Bushes that have red leaves, flowers, and/or berries can add an eye-catching burst of color to any landscape. Many of them are evergreens and will attract several species of pollinators. Grow the smaller red bushes in containers and plant the larger ones in the landscape for non-stop color.
Autumn Embers Encore Azalea Shrub
This azalea will provide fiery red blooms that cover almost the entire bush for three seasons out of the year. This red bush is a re-blooming evergreen with oval green leaves. Use it as a specimen or to create a hedge row. Plant in partial sun and well-draining acidic soil. The mature size will be 3 feet tall and equally as wide. Hardy in zones 6-10.
Regular water Autumn Embers azalea during the first year and fertilize once a year in the spring. Prune immediately after the blooms fade in fall if needed to keep the bush tidy.
Several other azalea varieties will also provide brilliant red colors like the Autumn Bonfire, Autumn Fire, and Hino Crimson.
These red bushes for landscaping are well known for their easy-care and four-season beauty. A native of Japan and China, nandinas are thought to bring good luck. That might be true but they definitely will bring beauty to the landscape.
Some nandina shrubs are open and airy but the Nandina Compacta cultivars are more dense and branchy, with thicker foliage and shorter stature. The Compacta cultivars make ideal hedges or foundation plantings.
Nandinas produce clusters of white flowers in the spring. If those flowers are pollinated, sprays of red berries will develop in the late fall and remain on the bush throughout the winter. The green leaves of the Nandina will change to a brilliant reddish bronze in the fall.
Nandinas are hardy in USDA growing zones 6-11. Plant in full to partial sun. This red bush will reach a mature size of 3-4 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Feed once in the spring. Prune in early spring if needed.
Red Tip Photinia
This bush will provide red and green color in the landscape year-round plus pretty blooms in the spring. Typically used to create a hedge row for privacy, the Red Tip Photinia is a large red bush that will reach a mature size of 10-15 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide.
Plant this red bush in full to partial sun and well-draining soil. Red Tip Photinia must be pruned yearly to keep it healthy and the tips red. Space the bushes out enough when planting to allow for good air circulation between the bushes.
Some varieties of Spirea have vibrant red leaves that will develop different reddish hues throughout the year. Clusters of tiny pink flowers appear in the spring that will attract pollinators.
This red bush will grow in partial shade but the more sun it receives the more vibrant the leaf and bloom color will be and the better the fall leaf display will be. Great for planting in a grouping or as a backdrop plant for annual flowers.
Plant in the spring and space the bushes 3 feet apart. The mature size of Spirea will be 3 feet tall and wide. Feed once in the early spring. Prune after the bush has finished blooming or during the winter when it’s dormant. It’s hardy in zones 3-9 and is not picky about soil conditions.
Dwarf Crimson Fire Loropetalum
This small bush produces fiery red leaves year-round and deep pink blooms that attract pollinators. Dwarf Crimson Fire Loropetalum will reach a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and equally as wide.
It makes an ideal specimen plant or accent plant and it can be grown in a container as well as planted in the ground. It’s hardy in zones 7-9 and prefers to be planted in full sun and well-draining soil.
Water regularly during the first year, then only water during times of drought. Dwarf Crimson Fire Loropetalum will need to be fed 4 times per year - spring, summer, fall, and again in the winter, to help the leaves maintain their deep red coloration.
Prune after the blooms fade to keep the bush looking neat.
Native to Asia, this red bush will provide a burst of fiery red color in the landscape in fall. The Burning Bush shrub will produce tiny flowers in late spring that will develop into hanging sprays of red berries by the end of summer.
Plant this red bush in well-draining soil and a full sun location for the most vibrant red color. It will reach a mature size of 9-15 feet tall and 5-8 feet wide. It will need to be pruned every few years in the early spring to keep it looking neat. Apply fertilizer immediately after pruning.
Hardy in zones 4-8.