15 Stunning Red Flowering Shrubs

Shrubs with beautiful red flowers are great for brightening up the garden.

If you love the color red, there are lots of different red flowering bushes that will provide color in your garden from spring through until fall.

Here are 15 beautiful red flowering shrubs to plant in your garden. 

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red flowering shrubs


1. Azalea (Rhododendron)

Azaleas are small perennial flowering bushes with flowers that can be red, orange, pink or purple.

They prefer acidic soil and grow best in a spot that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun.

Azaleas have shallow roots so they’re ideal for pots and containers.

red azalea flowers

2. Camellia (Camellia spp.)

Camellias are evergreen shrubs with stunning large flowers that really stand out in the garden.

There are many different types of Camellias but the two most popular varieties are Camellia japonica, which blooms from spring to fall and Camellia sasanqua, which blooms from summer until winter.

Planting both varieties in your garden means that you can have almost year round blooms.

red camellia flower

3. Hibiscus

Hibiscus, also known as Rose Mallow, has beautiful big flowers that can be red, pink, purple or white.

They grow best in tropical areas that have lots of sunshine and high humidity.

You can increase the bloom time of Hibiscus shrubs by regularly removing the spent flowers.


4. Roses

For beautiful, fragrant red flowers you can’t go past the popular rose bush.

Roses grow best in a spot with full sun with well drained soil.

There are many different rose varieties to choose from including miniature roses, climbing roses, shrub roses and rambling roses. [1]

red rose

5. Chrysanthemums

Chrysanthemums, or mums as they’re commonly known, are small shrubs that produce an abundance of flowers.

They usually reach 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall and bloom from late summer to fall.

Chrysanthemums are ideal for containers and they can be trimmed back when they finish blooming to keep them neat and tidy.

red chrysanthemum flowers

6. Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas are popular climbing plants that are mostly grown on trellises or arches but they can also be trimmed to form a round shaped shrub.

They grow best in full sun and they’re heat and drought tolerant.

red bougainvillea

7. Weigela

Weigela is an attractive perennial shrub with flowers that can be red, yellow, pink or white.

They flower best in full sun but they can also be planted in part shade in warm climates.

Weigela bushes can reach 6 to 8 feet (1.8 to 2.4 metres) tall but you can cut them back when they finish flowering to keep them to a manageable size.


8. Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa)

Flowering Quince is an early spring flowering shrub with beautiful red blooms that appear on the bare branches.

It flowers best in full sun and will grow well in most soil types.

Flowering Quinces have sharp thorns so it’s best to plant them away from the house to avoid getting scratched. [2]

red flowering quince shrub

9. Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

Hydrangeas are popular flowering shrubs that grow best in a spot with morning sun and afternoon shade.

The flowers are most commonly pink, purple or blue but you can also find varieties with red flowers.

Hydrangeas need plenty of water, especially during the summer months.

red hydrangea flowers

10. Bottlebrush (Callistemon spp.)

Bottlebrush is a hardy red flowering shrub with beautiful flowers that last from spring into summer.

They can be cut back each year to form a small shrub or left to grow into a tree.

Bottlebrush plants are fairly drought tolerant and they’re great for attracting birds to your garden.

red bottlebrush shrub

11. Protea

Proteas are hardy evergreen shrubs with stunning large flowers which are technically bracts (modified leaves).

They bloom from late winter to spring and they’ll tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

red protea flower

12. Waratah (Telopea)

Waratah shrubs are native to Australia and have beautiful big red flower heads.

They grow best in sandy soil and can reach as high as 13 feet (4 metres) tall.

Waratahs are great for attracting nectar loving birds to your garden.

red waratah flower

13. Pentas (Pentas lanceolata)

Pentas, also called Egyptian Stars, is a small perennial shrub that usually grows 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) tall.

It has beautiful star shaped flowers during the summer months which help to attract an abundance of pollinators to your garden.

Pentas is a great choice for garden borders.

pentas flowers

14. Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)

There are many different varieties of Barberry and their foliage and flowers are great for bringing color and interest to the garden.

Barberry shrubs can be evergreen or deciduous but they all have thorns so they’re ideal for creating a secure hedge around your property.

red barberry bush

15. Lantana (Lantana camara) 

Lantana is a bright and cheerful flowering shrub that is very low maintenance.

It will grow in poor quality soil and it’s drought tolerant.

Lantana flowers can be red, orange, yellow or pink.

red lantana shrub

So there are 15 bright and colorful red bushes to plant in your flower garden.

These red flowering shrubs are sure to bring some beautiful pops of color to your garden.


Which of these red shrubs do you like best? Let me know in the comments below.

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Kelly Martin

Hi, I'm Kelly Martin, a landscape gardener and designer with over 10 years experience. I have a passion for small space gardening and I love designing and creating beautiful outdoor spaces that maximize the potential of small urban gardens. Read more

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Stephanie S

    I love the Flowering Quince shrub. I only have a red miniature rose bush in my garden right now. I love the color red, and it is actually my husbands favorite color. I think I would plant this shrub near our pergola.

  2. Melanie williams

    LOVE this post. We love our flowers and who would have known that there are so many red different types x

  3. Chloé Arnold

    Ahhh so many gorgeous flowers! I love bouganvillea, but it doesn’t grow well where I’m at. I love garden roses though!

  4. Nkem

    Cool post! It was nice to learn the names of some of the flowers I’ve seen while travelling or even in my own backyard in my family home.

  5. Laura Linklater

    Wow. Wiegela might just be my new favourite flower. Gorgeous. Thanks for the info

  6. Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    Azaleas and hydrangea are easily my favorites on this list! I love the light pink hydrangea as well as the red. Roses are always a classic flower to have in the garden. But red isn’t my favorite when it comes to roses. I much prefer yellow and orange. Red flowers though add a beautiful and vibrant splash of color to any garden.

  7. Lyosha

    So beautiful! I am not that into flowers actually but I always find red flowers the most eye catching and attractive to me.

  8. Kat

    They are all gorgeous, but I really loved the Camellia and the Waratah. What beautiful flowers! I am currently looking for a new flat and really want to get one with some garden space. So excited to get gardening next year.

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