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21 Red Perennial Flowers For Bold Garden Color

21 Red Perennial Flowers For Bold Garden Color

Red flowers in a garden is a classic and timeless look that never grows old. Fortunately, there’s a wide selection of red perennials that gardeners can select to add boldness and vivaciousness to your flowerbeds or landscapes.

There are so many different options to choose from, the hard question becomes – where do you start?

We’ve decided to make things a bit easier for you by picking out our favorite red perennials that are suitable for different levels of gardeners across a wide array of different hardiness zones. Let’s dig in and take a look at our favorites!


Three large dark red flowers with six large, long, oval shaped petals and long stamen with yellow tops.
Amaryllis are one of the few flowers that will bloom in the winter time, and can withstand the cold temperatures.
Scientific name: Amaryllis
  • Plant Size: 4-10 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late December until the end of June
  • Plant Zone: 8 to 10

The Amaryllis has beautiful bell-shaped flowers that bloom in deep red. This perennial can grow for many years, with flowers reappearing late fall and winter. They’re great for both indoor and outdoor growth. Because they bloom in the winter, they often make great holiday gifts that brighten up any gloomy winter day.

These plants thrive in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 6 to 8 and prefer direct sunlight. They don’t need a lot of water until their stems appear. Once you see the stem, you can gradually increase watering.

After the flower fades, make sure to cut off the flower from the stem. When the stem yellows, you can cut down to the top of the bulb. Cutting them will help them restore their energy.

Once the leaves also fade in autumn, cut them back and remove the bulb from the soil. Store the bulbs in a cool, dark area, such as a refrigerator. They’ll be ready for planting after six weeks of storage.


Bush with large heart shaped green leaves, with large, red waxy looking leaves mixed in. Each red heart shaped leaf has a bright yellow stamen in the center.
Anthurium will thrive best in warmer climates with bright, indirect sunlight.
Scientific name: Anthurium
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Indirect Sunlight
  • Bloom Time: Year Round
  • Plant Zone: 10

Growing Anthuriums outdoors can be a fun challenge for intermediate gardeners. They prefer warmer climates and grow best in zones 11 and 12. They require a coarse potting mix that stays relatively moist. These plants need a good balance of bright and indirect sunlight to encourage their flowers to bloom.

In the wild, Anthuriums often anchor themselves onto other plants. So, if you notice that an Anthurium starts to bend and fall over, it’ll benefit from having additional support from a stake.

Make sure to remove browning leaves and faded flowers to help this plant to bloom again. However, if you want to collect seeds, leave the flower on the stem, and seeds will eventually appear.


Ball of bright red flowers. Each flower is trumpet shaped with rippled petals and long white stamen sticking out from the centers.
The Azalea flower is very hardy and can live for many years.
Scientific name: Rhododendron
  • Plant Size: 5 feet tall and 5 feet wide
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun or Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: March to Mid May
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 9

Azaleas grow in various colors, including a vibrant red. They’re very hardy and can grow in zones 3 to 9. The flowers tend to bloom in early and late spring, so they bring in a refreshing pop of color that signifies that spring has arrived.

Once an Azalea shrub properly establishes itself, it’ll last many years. This perennial prefers acidic soil with good drainage. It doesn’t need a lot of extra watering unless it experiences a particularly dry spring.

It prefers soaking in a few hours of morning light and then spending the rest of the day in shaded areas. Too much heat and sunlight will cause the flowers to wilt very quickly.


Cluster of red flowers with small rounded petals. Each flower has a bright yellow center, surrounded by waxy green leaves.
Begonias are know to be fairly low maintenance and have a variety of colors to choose from.
Scientific name: Begonia
  • Plant Size: 8 inches-2 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade
  • Bloom Time: Early Summer until Frost
  • Plant Zone: 6 to 9

Begonias are wonderful red perennials to add to your garden because of their relatively easy care needs. This plant is happy in hanging baskets and garden beds and easily blooms in the summer. It’s essential to stay on top of deadheading and pinching so that it can grow bushy and full.

Begonias are hardy in zones 6 to 9. For any zones lower than 6, they won’t be able to survive the cold winter months. The tubers will not survive frost, so gardeners should plant them as soon as the threat of frost disappears. This perennial plant enjoys full sunlight and thrive in well-draining soil.

Bleeding Hearts

Red heart shaped flowers hanging down from a vine.
Bleeding Hearts thrive best in cooler weather and partial shade.
Scientific name: Dicentra spectabilis
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid- Late Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 9

Bleeding Hearts add a unique touch to any garden. This perennial has a string of delicate red flowers hanging along a stem. It grows best outdoors in zones 3 to 9 and blooms in early spring.

Growing Bleeding Hearts can be a bit of a challenge at first because they can be a little finicky. They prefer cooler areas with partial shade and moist soil that will need regular watering in the warmer months.

The chances of them flowering in season also increase if you use organic mulch. Mulch will help to keep the soil moist and also evenly distribute nutrients throughout the soil.

Once you get the hang of caring for them, they’ll provide many beautiful blooms throughout their lifetime.


Bright red flower with rounded flower petals packed and layered in a circular, overlapping pattern.
In the right conditions, Camellias are easy to grow and don’t require too much maintenance.
Scientific name: Camellia
  • Plant Size: 6-14 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Late fall to Mid-spring
  • Plant Zone: 7 to 9

The Camellia’s flower holds numerous delicate petals that get packed together to create robust puffs of color in a garden. These elegant and charming flowers can grow from fall to spring and even survive some winters.

This shrub is rather hardy, but it does best in zones 7 to 10 where winters are milder. They need well-draining but moist soil and thrive in partial shade. If you have a spot in your garden that can meet these conditions, Camellias will grow easily and won’t require too much maintenance.

Canna Lily

Cluster of red, delicate, floppy petals with a yellow center.
Cannas love warm climates and will need to be stored indoors in the cooler months.
Scientific name: Canna indica
  • Plant Size: 1-8 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Early to Mid Summer
  • Plant Zone: 7 to 10

Cannas grow vibrant red flowers and thrive in bog-like environments. So, they’re a cheery presence in the midst of damp and misty conditions. They also have beautiful foliage, so they’re a stunning addition to any garden.

Gardeners can plant Canna rhizomes in spring after the danger of frost. They’ll also enjoy a good amount of fertilizer in the growing season, so don’t be shy with adding nutrients to their soil.

Cannas are hardy in zones 8 to 11 and can simply stay in the ground in these warmer regions. However, if you live in a colder region, make sure to dig up the rhizomes and store them away during the winter so that you can plant them again in the spring.

Cardinal Flower

Three bright red flower clusters with four long oval shaped petals, with a white center.
Cardinal Flowers are typically found in swampy areas.
Scientific name: Lobelia cardinalis
  • Plant Size: 2-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun, Partial sun
  • Bloom Time: July to September
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 9

You can usually find Cardinal Flowers in moist and swampy conditions, so they’re great for gardens that naturally have damp soil. The plant has beautiful deep green foliage and a cluster of bright red flowers that make a strong statement.

Although this plant doesn’t live longer than a couple of years, they’re very good at reseeding, so you’ll consistently have a group of plants in your garden. They grow well in zones 3 to 9, and moist soil is a must for these plants. They enjoy full and partial sunlight, and will flower from summer to fall if kept in the right conditions.


Large red, cone shaped flower with a ruffled, textured looking top.
The Cockscomb come in a variety of different, vibrant colors to choose from.
Scientific name: Celosia argentea var. Cristata
  • Plant Size: 9-32 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer until early fall
  • Plant Zone: 9 to 10

The Cockscomb got its name due to its similar appearance to a rooster’s comb. It blooms red flowers, but can also grow in pink, orange, yellow, and white. The flowers have ruffles that add a fun and whimsical appearance to a garden.

This plant is relatively low-maintenance and does well being left alone. Just make sure to deadhead the wilted flowers so that it can continue to bloom throughout the growing season.

Cockscomb grows well in zones 9 to 11 and needs moist and well-draining soil. They can grow in full and partial sunlight, but they prefer getting about eight hours of sunlight every day.


White flower with four, delicate petals in the center, surrounded by five, red, pointed flower petals layered behind it. Each flower has a cluster of yellow stamen in the center.
Columbines are known to attract hummingbirds and other pollinators to gardens.
Scientific name: Aquilegia
  • Plant Size: 1-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late spring and early summer
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 8

Columbines have uniquely shaped flowers that resemble a jester’s cap. They’re a hummingbird favorite, so they can bring a lot of life and animation to a garden. These plants can bloom for about four weeks.

When the flowers fade, it’s best to leave them alone so that they can self-sow. These plants don’t live for many years, so having the seeds fall around them can help you to consistently have them in your landscaping.

Columbines are hardy in zones 3 to 8. They can grow in sandy and loamy soil, but the most important thing is to find well-draining soil that can also stay moist.


Filed of red flowers with long skinny petals surrounding a rounded, dome shaped center.
These bright red Coneflowers will attract several different kinds of pollinators to your garden.
Scientific name: Echinacea purpurea
  • Plant Size: 2-5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full to partial sun
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 8

Coneflowers grow fiery red flowers that bloom in late spring to late summer. Their vibrant color is excellent at attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so your landscape will be busy with activity during growing season.

These red perennials are hardy in zones 4 to 9, and they don’t require much care and aren’t too picky with where they’re planted. They’re healthy plants that aren’t susceptible to many diseases or pests. They’re also drought-resistant and can also grow in poor soil. Their natural hardiness makes them great perennials for beginner gardeners.


Cluster of four deep red flowers growing out of the top of one stem. Each flower has six oval shaped petals and a bright yellow center.
Freesias grow in zones 9-10 and require full sun and well-drained soil.
Scientific name: Freesia
  • Plant Size: 12-24 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial sun
  • Bloom Time: Late winter to early spring
  • Plant Zone: 9 to 10

Freesias grow cute and dainty flowers that have yellow-orange centers and bright red petals. Their stems are very thin and delicate and may not be able to support the flowers. So, if you notice Freesias leaning over too much, make sure to provide some support by planting a stake next to them.

Freesias do best in zones 9 to 10. They can grow both indoors and outdoors as long as they have full sunlight and well-draining soil. They can’t handle cold temperatures very well, but they are quite hardy against pests and bugs and can hold their own against them quite well.


Large red flower with five round, paper like petals and a tall yellow stamen growing out of the center of the flower.
These tropical beauties will require moist conditions and well drained soil.
Scientific name: Hibiscus
  • Plant Size: 3-7 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
  • Plant Zone: 5 to 8

The Hibiscus has gorgeous, broad petals with an iconic trumpet-shaped stamen that’s very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant is hardy in zones 5 to 11, and it typically blooms in the summer and fall. However, it can bloom year-round in some tropical climates.

Hibiscuses come in a hardy variety and tropical variety and the level of care will depend on the variety. In general, they thrive in bright conditions and grow best in well-draining soil. However, the hardy variety will prefer moist conditions, so they need more frequent watering.

These red perennials truly add an exotic element to a garden, and their ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds only adds to the buzz and excitement that they can bring.


Bright red flower with a dozen rounded petals layered all around it. The center of the flower is bright yellow.
These bright, cheery flowers will thrive best in full sun and are known to be drought tolerant.
Scientific name: Tagetes
  • Plant Size: 6-12 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Early summer until hard frost in late fall
  • Plant Zone: 2 to 11

Marigold flowers bestow a lot of cheer with their wavy petals and vibrant red color. They’ve become popular because they’re relatively easy to care for, so many people add them to their gardens.

These low-maintenance plants can thrive in zones 2 to 11. Once you help them get established, they don’t need much follow-up care and eventually become drought-tolerant. They do require full sunlight, and can’t grow very well in shaded areas. The stems become leggy, and they won’t be able to grow their signature robust flowers.


Large bright red cluster of tiny, star shaped flowers with white stamen in the center of each flower.
Pentas are easy to care for and will thrive best in full sun.
Scientific name: Pentas lanceolata
  • Plant Size: 18 to 36 inches
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Plant Zone: 10 to 11

The Pentas is a shrub that grows clusters of star-shaped flowers. The flowers are the perfect shape for hummingbirds and butterflies to enjoy.

Most Pentases grow in containers, but they can also grow directly on a garden bed. They’re hardy in zones 10 to 11. These plants can take a little longer to grow than other plants, but once they establish themselves, they add a beautiful splash of color to any garden.

Pentases aren’t too picky with their soil, but they do best in well-draining soil. They also enjoy a lot of bright sunlight and grow best when they receive six to eight hours of sun daily.

Scarlet Sage

Tall stem with cluster of red long, tube shaped flowers growing down the stem. Giant green leaves around it with jagged edges.
Scarlet Sage are native to Brazil and thrive best in cooler climates.
Scientific name: Salvia splendens
  • Plant Size: 2-4 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun and some shade
  • Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
  • Plant Zone: 10 to 11

This perennial grows eye-catching red flowers in long stalks and looks beautiful when planted as an edging plant. They belong in the mint family and emit a scent that many animals, including deer and rabbits, don’t enjoy.

Scarlet Sages are hardy in zones 10 to 11, and once they get established, you don’t have to worry about them too much. Just make sure to plant them in bright areas and well-draining soil.

To unleash the full potential of the Scarlet Sage, gardeners must be on top of deadheading the flowers. This will help them to bloom continuously and abundantly throughout the growing season. 


Long, tall, red, layered petals growing upward on top of a thick tall green stem.
Tulips bloom in early spring and will grow anywhere from a few inches to over two feet tall.
Scientific name: Tulipa
  • Plant Size: Height 4-36″ Width 6″
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 7

Red tulips are a classic sight to see in any garden. These popular perennials tend to be the first sign of spring as they start to grow around March, and they usher in the feeling of newness and warmer weather.

Tulips thrive in zones 3 to 8 and prefer full sun with well-draining soil. Although they’re technically perennials, many gardeners plant them as annuals. The best time to plant the bulbs is in the fall at about four to eight inches deep into the soil.

It’s essential to snip off the flower stalk once it fades to help the bulb restore some energy and bloom again.


Cluster of tiny red trumpet shaped flowers growing on the top pf a tall green stem. One black bee and one butterfly drinking nectar from one of the tiny flowers.
These flowers will not only attract lots of birds and pollinators but they will also repel deer from your garden.
Scientific name: Centranthrus ruber
  • Plant Size: 5 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full to sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Early summer
  • Plant Zone: 5 to 8

Although Valerians are commonly white or pink, red varieties do exist. They have tiny flowers that grow in bushy clusters that resemble a fox’s tail. These adorable flowers add a playful touch to landscapes.

Valerians bloom through early summer to fall and thrive in zones 5 to 8. They attract a lot of birds and butterflies, while repelling deer. They prefer areas with full sun and grow best in well-draining soil. However, they can also grow in poor soil and can become quite drought-tolerant.


Bright red flower with six rounded petals. Each petal fades into white in the center and has tiny black stamen surround a large black stigma.
The Windflower is pest and disease resistant and can bloom in the spring or the fall.
Scientific name: Anemone
  • Plant Size: 6 inches to 4 feet tall
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
  • Bloom Time: Late winter through early spring
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 10

Windflowers got their name because they look beautiful as they sway with light breezes. The flowers tend to have a bright red or red-orange color that attracts butterflies, and the plant can grow in thick bushes when pruned properly. They’re also pest-resistant and don’t tend to catch diseases.

This plant can grow in various areas and climates and do best in zones 3 to 10. They thrive in moist soil and will appreciate occasional fertilizer during the growing season. Depending on when you plant them, the flowers will bloom either in the fall or spring.


Tall long shaped, cluster of tiny red flowers growing together on a tall stem, surrounded by long bright green, pointed leaves.
These flowers are great filler plants and will re-seed on their own.
Scientific name: Celosia trigyna
  • Plant Size: 1-3 ft. tall, 2-4 ft. wide
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Spring, summer, fall
  • Plant Zone: 9 to 11

Woolflowers thrive in sunny and dry locations. You can see them growing at their best in zones 9 to 11. The flowers grow in uniquely shaped cones that often come in bunches of three, and they have a fuzzy appearance like wool.

This plant is extremely successful with re-seeding and can be difficult to contain. Therefore, they make excellent filler plants and are prefect for gardeners that enjoy having a garden with a wild look. Gardeners that prefer more order in their landscaping will do best to avoid these free-spirited perennials.


Cluster of tiny red flowers growing on the top of a tall green stem. Each flower is six tiny, rounded petals with white centers.
Yarrows are known to be invasive and will need frequent maintenance to keep them from taking over.
Scientific name: Achillea millefolium
  • Plant Size: 2-3 feet
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: Early spring to late fall
  • Plant Zone: 3 to 9

Yarrows produce the tiniest and most delicate cluster of flowers. They’re extremely hardy and can even become invasive in some gardens. So, it’s essential to be on top of their growth to ensure that they don’t invade other plants’ spaces.

This perennial thrives in zones 3 to 9. They need full sunlight and prefer to grow in well-draining soil, but they can also grow in poor-quality soil. They’re also pest-resistant and deer-resistant, so it doesn’t take much to keep them once they get established.

Wrap Up

Red Perennials can create all kinds of moods in a garden. They can make landscapes feel romantic, robust, or passionate. Red flowers are also often a symbol of love.

So, make sure to spread the love by planting a few red perennials in your garden for the next growing season. They’ll add a dynamic color to your garden, and you can even handpick a few to arrange a beautiful bouquet for all the loved ones in your life.

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