Red Bulb Flowers in Texas

For gardeners or landscapers who want to add bright color to their gardens, planting bulbs that result in red flowers may be the answer. Eye catching and boldly colored, red blooms give gardens a focal point. Most bulbs are perennials, meaning they can be used for more than one year--you'll need to either protect them over the winter or dig them up and store in a cool, dry place during the winter.

Cannas

As the giants of your garden, cannas often grow to more than 5 feet tall before they display their showy clusters of bright red flowers. Featuring large burgundy leaves, the plants make interesting focal points long before the flowers show. Once the 4 to 6 inch wide flowers bloom, they become fiery-red showstoppers, especially if you plant them in a large area. Plant canna bulbs in a sunny area of your garden after the last frost occurs in the spring. In climates with colder winters, remove the bulbs from the ground after the leaves die back and divide them. Replant the bulbs again in the spring.

Oxblood Lily

It's hard to miss the large, dark red flowers on these early-fall blooming plants. Similar in size to amaryllis blooms, this lily blooms after the heavy rains in the fall, giving your garden much-needed color when other plants are starting to fade. While the blooms will come back year after year without dividing the bulbs, it's better to do so after the leaves die down. Plant the bulbs in late spring or summer in full sun to partially shady areas with well-drained soil. These lilies tolerate drought well, but really begin growing once the late summer rains start. Within a month, the 1 foot tall plants will produce the showy red blooms.

Blood Lily

Much like their name implies, this flower produces gorgeous, reddish-orange blooms atop 12-to-18 inch stems. The flowers only last a few weeks, but while they're in full bloom, they tend to be the talk of the garden. This lily thrives in containers, giving you the ability to move the plant into a better viewing position when in bloom. Plant bulbs in well-drained soil in full-to-partial sun, and water regularly. In mild winter climates, place a layer of mulch over the ground to protect the bulbs from the cold. Otherwise, dig up the bulbs and store them in a cool, dry place until you plant them again in the spring.

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