Few flowers have the dramatic flair of a red perennial, and nothing livens up a garden more than shades of scarlet and crimson. Plus, in addition to their overall aesthetic, red is also the best color for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. As such, there's certainly no shortage of options when it comes to red perennial flowers, but three of the most popular types are peonies, cardinals and, of course, roses.
Peonies are shrub-like plants that produce large, showy flowers, which can reach up to five inches in diameter. They've been used in Chinese gardening for hundreds of years and they're the official state flower of Indiana, but peonies are perhaps most exceptional when used in floral bouquets. Autumn is the best time to plant peonies to ensure a spring bloom. A perennial favorite of gardeners everywhere (pun intended), red peonies make a bold and vibrant addition to any garden.
Cardinals are long, tubular flowers that grow wild throughout North America. They require a moist, rich soil to grow but are hardy enough to withstand occasional dry spells. The flower of the cardinal is particularly attractive to hummingbirds, with the ruby-throated variety being its main pollinator. Tall and dramatic, these beautiful red flowers will bring both flora and fauna into your garden.
Finally, the most popular type of red flower is the classic red rose. Whether it's Valentine's Day, a wedding anniversary or just a lazy Sunday afternoon, red roses add a touch of class and sophistication to any occasion, and a single red rose is still the simplest and most effective form of expressing love. The addition of a red rose bush will infuse your garden with warmth and joy all year long. Just watch out for those thorns!