Red shade perennials can add a striking touch of color to gardens with limited sunlight, creating an attractive contrast to the green foliage that typically dominates shady areas. These eye-catching plants not only bring life to your garden, but they are also low maintenance and able to thrive in partial shade without much fuss, making them ideal for busy gardeners.
Top 5 Red Shade Perennials
These red blooming perennial flowers are perfect for adding a pop of color to your partially shaded garden. While it’s hard to find red flowering plants that thrive in full shade, many will tolerate partial or light afternoon shade.
1. Coral bells (Heuchera)
Coral bells is a stunning plant that adds beauty and vibrancy to any garden or landscape. The leaves of this plant are heavily ruffled and form a low, mounding habit, making it an ideal choice for ground cover or border planting.
Coral Bells thrive in full sun to full shade, making them versatile and adaptable in a variety of conditions. They are hardy in zones 4-9.
Coral bells are easy to grow, low maintenance, and provide year-round color, making them a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike.
Here are some of my favorite varieties with red flowers of leaves:
2. Bleeding heart vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)
The bleeding heart vine produces vibrant red and white heart-shaped showy flowers. This plant prefers partial to full shade and is hardy in zones 9-11, making it an excellent choice for warm and tropical climates.
It grows best in well-drained soil that is kept consistently moist, and it benefits from regular fertilization.
There’s another bleeding heart plant that loves the shade: it’s called fern-leaf bleeding heart (Dicentra).
3. Sea thrift (Armeria maritima)
Armeria maritima is a hardy, red perennial that prefers full sun to light shade and can withstand rough conditions such as wind and rain.
It has narrow, grass-like foliage and round, compact fluffy flowers that bloom in early summer and attract pollinators. It is a low-maintenance plant that can add a pop of color and interest to your yard.
4. Astilbe ‘Red Sentinel’ (Astilbe japonica)
Astilbe is a hardy perennial that produces striking red flower plumes in mid to late summer. It thrives in partial to full shade and is hardy in zones 4-9.
The foliage is deep green and fern-like and the flowers attract pollinators. It prefers moist, well-drained soil and benefits from regular watering and organic mulch.
Rhododendron is a popular shrub with clusters of flowers that come in a variety of colors including pink, purple, red, white, and yellow. It grows best in partial shade to full sun and is hardy in zones 4-9, depending on the variety.
This plant prefers well-drained soil that is acidic and rich in organic matter. It is a low-maintenance plant that can add color and texture to any landscape, especially in those sunless spots around the yard.
Plant any of these red perennials to create stunning, colorful displays in your shade garden. And if you love red, check out my post about red flowers for every season.
Plants That Look Great Mixed With Red Colored Perennials
You can create stunning garden displays by adding complementary or contrasting plants to your red-colored shade perennials.
Consider adding plants with contrasting foliage colors (silver or dark green leaves come to mind, or variegated foliage), to create visual interest. Also, mix plants that bloom at different times to help extend the color display throughout the gardening season.
Remember to consider height variations when designing your garden, ensuring that taller plants do not overshadow or crowd the smaller ones. By carefully selecting and arranging the right combination of plants, you can create a dynamic and visually appealing garden that showcases your beautiful red-shade perennials.
Here are some colorful shade plants that pair well with red flowers:
- 9 perennial blue flowers for shade
- 10 purple shade perennials
- 10 yellow perennials for shade
- 9 pink shade perennials
- 9 white perennial flowers that love the shade
Red shade perennial flowers offer a stunning burst of color to any shady garden spot. While most plants don’t love the deep shade, many plants enjoy a bit of shade, and some of them thrive in partial shade. Have fun adding some of these beautiful flowers to a shady corner of your yard and watch them put on a show for you and your family.
Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below: