Red is one of the most dominant colors in the spectrum. Red gives off feelings of love, power, passion, and even anger. Red flowers in a bouquet can represent any of these feelings. Red flowers are very popular for weddings. Red roses represent pure love and are often considered the most romantic of flowers.
Red flowers in a garden do not necessarily mean the same things. Red tends to be used in garden design because of the impact the color red provides for visual interest. Red is vibrant and eye-catching. The intense color also works very well with many other colors. This makes it easy to use in garden designs to create natural flow with a serious visual punch.
Some of the topics we are going to discuss include:
* Red cut flowers
* Red perennials
Red Cut Flowers
Cut flowers are used for bouquets and arrangements. Unlike garden flowers, cut flowers are usually used for a very deliberate purpose. Be sure to do some research before sending flowers to just anyone. It is a good idea to make sure you are truly sending the message you intended.
Red roses – Red roses are widely considered the flower of love. They have been given by the dozen or the single stem for decades. The beauty of the rose is that it can hold its own when paired with other flowers or simply by its lonesome.
Red Gerbera Daisies – Daisies are often considered one of the most cheerful flowers. Daisies are big flowers with simple appeal. They make great ‘just because’ flowers. They are also very well suited to be used in a centerpiece.
Red Calla Lilies – Calla lilies are a quintessential wedding flower. When used for a wedding, they signify elegance and class. Red callas should be the focal point of a bride’s bouquet. Their unique trumpet shape adds visual interest without taking away from the beauty of a bride’s dress. Callas is also excellent when used as a boutineer.
Red Alstroemeria – Alstroemeria is an excellent flower for any bouquet. Each stem comes with several blooms to really add impact and value to an arrangement. Though they are not true lilies, some people refer to them as such.
The use of red flowering perennials is quite widespread in gardenscapes. Red is such a powerful color that it draws the eye instantly. Using red flowers in a shade garden is particularly powerful. The darkness cast by the shade is brightened up by the use of red. Here are a few red perennials that add impact to any garden.
Red Dahlias – Dahlia plants flower in the late summer and early fall. Dianthus produce large, multi-petalled flowers. This option is quite popular for weddings and makes an excellent cut flower. Dahlia bulbs do not last in the garden over winter in cooler climates. Dig them up and overwinter the bulbs inside.
Red Bleeding Hearts – Bleeding hearts are a popular spring-flowering perennial. They prefer part shade so they can grow in spaces where full sun plants won’t. They do tend to begin dying off in the late summer, so they may need to be trimmed back earlier than other perennials.
Red Daylilies – Daylilies are a popular, easy to maintain garden perennial. They are available in many different colors, including several shades of red. Daylilies are a great plant to grow because they can be divided and used in other parts of the garden. Unfortunately, daylilies are better suited for the garden than in arrangements. Each flower only lasts a few days. But the plant produces so many flowers they continually get replenished.
Red Dianthus – Dianthus plants are low growers, so make for excellent border plants. They produce multiple blooms that grow in mound shapes. The flowers are small with distinctive sheared edges. While the flowers only last for the spring without deading, the remaining plant foliage is quite attractive, which makes this an excellent choice for the garden.
Annuals are a great way to add color to a landscape. Annuals are most commonly used in container plantings. The intent is for the container to only be maintained throughout the growing months. This gives the homeowner the ability to change the planter every season.
Red Celosia- Celosia is a unique looking plant. It is not for everyone, but the bright red color packs a serious punch. The flower is pyramid-shaped and looks quite fuzzy. Celosias works great as a filler plant in containers. Be sure not to overwater, though. They are quite picky about this and find over watering hard to come back from.
Red Petunias – Petunias are one of the most popular annual plants. They come in wave or mound varieties. Wave types are popular for hanging baskets because the multiple blooms cascade over the side is creating a waterfall of flowers. Mound varieties are excellent in gardens to fill holes in the garden scape. Petunias require very little maintenance and produce flowers all growing season with almost no pinching. Petunias are great beginner plants because they recover from over or under watering quite well. They do require full sun, so be sure not to plant them in shady areas.
Red Zinnias – Red zinnias are happy annuals. They are round in shape with numerous layers of petals. They produce truly vibrant red flowers that are excellent for attracting butterflies to a garden. Zinnias are quite easy to grow, so they are a great choice for beginners gardeners. They also make for exceptional cut flowers, so consider bringing some instead to brighten up your home.
Red Begonias – Begonias are extremely popular because of their desire to live in shady conditions. They add color to shady spots on the patio or in the garden where other flowering plants do not grow. Begonias also tend to need a little less water, so be attentive when watering.