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9 Beautiful Red Flowering Shrubs That Make Your Landscape Pop

Red flowering shrubs are a beautiful addition to any garden or landscape, providing a burst of color and visual interest. With their striking hues, these shrubs can be used to create a focal point or to add depth and dimension to your outdoor space.

From deep crimson to vibrant scarlet, red flowering shrubs come in a range of shades and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect one to suit your needs. Today we’ll explore some of the most popular red flowering shrubs, including their growing requirements, maintenance needs, and how to incorporate them into your garden design.

red quince flowers.
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Red Flowering Shrubs You’ll Love

red bottlebrush bush.
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If you’re looking to inject some real drama and vibrancy into your garden, you need to incorporate some red flowers.

Beautiful, scarlet flowers will set your outdoor space ablaze with color throughout the summer. Some red flowering shrubs, like the Scarlet Firethorn and Winterberry, will even produce their glorious blooms/berries throughout the winter months, providing you with a dazzling display of color when most other plants have finished flowering for the year.

There are many different red flowering bushes available. Each of them will produce blooms in different shades, so you might feel overwhelmed by the tricky task of choosing the perfect shrubs for your garden.

To help make things easier, we’ve listed a few of our favorite red flowering shrubs below, along with a useful buying guide that’s packed with hints and tips on what to look for before you make your final decision.

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Encore Azalea Autumn Bonfire (1 Gallon) Red Flowering Shrub - Full Sun Live Outdoor Plant - Azalea Shrub - Rhododendron


1. Azalea autumn fire (Rhododendron ‘Autumn Fire’) 

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This dwarf azalea delivers a striking burst of rich, true red color with semi-double velvety blooms, adding year-round charm to any garden. Its compact size makes it perfect for smaller spaces, while its vibrant blossoms create a stunning focal point.

Ideal for borders, containers, or as a standalone focal point, this azalea provides continuous interest and beauty throughout the seasons.

1 Gallon, Azalea Encore Autumn Embers, Bright Red Blooms

2. Red flowering quince (Japanese quince)

Japanese quince flowers.
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One of the first shrubs to bloom early in the spring, flowering quince is hardy and easy to grow. They’re great for mixed borders, providing early color and a dark evergreen backdrop later.

Older varieties like Super Red, Toyo-Noshiki, and Texas Scarlet produce fall fruits that birds love.

Red Flowering Quince - 3 Gallon

3. Yuletide camellia (Camellia sasanqua)

red camellia flowers.
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Yuletide Camellia (2.5 Quart) Blooming Evergreen Shrub with Red Flowers - Part Shade Live Outdoor Plant

The Yuletide camellia (Camellia sasanqua) is a compact shrub with glossy, dark green evergreen leaves. It features bright red single blooms with striking yellow stamens in winter, attracting birds and butterflies.

Known for its drought tolerance, easy care, and extended blooming season, it makes an excellent accent, border, hedge, or mass planting in woodland gardens. Its upright habit and winter foliage color add seasonal interest, and its flowers are great for cutting.

4. Cherry explosion hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)

red hydrangea flowers.
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Cherry explosion hydrangea

Beautiful colored hydrangea shrub, perfect for creating low hedges, or to add a pop of color to your garden or porch. The blooms of this particular hydrangea plant put on a show from summer all the way through winter. They go from cherry-red to deep pink, then mauve, and finally, dry up.

Get this gorgeous hydrangea shrub from Nature Hills. They also have grateful red hydrangeas, a unique shrub you can’t find in stores.

And if you love hydrangea flowers, here are a few more resources about growing hydrangea shrubs:

5. Texas scarlet flowering quince (Chaenomeles)

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What a beauty! This gorgeous red shrub will attract birds and butterflies, it’s drought-tolerant and will put on a complete show. It works well planted as a focal point, maybe at the front of your property, or close to your front door.

6. Chilean fire bush (Embothrium coccineum)

Perfect for adding privacy to your backyard, this fast-growing bush is great for mild temperature areas. It has beautiful flowers in the summer and greenery in the winter. And while it does best in the sun, it will do well in partial shade too, and once established, drought conditions won’t bother it.  Sadly, firebush is not deer resistant.

7. Red knock out rose shrub (Rosa ‘Knock Out’)

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If you want a burst of red color without a lot of fuss, you must get one of these red knock out rose shrubs.  They bloom from May till the first frost, thrive in all climates, and are disease resistant. Knock out rose bushes produce an abundance of flowers, and I think every garden needs at least a few to add their bright color to the flower beds.

While knockout roses don’t need to be deadheaded, leaving the spent flowers might not look that great. So, if you have some time, go ahead and snip those flowers that are past their prime. Your rose shrub will soon reward you with more showy flowers. These roses bloom from early summer through late summer, making a great addition to any summer garden and landscape.

Learn more about growing roses:

8. Bloom-A-Thon® red re-blooming azalea

red blooming azalea bush.
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This gorgeous reblooming azalea shrub will make you happy all summer long. Blooms first appear in April, and then again in July (they last until the first frost, giving you several months of pretty red blooms). Great planted in borders, but does amazingly well potted up on your porch too!

Red Bloom Everblooming Azalea - Re-Blooming - 4" Pot - Dormant in Winter

9. Lantana (Lantana camara)

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Lantana is a flowering plant native to tropical regions of Central and South America. It is a shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall, with a sprawling growth habit and branches that can become woody with age. Its leaves are dark green and rough-textured, with a serrated edge. The flowers are small and arranged in dense clusters called umbels, which can be pink, yellow, orange, deep magenta red, or a combination of these colors.

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Lantanas have a slightly fruity scent and are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Lantana is a hardy plant that can tolerate a range of soil types, including a slightly acidic soil. It does well in gardens and landscaping in warmer climates.

However, it is also considered invasive in some areas, as it can easily spread and crowd out native plant species. So check if it’s invasive in your area before you plant it.

Red Flowering Shrubs Buyers Guide

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Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide which red flowering shrub would be best for your garden.

Season of interest

One of the most important things you need to think about when you’re looking for a flowering shrub is what season you want it to display its blooms. Do you want it to work in perfect harmony with other plants? Or would you prefer it to stand out all by itself?

Summer flowering shrubs will add a pop of color to your existing garden. However, when the colder months kick in, the blooms will have fallen and the shrub won’t give you any winter interest.

If you would like some winter color as well, choose a red blooming shrub that will give you a showy display throughout fall into winter. This will add color to your garden when most other plants have finished blooming for the year. Camellias are one of these that will bloom in different colors: from deep red flowers to light pink flowers. The dark green leaves provide a nice contrast for this showy shrub.

Red Camellia Japonica Live Plant, Flower Camellia from 10 Inches in Tall

Related: how to care for camellias

Give some thought to foliage when considering the season of interest as well. Evergreen shrubs will give you year-round interest, and provide structure even when they’ve finished blooming.

Deciduous shrubs will be bare over winter, but will often put on a glorious display of autumnal shades before they lose their leaves.


Red is one of those colors that comes in so many different shades that it’s almost impossible to list them all. Some are extremely bright and vibrant, while others are a little more muted and almost dark in color.

Make sure the colors in your garden mix well with the shade of red you wan tot introduce. If you’re after a really dazzling pop of color, then a flowering shrub that produces scarlet or crimson flowers would be best (I have some examples below).

However, if you’re looking for jewel tones to match seamlessly with purples and oranges, deeper shades of red such as maroon and burgundy would be perfect for your planting scheme.


You might also want to think about getting a red flowering shrub that produces fragrant blooms, as this can add an extra layer of interest to the plant.

Flowering shrubs that produce a delicate scent would be best placed near a seating area, where you can enjoy the floral fragrance as you relax and unwind on a sunny day. Consider red roses (red knockout roses are my favorites!), oleander, rhododendron, and viburnum, to name a few.

Some shrubs produce flowers that are very heavily scented, and these are a good choice for incorporating into your borders as the wind will carry their delicious fragrance through the air and all-around your garden.


Where you place your red shrubs in your garden is important. Spend some time monitoring the sunlight in your garden. Any area that gets more than 8 hours of full sun exposure a day will be perfect for a flowering shrub that needs to be planted in full sun.

Likewise, a flowering shrub that prefers shadier conditions will only thrive when placed in an area getting less than 4 hours of sunlight. When you keep the shrub’s preferences in mind, it will reward you with a display of its glorious red blooms in return.


Some flowering shrubs can grow up to 20 feet, so it’s super important to make sure that the area you’re thinking about planting one into has enough space to allow the shrub to grow.

These tall flowering shrubs can steal nutrients from surrounding planting as they grow. They’ll also throw shade on smaller plants placed underneath.

So give some thought to the needs of all the plants in the area. Make sure the shrub you choose doesn’t have a detrimental effect on any existing plants that are part of your landscape.


Finally, think about the amount of maintenance your chosen flowering shrub will need as it grows and matures over the years.

Some will need annual pruning to encourage strong growth. You’ll need to make sure that any dead or diseased branches are removed in order for the plant to grow healthy and strong.

Others don’t need any maintenance at all, and can simply be planted and forgotten about.

It’s all about how much time and effort you’re willing to put into caring for the shrub once it’s planted. If you’re super busy, then a low maintenance flowering shrub may be the best choice.

Likewise, if you’re particularly green-fingered and enjoy spending time in your garden, you may get some pleasure from caring for a shrub that needs a little care and attention every now and again.

More shrubs with beautiful red flowers

red flowering hibiscus shrub.
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Here are a few more ideas of shrubs (by both common names and scientific names):

  • royal red butterfly bush (Buddleja davidii)
  • rose of Sharon (hibiscus syriacus)
  • crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) – if you want deep red blooms, try red dynamite or red rocket myrtles
  • Crimson bottlebrush (callistemon citrinus)
  • grateful red hydrangea (H. macrophylla McKRed)
  • bee balm (Monarda)
  • little John buttlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) – it attracts hummingbirds and bees
Beautiful red flowering shrubs.

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