Pink is one of the most popular colours in the world of flowers, and this certainly comes as no surprise. Each varying shade of this hue can add a lovely splash of colour to bouquets and vases of cut flowers.
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What do Pink Flowers Mean?
Pink flowers are representative of grace, gentility, femininity and happiness. They are also believed to convey a sense of youth, innocence and joy.
Of course, there are plenty of different kinds of pink flowers, all of which can convey any of the sweet meanings attached to them. Let’s take a closer look at some of them…
List of Pink Flowers
Peonies are a very romantic flower and are commonly used for decorative purposes at weddings all around the world. These blossoms vary in their shade of pink, from very light, to darker, more intense shades.
They bloom best in the spring and summer months but have lush green foliage all throughout the year.
Snapdragon flowers are renowned for being incredibly bright and are available in almost any colour under the sun, including deep pinks. These flowers start blooming all the way at the bottom of their stalks and work their way up. This makes their bloom period quite long.
They tend to stop blooming in the heat of the summer months, but can carry on throughout Autumn if they are well-watered. Find out how to grow snapdragons in your garden.
Hydrangeas are low maintenance and yield incredible results. These plants produce big blossoms that are made up of smaller flowers in beautiful hues of bold colours, including lovely, luscious pinks. With proper care, they will continue to bloom for a long time, and you can even change their colours by adding to the pH of the soil!
Fox Gloves are tall and stately plants and have long been included in gardens for their vertical nature. The tubular pink flowers grow on stems that can reach up to six feet in height, depending on the variety of the plant.
These plants thrive in full sun to partial shade and are quite hardy. The hotter the summers are, the more shade the plant will need.
Also referred to as pink blossoms, cherry blossoms (sakura) are perhaps most recognisable as one of Japan’s biggest tourist attractions. Every year at springtime, the cherry blossom trees bloom in beautiful hues of light pink, which attracts visitors from all over the world.
While these trees are most commonly associated with Japan, owing in part to the fact that it is the country’s national flower, pink cherry blossoms grow in mainland China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Myanmar and Thailand too.
Similar to the Cipladenia, mandevillas are tropical plants that boast beautiful, showy flowers in hues of pink, red or white.
The flowers are trumpet-shaped and reminiscent of hibiscus plants. The mandevilla plant is quite hardy and low maintenance, meaning that its beautiful pink blossoms require very little work.
Considered to be something of a “late bloomer”, Oriental lilies are beautiful flowering bulbs that bloom after Asiatic lilies do. As long as an Oriental lily plant has plenty of sun and good drainage, growing these pink flowers can be an incredibly easy task.
Oriental lilies have thick, rigid stems and strappy leaves coupled with showy flowers. They also boast the largest pink flowers of all true breeds of lilies and thrive in cooler regions. These flowers can tolerate almost all soil conditions, including those that are less than ideal.
Sweet peas are incredibly fragrant and make for excellent additions to gardens and bouquets of flowers. They grow in a variety of colours, including light to darker hues of pink. These flowers are highly suitable for borders, woodland gardens, and arches.
Find out more about these pretty pink flowers in our guide to growing sweet peas.
Roses are the most popular flowers in the world, serving as excellent gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, tokens of thanks and more. They grow naturally in a variety of different shades of pink, including very light to fuchsia. Plenty of rose hybrids have been crafted over the past few decades to produce flowers in perfectly pink shades.
Chrysanthemums – or ‘mums’ for short are one of Autumn’s most popular flowers. They’re also the official birth flower for November. These pink plants grow easily as long as their four core needs of full sun, rich soil, good air circulation and excellent drainage are met. There are hundreds of different varieties of chrysanthemums available, all of which vary in shape and size.
Despite its eccentric name, phlox has been a summery mainstay in gardens for hundreds of years. It owes its popularity to its heady clouds of billowy pink blooms. When phlox trees start to bloom, they generally last for the entire summer season.
They are available in almost every colour of the rainbow, even in the least commonly found shades of blue.
Tulips are celebrated in parts of Europe as being the flowers that mark the end of the winter frost. They carry a long history with the Netherlands, but can actually be traced all the way back to Turkey as a point of origin. While they are known for being tolerant of colder climates, once they start to bloom, it’s believed that Spring has officially begun.
Tulips are symbolic of a deep sense of love and respect and are available in various different hues, including light and dark pinks. Why not add these romantic flowers to your garden by reading our article on how to plant tulip bulbs.
Hibiscus plants are not only useful for producing flowers in varying shades, but they’re also used for medicinal purposes too.
Pink hibiscus flowers will add a tropical flair to any garden and are often used as border plants for landscaping. They can be potted or planted in containers, where they tend to thrive.
Delphinium plants are perennials and are grown for their showy spikes of colourful summer flowers in gorgeous, vibrant shades of blue, white, purple, and of course, pink. These flowers are especially popular in cottage-style and cutting gardens.
While a firm favourite amongst gardeners, delphiniums can sometimes be challenging to maintain. They do best in moist, cool summers but tend to struggle in hot, dry climates.
Pink Evening Primrose
Pink Evening Primrose plants put on a lovely show when they bloom and make for good groundcover. Despite being quite aggressive and rapid in their growth, they look quite dainty. However, they can quickly take over flower beds if they are not properly managed.
These flowers are also known as Pink Ladies. They are native to the South-eastern US and are an attractive wildflower. The plants grow low to the ground and boast beautiful, dark green foliage. The flowers themselves measure about five centimetres across and their petals appear to be completely fused together.
Cosmos are freely flowering annual plants that are quite easy to grow and reach full maturity within two months. These flowers simply require the scattering of seeds in order to grow and are a great choice for those who want to garden but don’t have much time to do so.
These pink flowers sit atop long, slender stems and form a cloud of colour that is not only a beautiful addition to any garden, but also attract the likes of bees, butterflies and birds to the garden. Along with marigolds, cosmos is one of the two October birth flowers.
Azaleas are also commonly known as the “Royalty of the Garden” due to their vibrant, pink, colourful blossoms. The number of unique blossoms, as well as the shape of the petal for each azalea plant, differs depending on the variety of the azalea.
Petunias are one of the most popular flowers for gardens as they are fairly easy to grow and bring great delight to amateur and experienced gardeners alike. Not only do the flowers grow in an array of vibrant colours, some of them are hybrids that feature gorgeous patterning too. They tend to bloom right from the early stages of Spring well into the winter months.
In terms of landscaping, petunias can add a bright pop of colour to the front lawn as they grow very close to the ground. They can also be used as border flowers or can be grown in hanging baskets or containers.
Zinnia flowers are one of the easiest annuals to grow and bring an explosion of colour wherever they go. They bloom from the late Spring months right up until the first frost of Autumn. Butterflies and hummingbirds are quickly attracted to these bright flowers that grow in pink, as well as a number of different colours.
Zinnia plants grow quickly and are reliable, which makes them an excellent choice for first-time flower growers. They are also available in all shapes and sizes, depending largely on the variety of plant concerned.
Native to Northern Africa, Southern Europe and the Middle East, rose campion has now become naturalised in many parts of the United States. These pink blossoms are a firm favourite in any garden as they add a dash of brilliant colour.
Rose campion plants grow naturally on rocky, scrubby hillsides. They grow well in rock gardens, meadows of wildflowers and cottage gardens too.
There you have it, a list of 20 of the prettiest pink flowers you’ll find in gardens all over the world.