Our color series continues with red. A great color for every season, and as much as red poinsettias make the holiday season, we are going to focus more on annuals and perennials to plant in your garden.
1. Monarda/Bee Balm: This native beauty is a great perennial for the garden and even better for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees alike. The bold red color is one of many colors bee balm comes in, but it is definitely the most beautiful. Monarda comes in a variety of heights, but the taller varieties make a great statement for the garden. They want sun to part sun to grow the healthiest and they are drought tolerant. They are great cut flowers and are deer resistant. Year after year, monarda will come back and thrive.
2. Lobelia/Cardinal Flower: Another great native perennial that attracts hummingbirds, these tall lobelia have beautiful spikes of flowers. Not to be mistaken with the lower growing annual of small blue flowers, lobelia likes full to part sun and can grow as tall as six feet. It has a dark red, almost purplish foliage and grows best in moist soil.
3. Geranium: This may seem like a no brainer to a lot of gardeners, but we had to put it on the list. The red geranium is a classic in containers and garden beds alike. While it may seem overused, this red beauty is low maintenance and gives you a lot of bang for your buck. Planting it with other, more unusual flowers can help make it stand out even more. The large, globe-shaped bloom loves the sun and is drought tolerant. They are easy to deadhead and will bloom all summer long for you.
4. Lady in Red Salvia: Many people know and love the perennial blue salvia, but the annual red salvia is just as, if not more, amazing. These flowers grow best in a sunny, dry area of the garden. The spikes of red flowers grow to be between one to two feet tall, bloom all summer long and attract loads of hummingbirds throughout the season.
5. Begonia: Our final pick for the best red flowers is the wax begonia. These beautiful flowers are great for sun or shade and come with green or red foliage. Either plant seems to glow with mounds of red blooms throughout the summer. Begonias are about as easy as it gets with bedding plants. They do not need to be deadheaded, and stay somewhat shorter, so they make a great “filler” plant.