flowers bloom two weeks after the first good fall rain. If there is no rain during the month of September, the bulbs have been known to not bloom altogether. The red spider lily foliage follows the flower, staying green well through the winter and into late spring.
Hibiscus. Red hibiscus is believed to be first, most ancestral of all hibiscuses. That single red bloom has emerged in modern times as common garden hibiscus displaying many different shades of reds such as the Robert Fleming or Lord Baltimore hibiscus. The red hibiscus flower can be found on hardy hibiscus plants or on the tropical hibiscus. So, no matter where you live, you can enjoy the red colors of so many hibiscus varieties.
Azalea. Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees. Because evergreen azaleas hold their leaves year-round, they make great backdrop plants for seasonal flower beds. Azaleas are a classic Southern plant, both for the structure they provide year-round and for the magnificent floral displays they produce. Few other flowering shrubs put on such a spectacular show—some azaleas produce so many flowers at once that you can hardly see the leaves!
You can create your red flowers garden with luxuriant phlox, hanging baskets full of red pelargoniums, burgundy gaillardia, poppies, Crocosmia Twilight Fairy ‘Crimson’, zinnias, tulips, verbenas etc. Gardeners who love red and want red flowers in their gardens, might consider touches of red here and there, rather than massive displays of various red-flowering or hot plants all grouped together. A color expert will argue that the garden designer should plant those red or orange plants beside plants with colors on the opposite side of the color wheel. Gardeners can tone down the fiery display by adding plants with interest only in their fauna. Silver or sage-leafed plants work best.
phlox (left), helenium (right)
burgundy gaillardia (left), pelargonium (right)