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Ten Favourite Red Flowers For Your Garden

Updated on January 27, 2015

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.

red poppy garden plant
red poppy garden plant

A Haiku

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

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red climbing rose
red climbing rose

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.

pink rose
pink rose

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 fuchsia
red fuchsia

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.

red fuchsia with a black and white background
red fuchsia with a black and white background

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

red peony
red peony

Red Peony

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.

red japanese acer
red japanese acer

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 plant
red hot poker plant

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
red and yellow pansies

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?

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A Few More Red flowers

I have to include the

following great plants:-

red hibiscus
red hibiscus


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.

red penstimmon
red penstimmon

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

What Did You Think Of My Garden? - And its Red Flowers.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      A neat look at reds in the garden--thanks. Had to look up penstimmon and it appears to grow in the dry rocky southwest here. It looked familiar but I've not seen it except in pictures. I have a hard time deciding on what color pansies to put in this time of year, but always, always, white must be included. I'm thinking of going with all white this year. The only draw back is that they don't show up if we get a little snow.

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      Sharon Berry 3 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful garden! Thanks for sharing.

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      Classic LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, thank you!

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I am envious of your gorgeous flowers. I can't get much of anything to grow in my yard.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Of course, these are all beautiful flowers!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I wish I had your green thumb - my plants don't usually survive too long!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      Beautiful garden.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Awesome Lens and Photos; congratulations for making it on the Squidoo Front Page.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love your garden! Red really shows off nicely in a garden.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      You have a fabulous garden.

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Angel Blessed-The Japanese Acer is awesome

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      @SheilaMilne: Thank you but they are not all in flower at the same time of the year

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      mywyomingadventure 5 years ago

      Beautiful garden and beautiful pictures!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      It must be stunning to see as a whole because the pictures are beautiful.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Pretty red garden... :)

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      rakeshbohra 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing !!!!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed your selection of red flowers. Thanks for sharing these nice flowers.

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      MarcellaCarlton 5 years ago

      I love the red flowers in your garden. After greenery it is the most important color in the garden. Great lens!

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      vinodkpillai lm 5 years ago

      The passionate interest is palpable and the photographs are great. Beautiful lens - thanks for sharing!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      You definitely have a very beautiful garden. I like tulip and roses. I love it when there are a lot of flower that bloom together. That will be the nicest moment.

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      John Dyhouse 5 years ago from UK

      @NightMagic: Thank you very much

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      NightMagic 5 years ago

      I loved your choices. You have good taste.

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      naomiyoung 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great lens. I love gardening and the color red!

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      Jessica Barst 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Lovely plants! Thanks for taking us on a tour of the red in your garden. I especially like the photoshopped image of the fuchsia against the black background :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks... I have a lot of shade in my yard, and our summer season is not that long . I loved the image of the Red Leaved Berberis... so next year I am going to look for this.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love that you share how your red climbing rose finally was able to grow on its own once you left it alone, sometimes we just try too hard I guess. I love your red garden and if you live where there's humming birds, I just know they are smiling too! Congratulations on your front page feature!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Beautiful variety shown here! I love that Firepoker plant, and the red palm, but my favorite is the peonies.

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      EbooksFreeWeekl1 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I've taken a liking to Birds of Paradise, although there is more then just red colors I know.