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Pink plants for your garden

By: Angie Coyier
There are so many plants in different shades of pink that there’s sure to be one to suit your taste – check out our gallery to see 12 of our favorite pink plants!

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The many shades of pink

Pink is a conflicting combination of fiery and passionate red with the innocence and purity of white. Perhaps this explains why there are so many variations of pink available. The light tender blush pinks are often associated with romance and sweetness and set a tranquil mood. On the opposite end, with their red undertones, the hot fuchsias and strong magentas stimulate and demand attention even from afar.

In the garden, likely due to its abundance, pink plants can be easy to use. It is one of the most common flower colors, especially in the early summer cottage garden. And pink is friendly — in color theory, pink is referred to as a “linking color,” acting as an intermediary to forge connections between other stronger shades, such as blue or purple and red.

Pink-plants-for-your-garden-monochromatic-planting: In a monochromatic planting like this, mixing different flower shapes of tulips and dianthus adds interest.

Put pink plants to work in the garden

Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of pink plant options out there. Narrow your focus by choosing mood and impact. Then consider function — shocking focal point, cut flower or border theme are just a few examples to get you started. With so many choices, you’re sure to find that ideal bold statement or delicate touch just right for your garden.

Mix and match shapes in your pink garden

There are many variations of pink to add great depth and interest to a design. In the garden bed above, the color pink acts as a unifying theme, connecting a variety of different flowers. Since there are no distractions from competing colors, the focus can be on color value, texture and shape. The tulips (Tulipa hybrid) stand broad and proud supported by the finer dianthus (Dianthus hybrids).

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Pink-plants-for-your-garden-planting-tips: This planting contains both the saturated red-toned pinks and the lighter pastel pinks.

Use pink plants in your garden border

Remember basic design strategies as you incorporate pink into your border — accent colors, layers of short-to-tall plantings and a repeating base color. This planting displays pink’s flexibility because it contains both the saturated red-toned pinks and the lighter pastel pinks. The darker pinks are repeated in both the front and back of the border while the pastels dance across the midlevel. This thoughtful combination creates a visually appealing border.

Plants with pink flowers & foliage

If you can’t get enough of this versatile color, you’re in luck. There are so many plants in different shades of pink that there’s sure to be one to suit your taste. Check out the gallery below to find some new pink plants to add to your garden’s palette.

Petchoa (Petchoa SuperCal® Neon Rose)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Bright pink flowers with a yellow throat from spring to fall Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 10 to 14 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 9 to 11

Bee balm (Monarda didyma ‘Pardon My Pink’)

Type Perennial Blooms 2½ to 3 in. pink flowers in midsummer, deadhead for a light rebloom Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil but tolerates clay Size 10 to 12 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose‘)

Type Perennial Blooms Rose-pink flowers in late spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to lean soil; drought-tolerant Size 9 to 12 in. tall, 9 to 15 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya Splash Pink)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Green-spotted pink foliage Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 6 to 12 in. tall, 6 to 8 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 10 to 11

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Pink Elephant’)

Type Bulb Blooms Fragrant pale-pink flower spikes in spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 8 to 12 in. tall, 3 to 5 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Astilbe (Astilbe Younique™ Silvery Pink)

Type Perennial Blooms Fluffy pale pink flowers in early to midsummer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Best when grown in moist soil Size 16 to 20 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 9

Caladium (Caladium ‘Florida Sweetheart’)

Type Tender bulb Blooms Deep-pink leaves with a green edge Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 7 to 12 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 9 to 11

Perilla (Perilla ‘Magilla’)

Type Perennial Blooms Insignificant white flowers in late summer, magenta, green and white leaves Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 2 to 11

Oriental lily (Lilium ‘Star Gazer’)

Type Bulb Blooms Pink and white fragrant flowers in midsummer Light Full sun Soil Well-drained Size 24 to 48 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 10

Wheat celosia (Celosia spicata ‘Pink Candle’)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Soft pink and white spikes in summer Light Full sun Soil Well-drained; drought-tolerant Size 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 10 to 11

Dwarf flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa ‘Sinensis’)

Type Shrub Blooms Double pink to pale-pink flowers in spring, also sold as ‘Rosea Plena’ Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Hellebore (Helleborus ballardiae HGC Pink Frost)

Type Perennial Blooms White, pink and deep-pink flowers on burgundy stems in late winter to early spring Light Part to full shade Soil Well-drained Size 12 to 15 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 5 to 9

Dianthus (Dianthus Scent First® Pink Fizz)

Type Perennial Blooms Fragrant double pink flowers in spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained; drought-tolerant Size 6 to 12 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 5 to 9

Yarrow (Achillea ‘Saucy Seduction’)

Type Perennial Blooms Rose-pink flowers fading to softer shades from early to midsummer; less likely to fall open in the center than older cultivars Light Full sun Soil Prefers dry soil Size 18 to 24 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 3 to 8

Petchoa (Petchoa SuperCal® Neon Rose)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Bright pink flowers with a yellow throat from spring to fall Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 10 to 14 in. tall, 12 to 18 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 9 to 11

Perilla (Perilla ‘Magilla’)

Type Perennial Blooms Insignificant white flowers in late summer, magenta, green and white leaves Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 2 to 11

Bee balm (Monarda didyma ‘Pardon My Pink’)

Type Perennial Blooms 2½ to 3 in. pink flowers in midsummer, deadhead for a light rebloom Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained soil but tolerates clay Size 10 to 12 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Oriental lily (Lilium ‘Star Gazer’)

Type Bulb Blooms Pink and white fragrant flowers in midsummer Light Full sun Soil Well-drained Size 24 to 48 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 10

Salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘Sensation Rose‘)

Type Perennial Blooms Rose-pink flowers in late spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained to lean soil; drought-tolerant Size 9 to 12 in. tall, 9 to 15 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Wheat celosia (Celosia spicata ‘Pink Candle’)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Soft pink and white spikes in summer Light Full sun Soil Well-drained; drought-tolerant Size 2 to 3 ft. tall, 1 to 2 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 10 to 11

Polka-dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya Splash Pink)

Type Tender perennial (usually grown as an annual) Blooms Green-spotted pink foliage Light Part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 6 to 12 in. tall, 6 to 8 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 10 to 11

Dwarf flowering almond (Prunus glandulosa ‘Sinensis’)

Type Shrub Blooms Double pink to pale-pink flowers in spring, also sold as ‘Rosea Plena’ Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 4 to 5 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis ‘Pink Elephant’)

Type Bulb Blooms Fragrant pale-pink flower spikes in spring Light Full sun to part shade Soil Well-drained Size 8 to 12 in. tall, 3 to 5 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 8

Hellebore (Helleborus ballardiae HGC Pink Frost)

Type Perennial Blooms White, pink and deep-pink flowers on burgundy stems in late winter to early spring Light Part to full shade Soil Well-drained Size 12 to 15 in. tall, 18 to 24 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 5 to 9

Astilbe (Astilbe Younique™ Silvery Pink)

Type Perennial Blooms Fluffy pale pink flowers in early to midsummer Light Full sun to part shade Soil Best when grown in moist soil Size 16 to 20 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 4 to 9

Dianthus (Dianthus Scent First® Pink Fizz)

Type Perennial Blooms Fragrant double pink flowers in spring Light Full sun Soil Well-drained; drought-tolerant Size 6 to 12 in. tall, 9 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 5 to 9

Caladium (Caladium ‘Florida Sweetheart’)

Type Tender bulb Blooms Deep-pink leaves with a green edge Light Full sun to part shade Soil Moist, well-drained Size 7 to 12 in. tall, 10 to 12 in. wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 9 to 11

Yarrow (Achillea ‘Saucy Seduction’)

Type Perennial Blooms Rose-pink flowers fading to softer shades from early to midsummer; less likely to fall open in the center than older cultivars Light Full sun Soil Prefers dry soil Size 18 to 24 in. tall and wide Hardiness Cold hardy in zones 3 to 8

Published: Oct. 29, 2019
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