As the number one flower-giving holiday approaches, knowing what different types of red flowers mean will be beneficial when you go to the florist shop.
Red flowers are a symbol of love and romance. They can also represent friendship or even mourning. Red is a color that stands out in any room, so it’s no wonder why this color has been used for centuries as an accent. It’s easy to see how red flowers have become such a popular choice for weddings and other special events. Each red flower carries a unique meaning and to convey the right sentiments, you will need to know the importance of red flowers.
Read on to discover how to make your garden stunning with these 11 red flowers.
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This red flower was named after a Greek maiden, and the red amaryllis represents determination, pride, and beauty. Receiving these red flowers conveys the message of passion, attraction, and developing love. Amaryllis are tall and sturdy height, so they also symbolize strength.
Red Amaryllis is native to South America but is now grown worldwide. The plant grows up to 3 feet high and blooms from June through late summer. Plant Amaryllis bulbs indoors six weeks before the last frost date. Please place them in a sunny location and water them regularly until the first signs of bloom appear. It’s best to plant them in groups of three or more because if there is only one bulb, it may not produce enough energy to grow into a large plant.
Amaryllis likes full sun and well-drained soil. As these are perennial plants, they can survive more than seventy years if adequately cared for. They can grow up to 3 feet tall and bloom for several months.
This red flower would make a good gift for someone you love as it symbolizes love, passion, and romance. It’s a unique plant that can be grown indoors and outdoors and will convey the message to the recipient that the giver finds them unique.
A red begonia will stand out from the crowd of other red flowers since it is rarely thought of as a plant that symbolizes love and uniqueness.
Begonias are native to tropical regions and thrive in warm temperatures. They like bright light and plenty of moisture. These plants prefer moist soil and should be planted in containers or window boxes. If you want to grow them outside, place them in a shady area where they will get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. By Mid-summer, you should have an explosion of bright flowers in your garden bed.
Begonias come in many colors, including pink, purple, orange, yellow, red, and green. My favorite color is red, as it can easily be adapted to any flower arrangement, especially if combined with green foliage.
Red carnations mean you admire a person and feel affection towards them; the deep attachment is shown in how deep the shade of red is. Dark red means you romantically love the person, and soft shades of red symbolize platonic love, like that between a mother and child or siblings.
These beautiful flowers should be planted in a sunny garden and watered regularly. Carnations do best when kept cool during the summer and warm during the winter. They require little care and are very hardy. Plant them in moist, well-drained soil and keep them away from cold drafts as they are not a fan of cooler climates
Carnation belongs to the plant species called Dianthus caryophyllus, which is native to Europe and Asia. Carnations are available in many different varieties. My favorites include: ‘Bouquet de Lis,’ ‘Double Delight,’ ‘Grandiflora,’ ‘Lemon Queen,’ ‘Molly Malone,’ ‘Rose De Luxe,’ ‘Sugar Daddy,’ and ‘Tutti Frutti.’ Carnations come in an array of colors from red to white and deep burgundy. This attractive flower will surely add a pop of color to your garden.
The red freesia is fragrant and often used as a wedding flower to represent trust between the newly married couple. This red flower can also symbolize innocence and friendship.
Freesia is native of Mexico and Central America. The plant grows in temperate climate zones and requires moderate water and sunshine. It thrives in rich, fertile soil and needs regular watering. Freesias are easy to grow and propagate, so you can always have fresh ones.
There are many freesia types, but I love the red variety because it looks so pretty in a bouquet. You can find freesias in various sizes and shapes such as single, double, and a variety of colors, including pink, dark burgundy, and white.
Red hyacinth is one of the few red flowers that does not symbolize love or romance. This red flower symbolizes playtime and recreation. Ideal for use during an outdoor gathering.
Plant hyacinths in full sun and well-draining soil. Water them regularly until the first signs of blooms appear. Hyacinths need lots of space and should never be crowded together. It’s a perennial flower, so you will enjoy this annual flower for as long as you take care of it.
This lovely flower comes in a wide variety of colors, including blue, white, and pink, and also possesses attractive foliage. There are even some hybrids that combine both blue and pink into one flower.
I adore this flower and recommend planting it in any part of your yard. It is highly versatile and can be used indoors or outdoors. If you want to get creative, you can make a bouquet out of it by placing it in a vase filled with water.
Red hellebores symbolize serenity, tranquility, and peace. They are one of the few plants that thrive when grown in the shade and will last a long time as a cut flower.
Plant hellebores in well-drained soil in full sunlight. Hellebores prefer slightly acidic soil and will benefit from occasional fertilization. They are slow growing and need ample room to spread their roots.
These beautiful flowers are known for being difficult to grow and maintain. But if you follow the instructions on how to grow hellebores correctly, you will be rewarded with gorgeous red flowers all year round.
Hellebores are perfect if you want to create a unique arrangement for someone special. These colored flowers look great in a vase filled with water and placed near a window where they receive plenty of light.
The exotic bloom of a red orchid symbolizes strength and courage when gifted to yourself and allowed to be a part of your home or office decor. When a red orchid is gifted to someone else, it represents fire, desire, passion, and romance.
Orchids are very popular flowers that are susceptible to plants and require constant attention. Orchids like bright light and warm temperatures. They also like to be watered frequently. Even partial shade could kill your orchids.
You can easily buy orchid bulbs online or at local nurseries. Once planted, orchids usually live for about five years. However, they do require a lot of maintenance and care.
When choosing an orchid bulb, choose one with healthy leaves and roots. The best way to tell whether an orchid is healthy is to check its leaves. The plant may be sick if they have yellow spots or brown patches.
When buying orchids, try to avoid purchasing those that are already flowering. Instead, purchase a new orchid bulb that is still dormant. Orchids’ beautiful blooms come in a variety of shades. From scarlet blooms to bright Fuschia ones, orchids bring pops of color to your home.
Also known as the Christmas Flower, the poinsettia is a red flower representing cheer and celebration during the Christmas season.
The poinsettia flower is a five-pointed bract shaped like a star and symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, which led the Wise Men to Jesus. The red bracts are also thought to represent the blood of Christ.
Plant poinsettia in a sunny location in rich, moist soil. Poinsettias are drought tolerant once established but should not be overwatered. Fertilize them regularly with a balanced fertilizer.
This beautiful flower is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. You can find poinsettias in many different colors, including pink, white, orange, purple, blue, and even black.
A red ranunculus symbolizes charm and attractiveness in many cultures. The red flower also represents passion, love, and romance.
Plant ranunculus in a sunny spot in rich, moist soil and keep it well-watered. Ranunculus is drought tolerant once established.
They’re easy to grow and require little maintenance. You can buy ranunculus in various sizes and shapes, such as single, double, and triple.
These classic fragrant flowers come in a wide range of colors, but red always symbolizes love. A dozen red roses or just one solitary rose is the ultimate symbol of romance.
Bright red roses symbolize love, and as the shade of red deepens, this red flower symbolizes a deepening commitment to the relationship.
Plant roses in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Roses need regular water to thrive. Rose bushes will produce more blossoms if you fertilize them every two weeks.
Rosebushes are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance. You can buy roses in a variety of colors, including red, pink, white, and yellow.
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The very name of this red flower evokes a feeling of affection and warmth. Sweet peas are hardy annual plants that are the official flower of April. The sweet fragrance, delicate petals, and red blooms symbolize blissful pleasure.
This red flower can convey the meaning of ‘hello, we will have a good time,’ or ‘goodbye, I had a good time.
Plant sweet pea in a sunny area in rich, moist soil drains well. Sweet peas are drought tolerant once established, so don’t worry about overwatering them.
You can find sweet peas in various colors, from white to red. They bloom for only a few days each year, so plant several varieties to ensure they bloom simultaneously.
Red flowers are always a good choice when it comes to gifting. If you are unsure if the color conveys the message you want to send, why don’t you check out pink flowers, purple flowers, or yellow flowers for more inspiration?