by Matt Gibson
Want to grow pink flowers in your garden this season? The color pink is delicate, charming, feminine, and sweet. Pink is nice, playful, cute, charming, and tender. Pink reminds one of bubble gum, cotton candy, babies, and little girls. Pink represents friendship, harmony, and approachability, as well as romance, charm, playfulness and tenderness. A plethora of pink blooms in a garden should bring a pleasant smile to the face of those who land their gaze there. Adding pink flowers to your garden beds will help make your garden more relaxing and enjoyable, making you, your loved one’s, and your visitors feel happy and content, perhaps even playful.
The following list compiles the best pink flowers available to gardeners in search of the perfect blooms to beautify their picturesquely pink sanctuary. Also included are a few tidbits about the flowers themselves plus each flower’s preferred zones, soil conditions, and sun and shade needs. This is by no means a complete list of every pink flower known to man, but a selection of what we consider the best flowers that the hue has to offer, curated to help you choose the right flowers for your garden and written to help you learn how to get them flowering successfully, and to help you create a garden that all your neighbors look upon with envy.
Peonies (Paeonia) come in just about every color imaginable but the pink ones are especially rich and lavish. Growing four feet tall and wide, peonies bloom in late spring and come with a wonderful fragrance that attracts butterflies, birds, bees, and other pollinators to your garden’s gate. As the official flowers of married couple’s 12th anniversaries, peonies have come to stand for prosperity in love, and a long and happy marriage. Peonie flowers are easy to grow, easy to care for and Dried peonies are great for crafting and pressing. The foxtrot variety’s blooms have hot pink ruffled petals and orange pollen filled centers. The Golden Sunrise varietal is a soft light pink, and, the sweet shelly variety is a soothingly sweet pink-magenta.
Peonies enjoy zones 3-8 full sunlight and moist, well-drained soil.
The Franz Kafka variety of Dahlia flower is a pale lilac bloom that expands to a large pom pom-like globe. The Kafka Dahlia is just one of many dahlia varieties that are one of the many various shades of pink, in fact you can find dahlia’s in almost every shade of pink imaginable, from soft pink to hot pink and everywhere in between. Plant breeders have made so many dahlia varieties in fact, that there are now dahlias for every color on the spectrum. You can also find dahlias in a slew of different sizes as well, with blooms that vary from three inches to a foot wide (the biggest of which will obviously need stake support to stand up without breaking or bowing the stems). These spherical summer starlets also double as home decor highlights as well, as their blooms tend to survive for a long time after being cut (if properly cared for). When the summer ends, cut the stems a little above ground level and make the blooms the centerpiece of indoor arrangements. If you don’t want to lose your dahlia plants over the winter, dig up and store the tubers to enjoy them all over again next summer
Dahlias function best in zones 8-10 and enjoy full sun exposure and well-drained soil.
Pretty In Pink
Pretty In Pink flowers (Antirrhinum) is the new kid on the block (when it comes to pink perennials). The tubular-shaped blooms are somewhat reminiscent of orchids, but are actually unlike any blossoms. The blooming period for Pretty in pink is exceptionally long, from early summer to the end of fall. Pick the deadheads off to promote more blooming, and enjoy the vast amount of flowers these compact little plants create, as well as the butterflies and bees they attract to your garden to promote pollination. Relatively hardy and easy to grow, Pretty in Pink has even survived winters in certain climates but will not tolerate wet winters. Cuttings survive around 2 weeks indoors.
Pretty in Pink enjoys zones 7-10 and prefers full sun to dappled shade and well-drained soil.
The Catherine Woodbury daylily flower (Hemerocallis) is a perfectly pink (and white) variety of daylily that is at once strikingly subtle, elegant and eye-catching. The daylily is a summer perennial that is very easy to grow and one of the more beautiful pink flowers you can find.
Daylilies enjoy zones 3-9, full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
Usually, we tend to stray away from popular flowers on these color lists as we try to highlight lesser-known flowers that gardeners may not think of when considering what to give garden real estate to, but how could we pass on the towering stalks and hibiscus-like flowers of the hollyhock? Available in many different pink varieties, the hollyhock looks great in any garden.
Hollyhocks thrive in zones 3-8, full sunlight and well-drained soil.
The final pink flower to make our list is the foxglove. Towering above the other plants in your garden, the six foot tall foxgloves, when in bloom, are simply stunning. These garden giants are biennials, so you will not get blooms the first year but the second year blossoming is well worth the wait. Though foxgloves die off after that, they drop plenty of seeds, repopulating themselves without any need for a helping hand. Plus, once you have new foxgloves popping up each year, there will always be some that are ready to flower and draw envious looks from all of your green-thumbed neighbors.
Foxglove flowers like partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.
These six pink standouts are just a small handful of the pink flowers that are available to choose from, but they all have their own reasons for making the cut. Feel free to power pack plenty more pretty pink posies into the picture, but don’t pass on these powerful picks, as they are the perfect pack to make your garden the best on the block.
Want to learn more about growing pink flower varieties for the flower garden?
Better Homes & Gardens covers Pink Flower Garden Ideas
Bourn Creative covers The Meaning of the Color Pink
Bred by Peter Moore covers Antirrhinum Pretty in Pink
David Domoney cover The 14 Best Pink Plants for a More Beautiful Garden
Orchid Republic covers 25 Types of Pink Flowers and Their Meaning
Plant Delights Nursery covers Pink Flowering Plants
The Spruce covers Pictures of Pink Flowers