Beautiful Pink Flower Types for Your Garden or Next Floral Arrangement
If pink is your favorite garden color, then you’re in luck! Next to green, pink is one of Mother Nature’s favorite colors and there are countless pink flowers and plants to choose from including annuals, perennials, and biennials. When you think of pink flowers, you probably think about roses, tulips, or carnations, but, when it comes to pink flowers, there is so much variety. We’ve rounded up a list of the 100 most popular pink flowers to help you whittle down the selection for your next indoor or outdoor gardening project.
The Meaning and Symbolism of Pink Flowers
Like the color red, pink generally symbolizes love in the language of flowers. However, in flowers, the color pink usually takes on a gentler expression of love than the color red which is usually reserved for expressing a kind of love that is also romantic or passionate.
In floral expressions, pink also has additional symbolic meanings that include happiness, gentleness, affection, sensitivity, friendship, trust, innocence, playfulness, grace, and femininity.
This combination of potential symbolic meanings has made all kinds of pink flowers highly popular for wedding flowers, Mother’s Day bouquets, or for honoring any special woman in a person’s life.
The symbolic meaning of the color pink can also differ depending on the type of flower. For example, pink roses represent gentle affection or admiration, pink carnations represent gratitude, and pink camellias symbolize the feeling of missing or longing for someone. Another popular wedding choice, pink peonies represent long-lasting marriage and love at first sight.
Whether you’re selecting pink flowers for your garden, your wedding bouquet, or a gift, take a moment to find out what they symbolize in the language of flowers, so you’ll know what messages your flowers could potentially communicate.
100 Popular Types of Pink Flowers
1. Abelia (Abelia)
Abelia is a genus of hardy flowering shrub-like plants that belong to the honeysuckle family. They’re prized in gardens for their sweet, fragrant scent and attractive clusters of bell-shaped blossoms that range from white to pink in color. Abelia shrubs require little care and can grow best in USDA hardiness zones 6 through 9. In warmer climates, they are evergreens, but in cooler zones, their leaves will drop and stems will die back during the winter.
2. African Daisies (Osteospermum)
The genus of flowering plants, Osteospermum belongs to a small tribe (Calenduleae) of the Asteraceae (daisy and sunflower) family. Commonly called African daisies, the flowers are, as you might suspect, native to Africa, and they prefer a similarly hot, sunny, and dry climate. If you sow the seeds once it’s warm enough outside, you can grow them in your garden with full sun and well-draining soil. These annuals can grow to be up to 5-feet tall and they blossom with double layers of vivid magenta petals.
3. Allium (Allium)
Allium, the Latin word for garlic, is a genus of flowering plants containing popular culinary delights such as onions, shallots, garlic, leeks, scallions, and chives. Depending on the species and the sulfate content in the soil, alliums can have a garlic or onion-like scent. Depending on the variety, edible alliums are popular in kitchen gardens and less flavorful alliums are prized for their attractive, globe-shaped flower clusters that bloom in a variety of pinks, purples, blues, yellow, and white.
4. Alyssum (Alyssum)
Alyssum, sometimes called sweet alyssum, is a genus of flowers that contains between 100 and 170 species and cultivars. These beauties produce clusters of petite flowers in a range of pinks and purples, in addition to yellow and white. They’re a perfect choice for planting in rock gardens, borders, containers, and even in hanging baskets, as their blossoms will trail and cascade over the edges. Although alyssum does not tolerate frost, the perennial will blossom year after year in warmer climates.
5. Angel’s Fishing Rod (Dierama pulcherrimum)
Dierama pulcherrimum is a species of plant that belongs to the iris family. Commonly called wand flower or angel’s fishing rod, this flowering plant features a long, delicate stem. When adorned with bell-shaped flowers, the stem bows over in an arch resembling that of a fishing rod. This plant’s blossoms nod beautifully in a gentle breeze and range in color from light pink to vibrant magenta and white. Plant angel’s fishing rod in a warm climate where the stems will have room to sway.
6. Asters (Aster)
Aster is a genus of nearly 200 flowering perennials that are commonly referred to as asters. The genus’s name comes from the Greek word for “star” which describes the shape of these plant’s daisy-like blossoms that are both starry and cheerful. They bloom in a variety of colors including a range of pinks, purples, blues, and white. These beautiful blossoms attract butterflies, and the wildflower look of asters makes them a perfect addition to any cottage garden growing in zones 3 through 8.
7. Beardtongue (Penstemon)
The Penstemon genus contains about 250 unusual-looking flowering plants. They have slender leaves and central spikes of flowers. While the blooms vary somewhat between species, many resemble a mouth with two lips and, in some cases, a long, hairy tongue – hence the common name beardtongues. Depending on the species, their blossoms come in a variety of bright colors including pink, red, purple, white, and yellow. These tall blossoms can thrive in growing zones 3 through 9.
8. Bee Balm or Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
A member of the mint family, wild bergamot or bee balm is native to and grows wildly across most of North America. The starburst-shaped blossoms bloom in shades of pink and lavender and are popular among all pollinators, attracting both butterflies and bees to cottage gardens and wild meadows. Wild bergamot also possesses antiseptic properties and has been long-used in poultices and in teas to help combat viral illnesses.
9. Begonia (Begonia)
A popular choice available in summer garden centers everywhere, Begonia is a genus of almost 2,000 flower plants that are known for their showy, ornate blossoms and attractive, deep-green to burgundy foliage. If you’ve purchased begonias for your garden, you’ve likely only scratched the surface of their potential. The begonia’s blossoms range in colors that include just about every shade of pink, coral, peach, orange, magenta, burgundy, and red you can imagine. Just be sure to keep them out of direct sunshine, as it will scorch the leaves.
10. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Dicentra is a genus with eight species of bleeding heart plants. The most commonly grown in gardens is the Dicentra spectabilis which features bluish-green foliage. Dangling from each stem is a row of heart-shaped magenta flower blossoms that feature a single, white-colored pendant that hangs from the blossom’s center. These unusually shaped flowers grow beautifully in shady borders and containers and thrive in hardiness zones 2 through 9.
Bougainvillea is a genus of showy vines that are easily recognizable by their bright pink or magenta-colored bracts – not for their true flowers which are much smaller. Native to South America, these vines can only be incorporated into permanent landscaping along a fenceline or hedgerow in warmer zones 9 and 10. However, bougainvillea is quite versatile, and its vibrant, trailing vines make a striking addition to summertime hanging baskets and planters.
12. Broom (Genista)
Genista is a genus of bushy, flowering, shrub-like plants that are native to the open areas, pastures, meadows, and moorlands of Western Asia and Europe. Genista is commonly referred to as broom plant and most of its species feature bright-yellow blossoms that, when landed upon by an insect, pop open dusting the bug with pollen. Although most genista blossoms in yellow, there are several species and hybrids that feature pink blossoms. These make a great addition to a garden to deter deer and in cutting gardens for use as dried decorative flowers.
13. Butterfly Bush (Buddleja)
Thanks to this plant’s ability to draw in clouds of butterflies with its showy flower cones, it’s commonly called butterfly bush. The Buddleja genus contains about 140 species of mostly shrubs that can grow to be about 16-feet tall. A few species are classified as trees, and these can reach up to about 100-feet tall. The butterfly bush fares best planted in a well-draining, sunny location where it can grow to full size, but they also do quite well in container gardens.
14. Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
Native to Central and Southern Africa, the Zantedeschia genus which is comprised of calla lilies belongs to the Araceae family – not the lily family (Liliaceae). Regardless of their scientific classification, calla lilies, with their trumpet-shaped blossoms, are some of the most elegant flowers you can find. To add a pretty-in-pink look to your garden, plant Zantedeschia rehmannii (pink calla lilies) which are winter-hardy in zones 8 through 10.
15. Camellia (Camellia)
Camellias are native to Southern and Eastern China but are also some of the most popularly grown plants in Japan. The evergreen shrubs have attractive glossy leaves that stay green throughout the year. However, they are most prized for their showy flowers which vary in the layers of ruffled petals and in colors that range from red to pink to white. Pink camellias, in particular, symbolize longing and are often sent to loved ones who are dearly missed.
16. Candytuft (Iberis)
Iberis is a genus of about 30 species of candytuft plants that grow low to the ground and produce pretty “tufts” of white, lavender, or light-pink petals. These flowers are hardy in zones 4 through 8, and with their low profiles, they make a wonderful addition to borders and pathway edges. Candytufts are also a favorite addition for night or moon gardens because their light colors will appear to glow under the moonlight.
17. Canna Lily (Canna)
Canna lilies of the Canna genus are not true lilies but are actually tropical flowers more closely related to plants like birds of paradise. Although these beauties come from the tropics, most cultivars have been developed to grow well in temperate climates, too. Just be sure your garden receives 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day. The name “canna” comes from the Latin word for cane or reed, referring to the plant’s sturdy stalks that are actually used as an agricultural source of nutritional starch.
18. Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Carnations have been well-loved for millennia. They’re thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region due to their early appearance in ancient Greek and Roman literature and art, but their true origin isn’t known because carnations have been so widely cultivated for so many years. The original carnations, Dianthus caryophyllus, bloom in a pinkish-purple hue, but cultivars come in every color of the rainbow. Today, you’ll find fragrant carnations beaming out of just about every floral arrangement and corsage you can find.
19. Cherry Blossom (Prunus)
Cherry blossoms (also called sakura or Japanese cherry) are the flowers of several ornamental – not edible – cherry trees. When in bloom, they create a spectacle that is truly amazing to see as they carpet rows upon rows of cherry trees in delicately fluttering white and pink petals. In a breeze, a cherry tree seems to “snow” white and pink. Cherry blossoms are the national flower of Japan, and their springtime blooming is cause for celebration, sightseeing, tourism, and festivals around the world.
20. Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum)
A favorite for celebrating the fall and winter months, chrysanthemums (also called mums, chrysanths, and Chinese mums) are native to East Asia and Northeastern Europe. Countless species, cultivars, and hybrids exist which gives these blossoms great diversity in appearance. They bloom in every color of the rainbow and just about every shade of pink. Look for mums in all sorts of floral bouquets with a variety of flower head shapes including single, quilled, spider, pompon, disc, anemone, incurve, reflex, cushion, thistle, spoon, and decorative.
21. Clematis (Clematis)
Part of the buttercup (Ranunculaceae) family, Clematis is a genus of about 300 species of flowering woody vines that sprout and climb. They blossom with attractive star-shaped flowers in a variety of colors and petal numbers. Clematis are best planted in shady, moist soil with partial sun and a trellis for climbing. Plant them along a fence, in the back of a flower bed, or in a container with a trellis.
22. Clover (Trifolium)
Clover is the colloquial name of about 300 species of flowering plants that belong to the Trifolim genus of the legume plant family. This genus gets its name from the Latin words for three and leaf and refers to the three-leafed clovers it produces. Various species produce differently colored foliage and small pompon-shaped blossoms in cream, white, or pink. Clover makes wonderful ground cover and will spread rapidly.
23. Cockscomb (Celosia)
Celosia is a genus of edible annuals that bloom with three fairly diverse flower shapes: 1. Plume celosia that has feathery flowers in a flame-shaped crest; 2. Cockscomb which features crests of rumpled-looking flowers that resemble a rooster’s comb; and 3. Wheat celosia that strongly resembles wheat stalks. All three varieties come in fiery shades of pink and can be quite easily started and enjoyed from tiny seeds each year.
24. Columbine (Aquilegia)
The Aquilegia genus contains between 60 and 70 species of blooming plants that are commonly referred to as columbines. Aquila is Latin for eagle and columbine comes from the Latin word for dove. Both names refer to the striking appearance of these plants’ spurred blossoms which are said to resemble an eagle’s talons and/or a circle of pigeons. The columbine’s attractive blossoms usually feature two colors and a grouping of numerous stamens at the center. A favorite pink variety is the Aquilegia canadensis or pink lanterns.
25. Coneflower (Echinacea)
Echinacea is a genus of 10 herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy (Asteraceae) family. They’re commonly called coneflowers but are referred to by their genus name just as often. Coneflowers have a flat, disc-shape and petals that grow downward from the center. The name Echinacea comes from the Greek word for sea urchin and is attributed to the flower’s very spiny, sea-urchin-like center. While they’re grown in ornamental cottage gardens, Echinacea flowers also have a variety of longstanding herbal medicinal uses and are a popular ingredient in tea.
26. Coral Bells (Heuchera)
Heuchera (commonly called coral bells or alumroot) is a genus of plants that are native to North America. They’re evergreens, but coral bells are prized for their brilliantly colored foliage that can range from lime-green to bright pink to deep burgundy. These leafy plants are perfect for adding bright color and texture to any garden or container with a bit of extra space for planting. Additionally, they sprout stalks of delicate flowers that are sometimes pink, too!
27. Cosmos (Cosmos)
With a genus name and common name that invokes images of the starry heavens, cosmos can create a galaxy of color in your garden. They bloom with bright disc-shaped faces in a variety of colors and color combinations, including all shades of pink. Native throughout North and South America, cosmos can thrive in gardens ranging from USDA hardiness zones 2 to 11. You’ll need to plant new cosmos each year since these flowers are annuals.
28. Crabapple Blossom (Malus)
If you’ve ever passed someone’s front yard in springtime and spotted a tree absolutely plastered with papery pink or white flowers, then you were likely looking at a crabapple tree full of blossoms or another one of about 50 species of trees or shrubs that belong to the Malus genus. The color of blossoms, size of fruit, and size of tree or shrub vary depending on the species you plant, but these beauties never fail to disappoint with their stunning floral show.
29. Cyclamen (Cyclamen)
Native to the Mediterranean Basin, Cyclamen is a genus of 23 flowering perennials. Throughout their growing season which starts in fall and ends in early spring, cyclamens produce heart-shaped foliage and clusters of shooting-star-shaped blossoms in all shades of pink and red. These compact flowers do best with lots of sunshine and a well-draining potting mix. When dormant during summer, your cyclamen plants will appear as if they have died. Continue watering them infrequently and resume normal care in autumn.
30. Dahlia (Dahlia)
The Dahlia genus contains 42 species and additional hybrids that are popular for growing in gardens. In the Victorian flower language, dahlias symbolized two people’s lifelong commitment to each other, making them a popular choice for weddings. These perennials have stunning, showy blossoms with brightly colored centers and a seemingly infinite number of petals that will grace your garden throughout summer and fall. Dahlias can be enjoyed in garden beds and containers in hardiness zones 7 through 10 in full sun.
31. Delphinium (Delphinium)
Delphinium, a genus of about 300 species, blossoms ornately from a tall, central raceme that’s covered with spurred, dolphin-shaped flowers – hence the name delphinium which comes from the ancient Greek word for dolphin. Delphinium species and hybrids can vary greatly, blooming in a variety of colors from pink to purple to dark blue. These flowers grow well in flower beds, cutting gardens, cottage gardens, meadows, and containers, where they will create lovely bursts of color starting in spring.
32. False Goat’s Beard (Astilbe)
Astilbe is a genus of flower plants that are commonly called false goat’s beard and false spirea. The plants feature lush, fern-like foliage, but are most loved for their cone-shaped, feathery blossoms that grow in a variety of bright colors, including several shades of pink from blush to saturated strawberry. Additionally, the blossoms of many Astilbe species are quite fragrant. They grow best in wet, shady conditions, making them the perfect adornment at the edge of a pond.
33. Firecracker Flower (Crossandra infundibuliformis)
Native to Sri Lanka and Southern India, the firecracker flower has striking fan-shaped blossoms that stand out against the shrub-like plant’s darker evergreen foliage. The firecracker flower drops seed pods that pop or explode like a firecracker when exposed to high humidity or rainfall. Due to its tropical origins, the plant will become damaged and struggle to survive if the temperature drops below 55 °F; it’s best planted indoors in hardiness zones below 10 and 11.
34. Forget Me Not (Myosotis)
Forget Me Not is the common name for plants in the genus Myosotis which gets its name from the Greek word for “mouse ear” because their slightly fuzzy leaves resemble the shape of the petite mammal’s ears. These flowers produce sweet, little five-petaled blossoms with bright-yellow centers and their pastel colors range from pink to blue. This biennial plant needs two full years to complete its blooming cycle and to reseed. However, once they’re established in a garden, they’ll reseed and bloom abundantly each spring.
35. Foxglove (Digitalis)
Foxglove is the common name for plants from the Digitalis genus, which comes from the Latin word for finger. The plant’s original, German name was fingerhut, which translates to finger hat and refers to the blossoms’ thimble-like shape. Pretty, tubular flowers in shades of pink, purple, white, and even yellow blossom abundantly along the Foxgloves’ towering central steeples which can grow to be up to 6-feet tall! So, they’re perfect for planting at the back of your garden.
36. Freesia (Freesia)
Well-loved for its flowers’ vibrant colors, long vase life, and sweet scent that’s a common ingredient in perfumes, freesia is an absolute must-grow plant in cutting gardens and cottage gardens alike. Available in just about every color of the rainbow, including a range of pinks, freesias not only color the air with their pleasing fragrance but also color your garden. Freesias are also the ultimate floral symbol of trust, making them a favorite for wedding bouquets.
37. Fuchsia (Fuchsia)
Fuchsia is a genus of flowering plants consisting mainly of shrubs, except for one species (Fuchsia excorticata) that is classified as a tree. These plants are most readily recognized by their brightly colored, attractively shaped, pendulous blossoms that most commonly feature fuchsia-colored stamens and matching sepals. These sepals surround the blossom’s deep-purple inner petals. While fuchsias can be planted in the ground, their dangling blossoms are best displayed in hanging baskets.
38. Gaura (Guara)
The genus of flowers, Gaura, is colloquially referred as guara, but is also sometimes called wandflower, bee blossom, or whirling butterfly. With their pretty, star-shaped blossoms, guara plants are low-maintenance and easy to grow as long as they receive plenty of sunshine. They thrive in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9 and will grow as perennials in warmer climates. It’s a wonderful choice for containers or a pollinator’s garden because the butterflies and bumblebees love them.
39. Geranium/Cranesbill (Geranium)
Geranium is a genus containing over 400 species of flowering plants. These geraniums, commonly called hardy geraniums or cransebill (for the shape of their seed capsules) are commonly confused with bedding “geraniums” from the Pelargonium genus, which have thick and waxy succulent-like leaves. Cransebills have soft, fan-shaped leaves, and they blossom with disbursed clusters of delicate, five-petaled flowers in just about every shade of pink, purple, blue, and white.
40. Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera)
Gerbera daisies refer to flowers from the Gerbera genus of plants. They have brightly colored, daisy-like blossoms that bloom in vibrant shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. Depending on the species, a Gerbera daisy’s flower can be anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across. Thanks to their cheerful appearance, they’re popular in spring and summer gardens and in floral arrangements for birthdays, get-well gifts, or any celebratory event.
41. Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa)
Twelve species of flowering plants make up the Gloriosa genus. They are commonly called gloriosa lilies, flame lilies, or fire lilies thanks to the flame-like appearance of their unusually shaped blossoms which are often colored in both yellow and red, magenta, or fiery orange. These climbing, perennial lilies can reach almost 10 feet high. They thrive in zones 10 and 11 but can be successfully stored for winter in cooler climates.
42. Godetia (Clarkia)
Godetia is the now-obsolete genus name for the currently named Clarkia genus of flowers that belongs to the Onagraceae (evening primrose) family. These attractive plants with their silken, pink flowers are still commonly referred to as godetia and sometimes as satin flowers. They produce arrays of striking, vibrant flowers in shades of pink, and some varieties even produce flowers featuring several shades of the rosy hue. These plants can grow to be about 3 feet tall, making them a good choice for garden backgrounds.
43. Hibiscus (Hibiscus)
Hibiscus flowers have a quintessential tropical floral beauty. A member of the mallow family (Malvaceae) this genus of woody shrubs and small trees produce lush foliage and large, showy flowers in warm hues like pink, magenta, red, orange, yellow, and white. In addition to the plant’s visual allure, hibiscus flowers are also used to make tea around the world that’s known for its pretty red color, high vitamin C content, and pleasingly bitter taste. Hibiscus flowers, however, can be difficult to grow outside of a tropical environment with high humidity, warmth, and sunshine.
44. Hollyhock (Alcea)
Like hibiscus plants, hollyhocks also belong to the mallow family. The Alcea genus contains about 60 species of flowering plants that are native to Europe and Asia. Hollyhocks grow in single, unbranching spires that produce broad leaves closer to the ground and clusters of large, brightly colored blossoms along the upper portion of their stems. With their upward reaching stems, hollyhocks symbolize ambition and fruitfulness. They’re a perfect choice for growing along a fence or as a garden bed background.
45. Hyacinth (Hyacinthus)
A springtime garden with hyacinth in bloom is often smelled before it’s seen because these perennial bulbs produce an intensely sweet fragrance. They’re also one of the first plants to blossom in springtime, a welcome reminder that sunny skies are replacing winter weather. Hyacinths feature a sparse cluster of lance-shaped leaves and, from the foliage, produce a central spike of flowers in pink, lavender, blue, or white.
46. Hydrangea (Hydrangea)
The Hydrangea genus contains about 70 flowering shrubs, small trees, and climbing lianas that are commonly referred to as either hydrangea or hortensia. Hydrangeas produce large flowerheads with both showy blossoms and smaller, more subtle blossoms. Naturally, hydrangea flowers are usually white in color, but they can bloom pink, purple, or blue, depending on the soil’s acidity. A pH below 7 produces blue to purple blossoms, and a soil pH above 7 results in red or pink flowers.
47. Impatiens (Impatiens)
The Impatiens genus contains more than 1,000 species of annual plants that produce attractive, colorful flowers. Most commonly, they’re purchased from garden centers during the growing season, but they can also be easily grown from seed or propagated. Impatiens grow compact and close to the ground, making them perfect as container plants, bedding plants, or border plants. Just be sure to keep yours well-watered – especially in hot weather – and plant them in a location that has at least some shade.
48. Jessamines (Cestrum elegans)
The Cestrum elegans is one of an estimated 250 species of flowering plants in the Cestrum genus. These plants are colloquially called cestrums or jessamines for their fragrant, jasmine-like scent. The Cestrum elegans is an evergreen with verdant foliage that can grow to be about 7-feet tall. The jessamine sprouts striking, bulbous clusters of funnel-shaped, reddish-pink blossoms that feature five upturned lobes. Jessamines can be grown in zones 8 through 11. They can spread quite rapidly, so regular pruning is recommended.
49. Knautia (Knautia)
Commonly called widow flower or knautia, Knautia is a genus of flowering plants that have toothed foliage and pincushion-shaped blossoms in shades of light pink, white, strawberry, and deep red. Knautia prefers moderate moisture and full sun. However, their heavy blossoms grow atop skinny stems, so they are best planted in a location where they will be protected from the wind. They blossom from July through September.
50. Lantana (Lantana)
Lantana is a genus containing about 150 species of flowering plants. They’re technically classified as shrubs, but their blossoms grow on trailing, vine-like stems that make them a good choice for planting in hanging baskets, elevated beds, or large containers from which they can trail over the edge. Lantana blossoms with clusters of small flowers that are often a combination of bright colors like pink, orange, purple, yellow, and/or red. They produce a citrus-like fragrance that attracts a variety of pollinators.
51. Lathyrus (Lathyrus)
A member of the legume family, the Lathyrus genus contains about 160 species. Of these, the Lathyrus oderatus or sweet pea is one of the most popular. It’s known for its papery pink blossoms and pleasantly sweet fragrance that’s popularly used in soaps, perfumes, and cosmetics. Lathyrus plants are native to temperate environments around the world and can grow into either bushy or climbing plants.
52. Lilac (Syringa)
Commonly called lilacs, 12 recognized species currently make up the Syringa genus. Lilacs are small trees that blossom in late spring or early summer, producing intensely fragrant clusters of blossoming flowers in shades of lilac-purple, pink, blue, or white. Known for their signature scent, lilacs also have symbolic meanings that depend on the color of blossom. White symbolizes purity and innocence, pink symbolizes love, blue represents happiness and tranquility, and lilac-colored lilacs represent first love.
53. Lionshearts (Physostegia)
Physostegia (commonly called lionsheart) is a genus of flowering plants that’s native to Canada, the United States, and Northern Mexico. As a result, they grow well in just about all hardiness zones in the U.S. They feature long, slender green leaves and sprout an abundance of tubular flowers in pink or purple from a central raceme. Lionshearts can reach up to about 6 feet in height, so they make a great addition to the back of a garden.
54. Lisianthus (Eustoma)
Lisianthus flowers have a reputation for being difficult to grow, but if you live in a warm enough zone (8 to 10) and learn to accommodate their needs, you’ll enjoy the payoff of getting to appreciate their dazzling, layered blooms. Planted from seeds in late summer, they’ll sprout and should reach maturity by the following spring. These popular bouquet flowers are most commonly found with blossoms in shades of pink, purple, white, and cream.
55. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)
Lotus flowers (also sometimes called water lilies) have a mesmerizingly geometric appearance in the way that their petals unfurl. This aquatic plant has deep spiritual symbolism in various cultural and religious traditions. The pink lotus is most strongly associated with Buddhism, representing Buddha’s earthly symbol. The pink lotus’s meaning changes, too, depending on the stage of blossoming. A closed bud represents a person’s spiritual journey, while the fully blossomed flower represents spiritual enlightenment.
56. Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena)
Nigella damascena or love-in-a-mist is a lovely ornamental, flowering plant that has been a favorite showcase in English cottage gardens for generations. The shrub-like plant has feathery, fern-like foliage and elegant starburst-shaped blossoms, stamens, and seed pods. Its common name comes from the appearance of the plant’s flowers which look like they’re blossoming in a mist of delicate, lacy bracts. Love-in-a-mist most commonly blooms in a powdery shade of blue, but it can also be found with blossoms of pink, purple, or white.
57. Lupine (Lupinus)
The genus Lupinus contains just about 200 species of flowering plants that are commonly called lupines. Lupines grow wildly in various locations around the world and can be easily recognized by their palm-like, bluish-silver leaves and tall flower spikes. The flowers are most commonly purple or blue. However, several ornamental species and hybrids offer impressive flower spikes with blossoms in pink, red, gold, and yellow. Lupines are a wonderful addition to cottage gardens and flower beds.
58. Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)
Catharanthus roseus, commonly called Madagascar periwinkle belongs to the Apocynaceae family of flowering plants. It has vibrant foliage and simple, yet stunning pink flowers. If you want pink flowers for your garden beds and ground cover, be careful not to confuse Madagascar periwinkle with its cousin Vinca minor which is commonly called periwinkle and is the plant responsible for the shade of blue we call periwinkle.
59. Magnolias (Magnolia)
The Magnolia genus contains just over 200 plant species. Magnolias belong to an ancient genus with fossilized specimens dating back to 20 million years ago and fossils from the magnolia family (Magnoliaceae) dating back to 95 million years ago. Having evolved before bees, magnolias are designed to be pollinated by beetles and have tough carpels to protect the flower from these heavy insects. Magnolias consist of trees and shrubs that produce showy flowers in pink, white, or a combination of both.
60. Masterwort (Astrantia)
Astrantia is a genus of herbaceous plants that unfurl fanciful flowers that look like something from a fairytale. Commonly called masterwort, Hattie’s pincushion, and melancholy gentleman, these blossoms resemble fireworks with a ring of ovate petal-like bracts that surrounds a cushion of pretty florets. Although masterwort isn’t found in most gardens, it’s well worth adding to yours. Just remember that this perennial prefers a location with plenty of shade and moist soil in zones 4 to 8.
61. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)
Nasturtiums make a fun addition to container gardens and vegetable gardens alike! They attract pollinators like butterflies, and can also draw aphids away from more valuable plants in a naturally growing vegetable patch. They produce leaves that resemble small lily pads and vibrant flowers. Plus, nasturtiums are easy to grow and have edible flowers, leaves, and seed pods. They’re winter hardy in zones 10 and 11, but can be grown annually in cooler climates.
62. Nerine (Nerine)
Nerine (sometimes called spider lily) is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants. Grown from bulbs, they produce strappy leaves in summer and a central stalk of showy flowers in autumn. These late-bloomers are a great addition to any garden that you want to continue enjoying after the final days of summer. They do well in rocky, arid environments, so they’re drought-tolerant and require little care. Plant in zones 9 through 11.
63. Orchid (Orchidaceae)
Orchidaceae is an enormous and incredibly diverse family that contains nearly 30,000 species and 100,000 cultivars and hybrids of flowering plants that are commonly called orchids. Although there are numerous varieties of just pink-colored orchids alone, all orchids are alluring beautiful as every orchid blossom has bilateral symmetry that’s incredibly pleasing to the eye. These plants generally like filtered sunlight, at least moderate humidity, and a well-draining potting mix to keep their roots evenly moist but never soggy.
64. Oriental Poppy (Papaver orientale)
Papaver orientale (commonly called Oriental poppies) is a perennial flowering plant that’s is native to the Caucasus and nearby areas. Grown from seeds, they produce delicate, bright-green foliage and strikingly large and bright flowers with papery petals with dark, purple-black centers. Oriental poppies typically blossom in a vibrant red-orange, but several varieties also bloom in shades of pink that range from a softly muted blush in the papillon pink poppy to a deeper mauve in Patty’s plum poppy.
65. Pansy (Viola tricolor var. hortensis)
The colorful flowers called pansies that we all recognize by their smiling faces are all different hybrids of flowers from the Melanium section of the Viola genus. At their largest, pansies can sometimes grow to about 9-inches tall, and this – in addition to their attractive markings, cheerful flower faces, and bright color combinations – makes them a perfect choice for growing in container gardens or garden borders. Plus, they’re perennials and early bloomers, so they’ll be some of the first flowers to greet you each spring.
66. Peony (Paeonia)
Peony plants are mostly herbaceous perennials that die back and regrow each year. However, some are woody shrubs with kelly green foliage. Peonies are prized for their heavy, highly ornamental blossoms that seem to be filled with endless folds of ruffled pink petals. They’re a popular choice for wedding bouquets and celebrations because they symbolize long-lasting marriage and trust. They’re also easy to grow, and will bloom during the summer in most temperate gardens.
67. Peruvian Lily (Alstroemeria)
Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowers that are all native to South America and can be successfully grown outdoors in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10. A favorite of florists everywhere, Alstroemeria plants are prized for their large, attractive, six-petaled flowers. They bloom in a variety of colors, including numerous shades of pink, and the blossoms usually feature one or two yellow-gold, tiger-striped petals at the center.
68. Petunia (Petunia)
Petunia is a genus containing about 20 species of flowering plants with countless hybrids available at garden centers everywhere. In the full sun of spring and summer, petunias are spectacularly easy to grow. (Without enough sunlight, they’ll grow spindly and won’t produce as many blooms.) These flowers are perfect for garden beds, borders, containers, baskets, and hanging planters as they will begin to trail and hang over the edge. To encourage more blossoms, deadhead your petunias regularly throughout the growing season.
69. Pincushions (Scabiosa)
Scabiosa is a genus of flowering plants in the honeysuckle family that are commonly called pincushions thanks to their fluffy centers with pin-like stamens. These pretty pompon flowers blossom in shades of pink, blue, and purple and attract butterflies. Scabiosas do well in garden beds that receive full sun and have well-draining soil. If your soil tends to get boggy during the growing season or in winter, then it’s best to plant your pincushions in a raised bed.
70. Pink Daffodil (Narcissus)
Narcissus is a genus of flowering plants that produce cheerful, trumpet-shaped blossoms in early spring. Commonly called daffodils, these flowers generally blossom in yellow, white, gold, and combinations of those colors. However, there are some cultivars that feature white petals with delicate pink, blush, or salmon-colored central trumpets. Grown from bulbs, daffodils a perfect perennial choice for a low-maintenance spring garden.
71. Plumeria (Plumeria)
Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants that produce flowers that are both fragrant and lovely to look at. The blossoms emit a stronger perfume at night to attract the sphinx moths that pollinate them. Although the scent of nectar draws in the moths, plumeria flowers do not actually produce any nectar. As a result, the moths pollinate the flowers as they fly from blossom to blossom in a fruitless search for food. Symbolically, plumeria blossoms are important in cultures around the world, representing fertility, grief, death, funerals, and marriage.
72. Primrose (Primula vulgaris)
These delightful plants are easy to grow and add the perfect touch to a cottage garden, borders, beds, flower boxes, or container gardens. The common primrose has a rosette of ovate green foliage that is more or less considered to be evergreen in hardiness zones 4 through 8. The plant produces a central clump of blossoms. In nature, the flowers are usually white or yellow in color, but several hybrids have been developed that blossom in a range of pinks and other hues, too.
73. Protea (Protea)
Protea is a genus of flowering tropical plants that are all native to South Africa. They are a favorite of florists, as the protea’s unusual blossoms add a great wealth of color and texture to floral designs. Protea have oval-shaped foliage and, perched atop tall steps, are otherworldly blossoms that resemble pincushions, artichokes, or a combination of the two. They vary in colors, blossoming in pinks and bright reds in addition to orange and yellow.
74. Prunus (Prunus)
A genus of both shrubs and trees, Prunus species produce stone fruits including almonds, plums, cherries, apricots, nectarines, and peaches. Despite this bountiful harvest, they’re mostly planted in yards for decorative purposes as these fruit trees and shrubs create a beautiful floral display when, each spring, pink or white blossoms almost entirely cover their branches. Growing recommendations vary based on the species of prunus, but prunus plants can thrive in most temperate climates.
75. Rhododendron (Rhododendron)
Rhododendron is a genus of more than 1,000 flowering shrubs and small or moderately sized flowering trees. This genus also contains two sub-genres of azaleas which are not considered to be true rhododendrons. They produce lush, dark-green foliage and an abundance of showy, fluttery blossoms from spring through fall. Rhododendrons can thrive in zones 3 through 11. However, in zones with cooler climates you should plant them in full sun, while in hotter, more tropical zones, rhododendrons should be planted in full shade.
76. Rocktrumpet (Mandevilla)
Mandevilla is a genus of flowering vines commonly called rocktrumpet that are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas. In hardiness zones 10 and 11, Mandevilla vines grow as perennials. They can also be enjoyed as annuals in cooler climates, and they grow exceptionally well in container gardens with a climbing trellis. Just be sure to plant them toward the warmer time of the growing season when all risk of frost has passed.
77. Rose Campion (Silene coronaria aka Lychnis coronaria)
With its silvery-blue foliage and stems contrasted against the bright magenta, pink, and white faces of its blossoms, rose campion is a true stunner in gardens. Thanks to the plant’s slightly wild and less-cultivated appearance, it looks right at home in cottage gardens. However, it can also be quite beautifully incorporated into more manicured flower beds. In hardiness zones 3 through 8, rose campion can thrive in a variety of soil, light, and moisture conditions.
78. Rose Thrift (Armeria meritima)
Armeria meritima (colloquially called rose thrift, thrift, sea pink, or common thrift) is a perennial evergreen that can be grown hardily in zones 3 through 8. This low-growing plant produces clumps of deep-green, grass-like foliage. From late spring through early summer, flowerheads full of tissue-paper-like blossoms develop atop wiry stems in vibrant shades of pink. This plant can thrive in sandy, nutrient-poor soil and is salt-tolerant, making it a wonderful choice for coastal gardens.
79. Rosepink (Sabatia angularis)
Native to the eastern portion of North America, rosepink grows wildly in open areas and blossoms fragrantly throughout summer with pretty posies of pink or white flowers. Sewn from seeds, this biennial will only produce foliage in its first year of growth. However, you can look forward to abundant blooms in the second year and for years to come as rosepink reseeds.
80. Shell Ginger (Alpinia)
Alpinia (commonly called shell ginger) is a genus of tropical and subtropical flowering plants that are native to Australia, Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The plants have beautiful green foliage that is sometimes a deep, solid green and other times variegated in attractive patterns. These ornamental plants produce a unique, grape-like inflorescence with white and pink flowers. Shell ginger can grow outdoors in hardiness zones 8 through 11. Green thumbs in cooler climates can enjoy it, too; shell ginger makes a wonderful houseplant.
81. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Flowering plants of the genus Antirrhinum have blossoms that resemble tiny dragon faces that seem to open and close in a snapping motion when entered by pollinators – hence the common name, snapdragons. Snapdragons of all colors are highly popular plants that are usually grown in garden beds, containers, cottage gardens, and cutting gardens as annuals from seed each year. They have a brief blossom in late spring and early summer.
82. Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)
Commonly called snowberry, ghostberry, or waxberry, Symphoricarpos is a genus from the honeysuckle family that contains just 15 species of deciduous shrubs. Its genus name comes from two Greek words that mean “to bear together” and “fruit.” This refers to the tightly packed berries the plant produces. This showy fruit is usually either pink or white in color, and it gives the shrub the appearance of being heavily bedecked in baubles.
83. Soapworts (Saponaria)
Saponaria (commonly called soapwort) is a genus of flowering plants (some perennials and some annuals) that’s native to Asia and Europe. In hardiness zones 3 through8, soapwort produces a bed of lovely green foliage and a fragrant blanket of vibrant, pink flowers when in bloom from late spring through early summer. Use them for ground cover or plant in containers where they can hang over the edge but without spreading.
84. Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea)
Despite its common name, society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea does not belong to the Allium plant genus like true garlic and a variety of onions. However, the two plants do both belong to the Amaryllidaceae plant family, and society garlic can be used as a substitute for chives and garlic in cooking. Society garlic produces a clump of grassy, vivid-green foliage from which green spires arise where small pinkish-purple, tubular, star-shaped flowers blossom.
85. Spider Lily (Lycoris)
The Lycoris genus contains an estimated 20 to 30 species of flowering plants that are commonly called spider lilies. These bulb-producing perennials feature highly ornate blossoms with filament sepals and spindly petals in vivid hues of pink, red, and orange. Hardy in zones 7 through 11, spider lilies will be showstoppers in any garden.
86. Stock (Matthiola)
Matthiola is a genus of flowering plants that belongs to the Brassicaceae (mustard) family. Although certain species have their own colloquial names, all members of this genus can be commonly referred to as stock. Stock flowers produce foliage with finger or comb-like edges and central spires of attractive four-petaled flowers. A popular choice for cutting gardens and floral bouquets, stock blossom in a variety of colors including light and saturated pinks, red, white, cream, yellow, burgundy, peach, purple, and lavender.
87. Stonecrop (Sedum)
A large genus of flowering leaf succulent plants, Sedum contains about 500 species. Commonly called stonecrop, sedum plants can store water in their leaves and are drought-tolerant. They do well in well-draining gardens in mostly arid environments. Certain stonecrops are cold-tolerant but cannot withstand intense heat, while others are heat-tolerant but cannot withstand cold. They produce a wide array of succulent foliage which ranges from green to pink in color and blossoms can be yellow, orange, pink, and red.
88. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)
Native to Southern Italy, Sicily, and the islands of the Aegean, sweet pea is a species of the Lathyrus genus of the legume plant family. It’s known for its sugary sweet perfume and lovely petals that seem to be tie-dyed with soft pink and deep magenta. Sweet peas like full sun and loamy soil. They can be grown as annuals just about anywhere. In zones cooler than 7, however, it’s best to start them early indoors and not take them outside until there’s no risk of frost.
89. Tuberose (Agave amica)
Originally native to Mexico, the Agave amica or tuberose is frequently used in perfumes but is also a favorite for ornamental planting. They produce tall racemes with numerous blossoms and are a favorite for cutting gardens, borders, and backdrops. Tuberoses commonly blossom in white and cream colors, but certain hybrids do offer varieties with blushing blossoms in delicate shades of pink.
90. Tulips (Tulipa)
The tulip is a worldwide favorite flowering bulb with a long history of high value and trade. The tulip served as a symbol for the Ottoman Empire and was even used as currency for a time in the Netherlands. Tulips also served as a sign of wealth when families could afford to use their garden space for growing flowers instead of vegetables. Thanks to their long-standing popularity, there is an immense variety of tulips in all colors, shades, and variegated combinations.
91. Turtlehead (Chelone)
Four species of herbaceous perennial turtlehead species comprise the Chelone genus of plants. All are native to North America, and they feature quaint clusters of blossoms in pink, red, purple, or white in the shape of a turtle’s beak. This clump-forming perennial blooms in autumn in hardiness zones 4 through 8.
92. Urn Orchid (Bletilla)
Bletilla, commonly called urn orchid, is a genus of only five species of orchids. These orchids are terrestrial, meaning they grow in the ground, unlike other orchids which are epiphytes and grow from the bark of trees. Although they are sensitive to frost and having their roots sit in water through the winter, compared to other orchids, urn orchids are surprisingly hardy and can survive in zones 5 to 9.
93. Verbena (Verbena)
About 250 species of perennial and annual flowering plants comprise the Verbena genus. All species of verbena are native to the Americas and Asia with the exception of one species native to Europe. Verbena plants produce cloud-like clusters of small blossoms in pink and purple hues. They’ll produce numerous flower heads throughout the summer if they’re planted in a sunny and relatively dry location.
94. Veronica Spicata (Veronica Spicata)
Veronic spicata produces spiky, green foliage and pollinator-attracting flower spikes that can grow to be up to 1-foot tall in pink, blue, white, or purple flowers. Overall the plants reach about 3 feet in height, which makes them the perfect addition to the back of a garden to create a splash of color and texture that draws the eye upward. Grow them in hardiness zones 3 to 8.
95. Violets (Viola)
Up to 600 species of flowering plants make up the Viola genus, the largest genus in the violet family (Violaceae). The genus is made up of a combination of annual and perennial plants and a few shrubs. Violets are simple to grow and a classic choice for garden beds, borders, and containers. They blossom in an assortment of colors, including pink of course, and have numerous cultivars and hybrids (pansies) that can add even more variety.
96. Water Lily (Nymphaeaceae)
Fifty-eight species of three genres of flowering plants make up the water lily family (Nyphaeaceae). These aquatic plants are native to both tropical and temperate regions of the world and many have been cultivated for ornamental use in decorative ponds. They produce broad leaves called lily pads and showy flowers with pointed leaves arrayed in a highly geometric pattern.
97. Waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum)
Waxflowers are a perennial shrub in the myrtle family. Fast-growing waxflower shrubs quickly reach their maximum size of about 4 to 6 feet around and 4 to 6 feet in height. They’re perfect for filling in a neglected corner of the garden with white or pink flowers from late spring through summer. The flowers also last a surprisingly long time after cutting, making this plant a favorite for cutting gardens and florists.
98. Windflower (Anemonoides nemorosa)
Anemonoides nemorosa commonly called the woodflower or windflower is a flowering plant in the buttercup plant family (Ranunculacaea). Like buttercups, they blossom early in spring when they produce striking, star-shaped flowers that stand out against lush, green foliage in soft shades of pink, yellow, and white. For abundant blossoms each year, cut back your windflower’s growth each autumn.
99. Wisteria (Wisteria)
Ten species of woody, climbing vines makeup the Wisteria genus. They are native to parts of East Asia and the Eastern United States. These attractive vines climb up trees, lattices, and trellis where they produce create an ethereal draping of pinnate plumes of blossoms in shades of pink, mauve, lilac, lavender, periwinkle, and white. These beauties are winter hardy in zones 4 through 9.
100. Zinnia (Zinnia)
Zinnia is a genus of flowering plants that are native to areas stretching from the Southwestern United States into South America. With blossoms ranging from saturated to muted colors and a variety of flower shapes including button, pompon, and disc, zinnias offer a wide variety of options for planting in containers, borders, and garden beds. Symbolizing endurance and lasting friendship, they’re also a popular choice for wedding bouquets.
So Many Pink Flowers, So Little Garden Space!
There are so many pink flowers to choose from that making selections for a garden with limited space can sometimes feel overwhelming. When choosing which pink flowers to include in your garden, first consider your hardiness zone and the amount of work you want to put into your garden. For the most beautiful gardening results, make selections based on your environment and each plant’s care requirements.
Pink Flowers FAQ:
What do pink flowers symbolize?
In the language of flowers, the color pink most commonly holds symbolic meaning and association with happiness, gentleness, affection, sensitivity, friendship, trust, innocence, playfulness, grace, and femininity. The symbolic meaning of the color pink can also differ depending on the type of flower. For example, pink roses represent gentle affection or admiration, pink carnations represent gratitude, and pink camellias symbolize the feeling of missing or longing for someone. Another popular wedding choice, pink peonies represent long-lasting marriage and love at first sight.
What are the most suitable gifting occasions for pink flowers?
Many types of pink flowers are highly popular for wedding flowers, Mother’s Day bouquets, birthdays, anniversaries, or for honoring any special woman in a person’s life.
What kinds of flowers are pink?
Pink flowers cover a broad and diverse spectrum of annuals and perennials native to many different regions and growing zones.
Are pink flowers rare?
Plants that produce pink flowers are relatively common compared to some other colors such as purple.
What is the meaning and symbolism of the color pink?
Like the color red, pink generally symbolizes love in the language of flowers. However, in flowers, the color pink usually takes on a gentler expression of love than the color red which is usually reserved for expressing a kind of love that is also romantic or passionate.