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30 Most Popular Types of Red Flowers for Your Garden (A to Z)

Collection of red flowers

Here's a beautiful list of my 30 favorite (and popular) red flowers organized in alphabetical order. All types listed that will add a nice splash of red to any garden, patio or yard.

Looking for red flowers for your garden or in your home?  We put together a stunning collection of the 30 most popular types of red flowers below.  Some are red perennials, red annuals and some are red shrubs.

We organized our list and photos in alphabetical order.  Under each listing we include key flower information such as scientific name, type of flower (perennial, annual or shrub), sun needs, water requirements, soil pH and hardiness zones where it grows.  Enjoy our incredible, blazing hot collection of beautiful red flowers.

Azaleas

Red azaleas in the garden

Scientific Name: Rhododendron

Type: Shrub

Sun: Shade tolerant (under trees)

Water Needs: Moderate – water deeply, but less frequently

Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9

Soil: pH 4.5 – 6.0

Begonias

Red Begonias

Scientific Name: Begonia obliqua

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full sunlight to partial shade, depending on the variety

Water Needs: High – water regularly and keep the soil moist

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 10

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.2

Bleeding Heart

Red bleeding heart flowers

Scientific Name: Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Sun: Partial Sun

Water Needs: High – water regularly and keep the soil moist

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: pH 6.0 – 6.5

Carnations

Red carnations in a vase

Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus

Type: Perennials

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate – water once or twice weekly

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: pH 6.7

Chrysanthemums

Red chrysanthemum flowers

Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum morifolium

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: around pH 6.5

Coneflowers

Red coneflowers in the garden

Scientific Name: Echinacea

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate – consistent watering and careful moisture management

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Soil: pH 6.0 to 7.0

Corydalis

Red cordyalis flowers in the garden

Scientific Name: Corydalis

Type: Perennial

Sun: Partial to Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate – water enough to keep soil moist

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 7

Soil: pH 7.0

Crocus

Red crocus flowers in garden

Scientific Name: Crocus sativus

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.0

Daisies

Red daisy in garden

Scientific Name: Bellis perennis

Type: Perennial, but is often treated as an annual flower

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 to 7.0

Dahlias

Red dahlias in the garden

Scientific Name: Dahlia pinnata

Type: Annuals

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low until flowers established, maintained with Moderate Watering

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11

Soil: pH 6.5 – 7.0

Geraniums

Red geraniums in the garden

Scientific Name: Pelargonium

Type: Pernnial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.5

Gladiolus

Red gladiolus flowers

Scientific Name: Gladiolus

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 7 and 8

Soil: pH 6.0 – 6.5

Hydrangeas

While most are violet and white, there are reddish pink varieties.

Red pink hydrangeas

Common Name: Hydrangea

Scientific Name: Hydrangea angustipetala

Type: Shrub

Sun: Partial shade

Water Needs: moderate moisture

Hardiness Zones: 6-10

Soil: pH 5-6

Height at Maturity: 24-36″

Hyacinths

Red hyacinths

Scientific Name: Hyacinthus

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.0 

Impatiens

Red impatiens

Scientific Name: Impatiens walleriana

Type: Annuals

Sun: Partial Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

Iris

Red Iris flower

Scientific Name: Iris croatica

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate – water thoroughly when planting

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 6.8 – 7.0

Lillies

Red lilly

Scientific Name: Lilium

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: 5.5 – 6.5

Marigolds

Red and yellow marigolds

Scientific Name: Tagetes

Type: Annual

Sun: Full Sunlight to Partial Shade

Water Needs: Low – once per week but more during warmer months

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

Morning Glory

Red morning glory

Scientific Name: Ipomoea purpurea

Type: Perennial in warmer regions

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 – 6.8

Pansies

Red pansies in the garden

Scientific Name: Viola tricolor var. hortensis

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade

Water Needs: High – Needs to be watered regularly

Hardiness Zones: 7 and higher

Soil: pH 5.4 – 5.8

Peonies

Red peonies in full bloom

Scientific Name: Paeonia

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8

Soil: pH 6.5-7.0

Periwinkle flowers

Red periwinkle flowers in the garden in full bloom

Scientific Name: Vinca

Type: Perennial

Sun: Partial Shade to Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

Petunias

Red petunias

Scientific Name: Petunia atkinsiana

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.0

Poppies

Red poppies in the field

Scientific Name: Papaver rhoeas

Type: Annual

Sun:  Full Sunlight to Partial Shade

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

Primrose

Red primrose flower

Scientific Name: Primula vulgaris

Type: Either annual or perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: High

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.5

Rhododendron

Red rhododendron flowers in the garden

Scientific Name: Rhododendron

Type: Perennial

Sun: Partial Shade

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Soil: pH 4.5-6.0

Roses

Red roses in the garden

Scientific Name: Rosa

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Soil: pH 5.5 to 7.0

Salvia

Red salvia flower in garden

Scientific Name: Salvia splendens

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 9

Soil: pH 6.0 – 6.5

Snapdragon

Red snapdragon flower in the garden

Scientific Name: Antirrhinum

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 8 or 9

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.2

Tulips

Field of red tulips

Scientific Name: Tulipa

Type: Perennial or Annual depending on the climate

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0-7.0

FAQ

What do red flowers mean?

The color red can stand for a multitude of things and is very expressive in nature. Throughout history, it has stood for a wide range of things one each end of the spectrum, from love and passion to war and anger. When it comes to flowers, it is symbolized much closer with the former.

Red flowers are commonly used represent love and compassion to the person that is receiving them. They are a deep, strong meaning that shows the person they are thought of in high regard. Commonly, red roses are a gift used to express love to a person, so it is a something that displays a sign of caring.

Which trees have red flowers?

Red flowering trees are a beautiful addition to a yard as they bring a fresh scene of color to any home. Different types of Crape Myrtles are popular due to their resilience. They are a fast growing tree that is also disease resistant and able to withstand drought conditions, making it a popular choice.

Red Dogwood Trees are also very adaptable to most soils and don’t require much maintenance. The Red Knockout Rose Tree is a favorite as it blooms for about nine months out of the year. In warmer climates, the Royal Poinciana is a favorite for areas that will receive a lot of sun. The long lasting red blossoms from the Prairifire Flowering Crabapple make this tree a popular choice for those that also enjoy the changing of the fall colors.

Which red flowers do butterflies like?

Red flowering Yarrows will attract butterflies and produce large clusters of flowers. Chocolate Cosmos produce a dark red/maroon flower attractive to the butterfly that also produce a chocolate-like scent.

The Cardinal Flower is a favorite among butterfly gardens due to their interesting flowering style. Craving warmer areas, the Bottlebrush plant produces a vibrant red flower that is popular among butterflies and other insects. Another great addition to the butterfly garden are the Tall Red Pentas.

Do any cacti or succulents have red flowers? If so, what are they?

Aside from flowers and trees, cacti and succulents can produce red flowers as well. Some common cacti in this category are the Prickly Pear, the Christmas Cactus, and the Claret Cup Cactus. Succulents are common in the home due to their ease of care. Some common red flowering succulents are the Flaming Katy Kalanchoe, the Crown of Thorns Euphorbia, and the Burro’s Tail when it does have a rare bloom.

Why do hummingbirds like red flowers?

Hummingbirds rely mostly on their eyesight as it is their more dominant sense compared to hearing or smell. They are able to see ultraviolet light so colors are a big part of the hummingbirds world.

Hummingbirds are more sensitive to red colors and they appear brighter in their field of vision making red flowers and feeders more attractive to the birds. They are also known to have good memories, so commonly visiting a red flower or red colored feeder could be thought of as a conditioned response by some.

Which red flowers attract hummingbirds?

As hummingbirds are drawn to the color red, many gardens with red flowers will have these as regular visitors. Daylilys and Columbines are great as they have large flowers that last through the summer. Cardinal Flowers and Bee Balms are also a favorite since they are commonly taller and stand out in gardens.

Penstemons and Hibiscus plants are commonly associated with hummingbirds as they provide large flower for the birds to feed. Other common flowers attracting hummingbirds are Peonies, Coral Bells, and the Garden Phlox.

Are red flowers appropriate for a funeral?

Red flowers can be appropriate for a funeral, but its important to note any cultural issues that may arise. With the color red, there are many different meanings that it can symbol so it’s important to research in order to send the right message.

For example, red roses are a way to show love and respect. Red Carnations can emphasize fascination and love. Many times, red flowers will be a part of a flower arrangement as the color is a powerful display and can evoke a deep meaning to those grieving.

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