This traditional symbol of love is perfect for adding brightness to your garden. Luckily, many flowers bloom in a variation of red. Scroll through to find the shade your heart desires.

We researched sun and soil needs plus growing tips to make your garden a little easier to manage. Read through the options below and learn how to grow bold florals with our guide.

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Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemum

Commonly referred to as Mums, Chrysanthemums are a classic addition to a fall garden. There are hundreds of varieties that give you choices between color, height, flower size and even time of bloom.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Pinching is the most important care technique for Mums. It entails removing the main steam which forces the plant to grow two new stems.

Marigold Tagetes

Marigolds are popular annuals. Their popularity likely comes from their bright colors and ability to bloom all summer long. They have carnation-like flower heads with thick layers of ruffled petals.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Although they can grow in pretty much any soil, Marigolds need lots of sunshine. Be sure to water from the base rather than overhead and allow the soil to dry before watering again.

Amaryllis Hippeastrum

Popular for their trumpet-shape, Amaryllis have large flower heads and come in both single and double forms. They grow on a tall green stem and come in varying hues of red and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Position the bulb so at least one third is above the surface. It is essential to fertilize regularly once growth appears.

Alstroemeria Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria is a common florist favorite for good reason. The talk stems product three colorful blooms in an array of colors. Each flower has 6 petals and can be flecked, stripped or streaked with darker pigmentation.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

If you choose to plant in your garden rather than in a pot, be sure to pick a shelter site and stake the plants so they don't collapse in wind or rain.

Anemone Anemone nemorosa

The Anemone is a diverse species that comes in many colors and varieties that bloom in spring and others that bloom in fall. They can also be low-growing plants that prefer woodlands and rock gardens or tall-growing that thrive in late summer.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Only move these plants in the spring. Anemones may be slow to grow but once they are established they are likely to spread.

Zinnia Zinnia elegans

Zinnias have a bright, daisy-like heads on a tall, slender stem. They grow up to 3 feet and bloom annually.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

These flowers are relatively easy to grow. Remove faded blooms to ensure continued flowering and fertilize lightly.

Poppy Papaver

Poppies have long been a garden favorite with their vibrant, red-orange color. Gardeners have been growing poppies for thousands of years.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

2 - 8

Flower Tip

Poppies do not like wet feet. Novice gardeners often kill them by overwatering.

Rosa

With over 2,000 varieties and hundreds of years of cultivation, the rose has an extensive family and a long history. Old roses, which are classified as existing prior to the 1867 tea rose, generally have more fragrance, more complicated blooms and greater disease resistance. Modern roses offer an endless color selection and all-season blooms.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 11

Flower Tip

Plant roses in an area where they will receive at least 5 hours of sun a day.

Lilium

Lilies are one of the most popular flowers for floral arrangements because of their large showy blooms and pleasant fragrance. They have 6 trumpet-shaped petal that stand on top of a long stem.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

If you live in zones 9 or 10, refrigerate your lily bulbs before planting. They require a cold, dormant period for spring growth.

Calla Lily Zantedeschia

Calla Lilies are very popular for their elegant bell shape both in gardens and as cut flowers. They grow well outdoors and as houseplants.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Typically planted after the threat of frost, Calla Lilies should be planted deep and watered well. Aside from regular watering and fertilizer they are fairly low-maintenance.

Tulipa

Tulips come in virtually every color of the rainbow. They are usually brightly colored flowers with a simple cup shape that grow on a green stem.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

Never deliberately water a bed in which your tulips are planted. They dislike excessive moisture.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Carnations are popular for the spectrum of colors they come in. They grow full blooms of serrated petals on a long, narrow stalk.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove spent flowers promptly to encourage continued blooming.

Gerbera Daisy Gerbera Jamesonii

These bright and cheerful flowers come in many different colors. Gerbera Daisies can also range in size from 2 to 5 inches in diameter.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware of crown rot which is when the crowns are planted too deeply. This is a common problem with Gerbera Daises.

Cockscomb Celosia

Cockscomb comes either in striking upward spires or crested with a fascinating twisted form. Either variety will provide a showy pop of color.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

2 - 11

Flower Tip

Spider mites can be a problem if the weather gets too hot.

Peony Paeonia

Peonies grow on glossy green bushes. In bloom they are very beautiful with large, fragrant heads that range from white to fuchsia.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Don't plant Peonies too deep. The buds should be no deeper than 2 inches below the soil.

Dianthus Dianthus

Belonging to the same family as carnations, Dianthus are colorful, hardy annuals. They emit a spicy fragrance and can most frequently be found in hues of pink, purple and white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Plant Dianthus in a spot where it will receive at least 6 hours of sun. They also should be fertilized every 6 to 8 weeks.

Begonia Begonia

Begonias come in many different varieties but most have large double flowers that come in yellow, orange, red, white and pink. They bloom on top of dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

6 - 11

Flower Tip

Begonias need moderate amounts of sun and prefer to stay out of the wind. Do not overwater but keep the soil moist.

Pentas Pentas lanceolata

Pentas are one the best flowers for attracting butterflies with their starry blooms that last all summer. Their large, clustered flower heads come in many different pastel shades.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

10 - 11

Flower Tip

Pentas work well in containers. If you live in cooler climates, this will likely be your most successful method.

Dahlia Dahlia

Dahlias are colorful flowers with many spiky petal which form their large, round heads. They range in color and size.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 10

Flower Tip

Dahlias struggle in cold soil. Wait until the ground temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Columbine Aquilegia

Columbines bloom in the springtime from dark green foliage that turn maroon in the fall. The bell-shaped flowers come in a variety of colors and are a favorite of hummingbirds.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 8

Flower Tip

These perennials are not too particular but prefer mild climates. Give them plenty of mulch to keep the soil moist and insulated through winter.

Camellia Theaceae

Camellia is a flowering, green shrub with beautiful white blooms. They prosper in the southern climate.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

7 - 9

Flower Tip

Be sure to mulch thoroughly in order to keep the roots cool. Camellias also require regular watering during the first year.

Red Sunflower Helianthus

Red Sunflowers have big, daisy-like flower faces much like their yellow counterparts. They are hybrids born from the yellow variety and can be found in varying shades of red.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Sunflowers are remarkably tough. They need little extra care once they begin growing. Be careful not to over-fertilize. This can lead to steam breaks in the fall.

Hibiscus HIbiscus rosa-sinensis

Hibiscus flowers grown on a small tree. They are huge, trumpet-shaped blooms with dark green leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 8

Flower Tip

These tropical flowers are sensitive to both drought and cold. Make sure they are constantly moist and protected from temperatures below freezing.

Perennial Geranium Geranium

These perennial blue flowers produces a seemingly endless supply of flowers ranging from white to deep blue and bloom from June to frost.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Best to pair this summer bloom with spring-blooming bulbs like hyacinth or daffodils

Azalea Rhododendron

Azaleas are members of the Rhododendron family. Unlike Rhododendron, Azaleas are deciduous and have funnel shaped flowers with 5 stamen.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 9

Flower Tip

Take the time to trim Azaleas when their blooming period ends. This will ensure renewal and encourage bushier growth.

Amaranthus Amaranthus

Amaranthus is a showy, exotic flower with a long bloom that cascades off of a rope like vine. Many species are cultivated for vegetables or cereals.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

These plants do need care. They need regular watering as they prefer moist soil and they also need to be fertilized monthly.

Salvia Salvia

Salvia comes in many different colors and is often fragrant, attracting butterflies and pollinators to your garden. The popular Chia seeds come from a variety of the Salvia plant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 9

Flower Tip

If Salvia begins to look tired or overgrown in the middle of summer, remove a third of the plant and watch it regrow.

Streptocarpus Streptocarpus

Streptocarpus is a popular, easy-to-grow houseplant that comes in an array of colors. Its petite, funnel-shaped blooms grow on leafy foliage.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

In the Spring and Summer, feed the plant bi-monthly with a high potash plant feed and remove dead flowers.

Sweet pea Lathyrus odoratus

Sweet peas come in many lovely colors and give off a fragile fragrance that is commonly used in perfumes.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

7 - 10

Flower Tip

Sweet peas are slow to germinate, making them somewhat difficult to grow. They are quite hardy once they develop.

Cosmos Cosmos

Cosmos are showy annuals with bowl-shaped flowers and long stems. They are great cut flowers and will bring birds and butterflies to your garden.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

Remove faded flowers to prolong flowering and stake when necessary.

Hyacinth Hyacinthus

Hyacinths grow from spring-flowering bulbs and produce small bundles of blossoms that range in color from blue to white.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

This flower is classically paired with yellow daffodils.

Canna Canna

Cannas are summer bulbs with ruffled spikes that taper to relatively petite buds. They come in different colors and boast large paddle-shaped leaves.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Because of their tropical origins, Cannas require lots of sunshine and fertile, moist soil. If they like their environment, they will need very little care.

Clematis Clematis

The Arabella variety of Clematis blooms in a beautiful mauve and can grow up to 30 feet tall. When flourishing, it can produce more flowers in less space than almost any other plant.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

Make sure to plant Clematis in a sheltered spot to help it thrive.

Coneflower Echinacea Purpurea

Bright and daisy-like, these popular perennials drought-tolerant and easy to care for. They also make great cut flowers and attract songbirds.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

3 - 9

Flower Tip

If your plants are floppy, cut them to the ground after they flower. Otherwise, just be sure to cut faded flowers to prolong the blooming season.

Gloxinia Sinningia speciosa

Today's Gloxinia are hybrids that can breed quickly and produce many blooms. The display last about two months and rarely return after fading.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Partial Shade

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

These plants are best grown as annuals. Focus on keeping them fresh while blooming by giving them a high-phosphorous liquid plant food every 2 weeks.

Hellebores Helleborus

Healleborus is a perennial with leathery leaves that protect a circle of tiny stamen-like petals. They have a long blooming period, lasting anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks and ranging in color from white to purple.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

4 - 8

Flower Tip

Do not plant these too deeply. Make sure the crown is only just covered by soil.

Lycoris Lycoris

Lycorus is a common name for several different plant types including both lycoris and belladonna lillies. They all have tall flower stalks that bloom in late summer when folliage is not present given them a naked look. Because of this they are commonly referred to as Naked Ladies.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

5 - 10

Flower Tip

Choose a sunny site to plant you Lycoris. They can survive on less, but prefer at least 6 hours of sun a day.

Verbena Verbena bonariensis

These flowers blossom in shades between orange and violet with tall clustered blooms. If taken care of, Verbena will last all summer long.

Soil Needs

Moist, Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be sure to keep the soil damp because dry conditions can prevent flowering.

Daylily Hemerocallis

Daylilies grow easily and spread quickly despite their delicate appearance. Their trumpet-shape bloom grows on top of a tall, leafless stem. They can be found in many different colors as there are tens of thousands of hybrids in existence

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Growing Zones

3 - 10

Flower Tip

If you remove wilted flowers, the bloom time can be long even though each individual flower only lasts for one day.

Prickly Pear Opuntia humifusa

Prickly Pear is a versatile cacti that can be found across the southern states but will also grow as far north as Minnesota. They have flat, green pads that have a tendency to grow at strange angles.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

9 - 11

Flower Tip

Be aware that cactuses can grow to be quite large and should be planted away from pathways. If you are looking to plant it in your garden rather than grow from a pot, make a mix of half soil, half sand.

Ranunculus Ranunculus

Ranunculus come in bright colors and grow on long stems. They are perfect cut flowers because they has a long vase life and many blooms.

Soil Needs

Well-drained

Sunlight Needs

Full Sun

Growing Zones

8 - 11

Flower Tip

Do not remove the foliage until the end of summer when they are yellow. Green leaves will gather sunlight for next year's garden.


Photo Credit: Alstroemeria via Mike Peel, Cockscomb via Amore Mio, Amaranthus via Tubifex, Salvia via Hungda, Streptocarpus via Wildfeuer, Sweet pea via Romfordian, Hyacinth via Andrey Korzun, Canna via Lazaregagnidze, Hellebores via Dominicus Johannes Bergsma.