Red Hot Mamas

The use of colour is a very powerful tool in everything, including gardening. Different colours emote different reactions and feelings from the observer. Some people are attracted to the softer tones of pastels while others enjoy the bright and in your face colours.

Red is a very strong colour and makes a bold statement in flower beds. Mother nature has blessed us with many different red flowers to choose from, and it is not a coincidence that many insects and birds are also attracted to the red spectrum. Here is a showcase of some of the red flowers I grow, all of which are easy to find and easy to grow.

Red Oriental Poppies (doubles) give a red kickstart to the garden in early spring. These look best in a mass planting and will self seed themselves for the following year.

Double Red Oriental Poppy / Sensible Gardening and Living

The double bloomed Red Fern Leaf Peony is gorgeous. Not only are the full blooms striking but the fern like foliage is also very attractive.

Double Fern Leaf Peony / Sensible Gardening and Living

Bright red Begonias make for a knockout hanging basket. Creates a loud shout of colour in the darker, shady parts of the yard.

Red Begonia / Sensible Gardening and Living

It is no wonder the bees and hummingbirds are attractive to bright red Monarda (bee balm). How could they miss it?

Monarda / Sensible Gardening and Living

Amaranthus is not only a giant but a colourful one at that. Ideal as a specimen plant.

Amaranthus / Sensible Gardening and Living

The list of red Daylilies is very long but here are a few of my favorites. Large clumps of these literally stop you in your tracks as you walk around the garden.

Daylily ‘Forever Redeemed’ / Sensible Gardening and Living
Daylily ‘American Chief’ / Sensible Gardening and Living


Daylilt ‘Spider Man’ / Sensible Gardening and Living
Daylily ‘Kent’s Favorite Two’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

For nothern gardeners the Amaryllis is usually an indoor plant but wow, this one bloomed for me right after Christmas. Perfect timing.

Red Amaryllis / Sensible Gardening and Living

Berberis shrubs colour up very well in the fall. They literally glow when the sun hits them.

Berberis in Fall / Sensible Gardening and Living
Berberis / Sensible Gardening and Living

A red hot Bouquet for the adventurous bride. I love it!

Bouquet / Sensible Gardening and Living