When choosing flowers to decorate for Christmas or Valentine’s Day, dark red flowers come to mind. Red is also the preferred choice when planning the floral arrangements for December or February weddings. Flower colors are also an issue when laying out the garden or landscape design. If you're looking for flowers with dark red colors, either to use in a floral arrangement or as a plant for the garden, there are many to choose from.
The classic red flower for Christmas is the red poinsettia. Yet, the red "flowers" of the poinsettia are actual red petal-like bracts that appear in late fall, and the true flowers are the tiny nubs at the center of the bracts, which are greenish-yellow in color. Not all poinsettia develop the red colored bracts, some have white or pink bracts.
Anthuriums, a tropical flower grown in Hawaii, comes in various colors, one of which is deep red. Like the poinsettia, the red "flower" is actually a bract, which is glossy and leathery in texture. In the center of the red bract grows a tail-like structure that is made up of the plant’s true flowers.
The red rose is the traditional Valentine flower. Delivering a dozen, long stemmed red roses are akin to saying “I love you.” But there are many varieties of roses: hybid tea roses, miniature roses, floribunda roses, grandiflora roses, climbing roses, polyantha roses, hybrid perpetual roses, tea roses, moss rose, cabbage rose and more. All of which can be found in red.
One of the easiest bulbs to grow indoors is the Amaryllis, which boasts a magnificent large red flower. The amaryllis bulb should be planted between October and April, in a small pot, not much larger than the actual bulb. The amaryllis can also be planted in the garden, in areas where the winter temperature doesn’t drop below 20 degrees F. The bulb comes in colors, other than red, including white, orange and pink and multicolored varieties.
Perennial flowers are those that will bloom, year after year, without replanting. They will multiply, meaning next year’s crop will likely be more abundant that this year’s. Easy to grow, perennials are a good choice for coloring the garden. When choosing perennials, those available in red include: Juniper’s beard, sweet William, foxglove, gazania, hibiscus, lupine and the Chinese peony.
Unlike perennials, annual flowers will grow just one season and will need to be replanted for the next season. Like perennials, they are easy to grow. When choosing annuals to plant in the garden, the following are available in red: China aster, petunias, dahlia, tassel flower, strawflower, gloriosa daisy, castor bean, painted tongue, zinnia and butterfly flower. There are more than 100 different types of annuals with red flowers.
Among bulbs, the tulip is one of the most recognizable. Tulips come in a an assortment of varieties and colors, including deep red. Other bulbs that bring forth red blossoms include the Scarborough lily, the Aztec lily, harlequin flowers, temple bells, gloxinia and crimson flag.