I don't like bare soil in flower borders, so I'd like to plant some ground cover in the red end of my rainbow border. In the blue/purple section I have vinca, aubretia and campanula, and creeping jenny among the yellow and orange flowers. Can anyone suggest a red-flowered perennial that will cover the ground in a season or two, please? With a decently long flowering season, preferably.
Apart from the usual cotoneasters, there's the prostrate Gaultheria. The foliage turns a bit reddish too at this time of year. The flowers are small, and a bit like Pieris, but the berries are there for ages.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
When you don't even know who's in the team
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
There's also a S.fortunei with red flowers and green leaves - called Akibare, I believe. I've never grown it. Mine makes good ground cover in shade.
If you have neutral to acidic soil, Tropaeolum Speciosum can do well by scrambling across gaps. It's really a climber but very good at scrambling through gaps. A long season of interest. Blue berries with bright red calyces into the autumn. It does well in moist semi shaded areas.
Fragaria x Ananassa Lipstick scrambles everywhere, even in shade. Will stay almost evergreen. Many years ago, I had a small piece. In three years, it covered half of my borders. Luckily, easy to pull out. In hot sun, the flowers can be more dark pink than red though.