Ten Favourite Red Flowers For Your Garden
Red Is My Favourite Colour
Red is my favourite colour, at least in my garden.
I have shrubs and plants which ensure that this colour is in my garden virtually all year round. In this lens I want to share some images of these plants with you. Most of the colour of course is in the flowers which bloom on these plants but some are found in the leaves and foliage. This gives a very rich variation in the shades and hues of red which may be seen in any one season. From pinks to dark red through oranges and purples; they are all there. Here I try to focus on the specifically red hues.
You can see the design of my garden in this virtual tour, Welcome To my Garden, I am always happy to show gardeners (and interested people) around my garden.
I am forever snapping away taking photographs of my garden. Although I try not to spend too much of my time working in it, I am very proud of it. Some of these photographs find their way onto cards and other products in my Zazzle store to which you are cordially invited after your garden tour.
Of course, I have other favourites, I am not too biased; but there will be other opportunities for sharing these elsewhere.
The image is of a pieris in my garden. The colour is so strong in this image because the photograph was taken at night; I think. It has not been edited to increase the colour density. All photographs are my own work.
Celebrating Red Colours In My Garden
Red can have many meanings,, love, rage, danger, energy, passion and rage to name but a few. I chose danger as a basis for this Haiku
Red signals danger.
Danger comes in many forms.
Stop, consider, act.
And here is a second ...
Red is for passion
But beware unthinking haste
Stop, consider, act
The poems and all images are copyright of the author
So What Is Your Favourite Colour?
Before we start our tour, let me ask which is your favourite colour in the garden.
Which is your favourite colour
Red Climbing Rose
I had always thought that this rose was a rambling rose, but according to a gardening expert rambling roses only flower once whereas this rose which flowers throughout the year is more properly a climbing rose.
This particular planr has a very long history. I took a cuttin from my parents garden when I first bought a house; some 40 years ago. It was very vigorous and was one of my fathers favourite plants. I don't know how long they had had it but probably some 20 years or so. It never grew for me, always dying back to the ground each year. Maybe it was the wrong thing to do but I was always moving it thinking it needed the right position. I would get a few flowers but very little growth. The past couple of years however it has started to grow, I had fnally decided to just leave it and let it find its own way. It seemed to like the inattention and has finally started paying me back.
I am so very glad that this has happened, I could never bring myself to throw it out because of its history, and memories of my late father.
A Pink Rose
Yes, I know that I said red but this is such a great flowering plant and pink is just a shade of red after all.
You might think pink is a very femine colour, and yes you are right. This plant was bought as a present for my wife although sadly it wasn't a present from me. But as far as the garden is concerned it is mainly my area so I claim the right to include it here.
Roses of course are a very popular and common garden plant but did you know the thorns are technically "prickles". Thorns are actually "are modified stems, which always originate at a node and which have nodes and internodes along the length of the thorn itself." As you can read in Wikipedia." Prickles are outgrowths of the epidermis, the wooden outer layer of the stem."
Despite that enjoy this image, it can't hurt you.
Red (And Purple) Fuchsia
Here we have a two toned red flower, another of my favourite plants. With of course another story. This was from a cutting which my mother-in-law rooted for me from a bush in her back garden. The plant grew well in her garden but again this has always died right back each year in my garden. Maybe we live in a cold spot, both dad and MIL lived in a large city and could have seen higher average temperatures during the winters - it's a theory.
Most fuchsias do come from South America and so will need protection to grow in the UK in most winters. Thet are best treated as not being frost hardy. I have however seen hedges of fuchsias in southern coastal areas where the temperature is just a little warmer.
Read about fuchsias on Wikipedia.
Manipulating The Images
Edited Using Photoshop
As well as gardening and photography, I do love playing with the images and I think red looks so good on a black and white background.
What do you think? Answers below please, in the comments section/guestbook
This is a wonderfully colourful herbaceous plant and provides colour in early summer. I have two varieties, this one and a pink variety.
Unfortunately this red variety provides a much shorter lived display than the pink, but it does appear when the colours are restricted in the early summer. One of the plants which help maintain some red in the garden throughout the year.
Read about peonies on the Royal Horticultural Society Website, where you can also read about the care and propagation of these plants.
Japanese Acer (Acer Palmatum)
Glorious Red Foliage
This is obviously not a flowering plant, but I did say one or two of the plants would be included because of their foliage.
Acer palmatum is a favourite of many gardeners, especially the red leaved cultivars. More information is available at Wikipedia.
This particular plant, as can be seen in the photo, is in a pot so it can be moved to a protected spot for the winter as it is not very hardy. it spends most of the summer on our decking, where it can be enjoyed from the house.
Acer Palmatum from Amazon
A two year graft of this delightfully decorative tree.
Red hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria)
Amongst A Bed Of Evening Primrose.
This is not particularly a favourite of mine. It is annother plant that sometimes does well and sometimes does not. This year the flowering stems are few in number and quite small but it is growing in a bed of yellow, self seeding evening primrose. The contrast is astounding. And really brings out the deep yellow colour of the latter.
In this case the juxtaposition of the two plants is what make this rather than the plant itself.
Read about red hot pokers on Wikipedia.
Red Leaved Berberis
Another Red Foliage Plant
The leaves of this variety are a spectacular sight, the patterns of red and white (really shades of pink) are a marvellous sight during the summer.
It is a hardy shrub and grows very easily in shade, as do a lot of the red foliage plants. Slightly thorned, it can be a menace when weeding around its base but a stout pair of gloves easily overcome the issue.
Read about Berberis on Wikipedia.
Red (And Yellow) Pansies (Viola tricolor hortensis)
Pansies are a class of plant which has been cultivated from violas. The two names are often used synonomously but there is a difference. The flowers of both plants have 5 petals but they are arranged slightly differently.
Pansies have 4 petal pointing upwards, and one pointing down.
Violas have 3 petals pointing upwards and 2 pointing down
Class over. Most gardeners use the name pansy for the larger bedding plants, otherwise they are treated the same.
The dark maroon upper petals are a fantastic colour and again it is set off by a combination with the three lower petals (only one of which is pointing down. We usually plant our winter baskets with winter-flowering pansies to extend the flowering season late in the year and early the following spring.
Read about pansies on wikipedia.
Do You Have A Favourite?
There are obviously many more red flowers and red plants but too many can simply get confusing. So I will stop at this for now.
Which Red Plant Is Your Favourite?
A Few More Red flowers
I have to include the
following great plants:-
One late addition, unfortunately brings the number to eleven. But I could not leave out this flower which has bloomed in the last few days. A little late this year but a few days of sun has bought it on nicely. I love the splash of red at the centre of the bloom.
My Latest Acquisition - Penstimmon
I couldn't pass this red penstimmon which I saw in a garden centre last month. It certainly helps to keep up the average of red floweres in my garden. The delicate mass of light red flowers on several stems, gives a beautiful display. And as a perennial, it should provide a lasting addition and enjoyment over a long time for the cost.
I would be interested to hear all positive comments or criticsm on this page about red garden flowers