Best Red Flowers for Your Garden


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Zinnia

    One of the best annual cut flowers, zinnias bloom in a wide range of colors. They don't mind hot, dry conditions and will reward you with flowers all summer long.

    Plant Name: Zinnia elegans

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

    Zones: Annual

    Plant it with: Zinnia looks gorgeous with finer-textured cosmos or brightly colored marigolds.

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Shirley Poppy

    This easy-to-grow annual is a surefire way to add a dose of bright color to the spring garden. In the North, sprinkle seeds of this wildflower in spring; in the South, plant them in the fall.

    Plant Name: Papaver rhoeas

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide

    Zones: Annual

    Plant it with: Other wildflowers, such as Texas bluebonnet or bachelor's buttons.

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Knock Out Rose

    Traditional roses are beautiful, but a lot of work. Add a big dose of color the easy way with Knock Out roses. These hardy, long-blooming roses require virtually no care and still put on a massive show.

    Plant Name: Rosa 'Knock Out'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Plant it with: Mix in some peonies (which are also virtually carefree) to extend the rose's bloom season.

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Celosia

    A topnotch cut flower, celosia also dries well, making it a favorite of crafters who like to make dried flower arrangements. If you don't have the heart to cut it, celosia is a great garden plant that reliably blooms all summer long.

    Plant Name: Celosia selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 2 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 10, but usually grown as an annual

    Plant it with: White cosmos or zinnias for a perfect summer bouquet.

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Peony

    Plants don't get much easier to grow than peonies, which can thrive for years in a sunny spot with no real care.

    Plant Name: Paeonia selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 3-7

    Plant it with: Iris for a gorgeous, old-fashioned, fragrant perennial combo.

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Dianthus

    One of the best red fragrant flowers you can grow, many types of dianthus also offer attractive foliage so they look great when they're not in bloom. The annual types in particular are great for containers.

    Plant Name: Dianthus selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Plant Size: To 3 feet tall and wide, depending on type

    Zones: 3-9, depending on type; some are commonly grown as annuals

    Grow it with: The silvery foliage of dusty miller or lamb's ear is a great foil for boldy colored dianthus blooms.

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Tuberous Begonia

    One of the most regal plants for shade, tuberous begonias offer full, double flowers over attractive foliage.

    Here's a hint: Don't overwater tuberous begonias; they rot easily.

    Plant Name: Begonia selections

    Growing Conditions: Shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 18 inches tall and wide

    Zones: 10; in colder areas, dig and save the tubers in a frost-free place for winter.

    Plant it with: Double impatiens are a perfect plant partner with their opulent flowers.

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Pentas

    One of the best plants you can choose for attracting butterflies, pentas bear attractive clusters of boldly colored flowers. It's also an easy plant to grow as it tolerates heat, humidity, and drought like a champ.

    Plant Name: Pentas lanceolata

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 10, but usually grown as an annual in colder areas

    Plant it with: Lantana is a perfect plant partner; both love hot, dry conditions and attract scores of butterflies.

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Dahlia

    From charming little front-of-the-border annuals to massive plants with flowers bigger than your head, dahlias can be counted on to make a statement in the garden.

    Plant Name: Dahlia selections

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: From 6 inches to 6 feet tall; to 2 feet wide

    Zones: 8-10; dig and store the tubers in a frost-free spot in colder areas

    Plant it with: Dahlias look great with gladiolus -- both in the garden and in the vase.

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Columbine

    Red isn't just for the sun! Add a bold bit of red in early summer with columbine. This easy-growing perennial blooms for weeks -- and attracts hummingbirds, to boot.

    Plant Name: Aquilegia canadensis

    Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide

    Zones: 3-8

    Plant it with: Red columbines look fantastic with white-flowering perennial geraniums, which bloom at the same time.

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