If I could choose only one flower color to have in my garden, without question it would be pink. Few other colors offer so much versatility, offering hues ranging from pale blush to eye-popping magenta and every shade in between. Pink blooms also come in both warm and cool color tones, allowing you to pair them successfully with almost any other color in the garden, including unexpected combinations like hot pink and bright orange. Even a monochromatic pink garden can offer plenty of interest, especially if you include a variety of pink shades and choose plants with different bloom times that will take you from early spring through fall.

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ANNUALS WITH PINK FLOWERS

Angelface® Cascade Pink angelonia. Photo by: Proven Winners.

ANGELONIA

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(Angelonia spp. and hybrids)

Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Late spring through fall
Height/Spread: 1 to 3 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

Also known as summer snapdragon, Angelonia blooms nonstop from late spring through fall, even through midsummer heat. The upright spikes of delicate tubular flowers come in an array of colors, including many gorgeous shades of pink, rose, and raspberry. Learn more about growing angelonia.

Surefire® Rose begonia. Photo by: Proven Winners.

BEGONIA

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(Begonia x benariensis)

Exposure: Sun or shade
Bloom time: Planting until frost
Height/Spread: 12 to 24 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide

If you’re looking for a pink bloomer that will thrive in both sun and shade, this beguiling begonia is the perfect choice. Not only is it covered with clusters of rosy pink flowers from spring through fall, it also features attractive bronze-green foliage. Although classified as an herbaceous perennial, begonias are usually grown as annuals. Learn more about growing begonias.

Superbells® Doublette Love Swept™ calibrachoa. Photo by: Proven Winners.

CALIBRACHOA

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(Calibrachoa hybrids)

Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Planting until hard frost
Height/Spread: 6 to 12 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches wide

Fully double, deep pink flowers with white margins bloom on cascading stems making this plant a showy addition to hanging baskets and window boxes. The flowers are self-cleaning, so there’s no need to deadhead to keep the blooms coming all season long. Learn more about growing calibrachoa.

'Sea Shells' cosmos. Photo by: Janet Loughrey.

COSMOS

(Cosmos bipinnatus)

Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Early summer until frost
Height/Spread: 1 to 4 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide

This cheerful, low-maintenance annual produces an abundance of daisy-like flowers all summer long and is a great addition to the cutting garden because regular harvesting stimulates even more blooms. Some varieties, such as ‘Sea Shells’, feature pretty fluted petals.

Rockapulco® Rose double impatiens. Photo by: Proven Winners.

IMPATIENS

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(Impatiens walleriana)

Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Late spring until frost
Height/Spread: 6 to 12 inches tall, 12 to 24 inches wide

This superstar of the shade garden comes in a dizzying array of choices, including variegated forms and single- and double-flowered varieties. Newer cultivars are also mildew-resistant so you can rely on them to bloom like crazy all summer long. Another herbaceous perennial that is generally grown as an annual. Learn more about growing impatiens.

Supertunia Vista® Bubblegum® petunia. Photo by: Proven Winners.

PETUNIA

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(Petunia hybrid)

Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
Bloom time: From planting until frost
Height/Spread: 1 to 2 feet tall, trailing up to 4 feet

Bright pink petunias in a container or hanging basket add instant curb appeal to a sunny porch or patio. You can also use them in garden beds and borders to create a colorful floral carpet. Supertunias are bred to be sterile so they’ll bloom profusely all season, even without deadheading. Learn more about growing Supertunia® petunias.

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ZINNIA

(Zinnia spp.)

Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Late spring until frost
Height/Spread: 6 inches to 4 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

One of the easiest flowers to grow, Zinnia come in a wide range of colors and forms, including single, semi-double, and voluptuous double blooms. These sun lovers are heat and drought tolerant, too, and have sturdy stems that make them ideal for cut flower arrangements. Learn more about growing zinnia flowers.

PERENNIALS WITH PINK FLOWERS

Fall in Love® 'Sweetly' Japanese anemone. Photo by: Proven Winners.

JAPANESE ANEMONE

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(Anemone hybrid)

Zones: 4-8
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Late summer to early fall
Height/Spread: 20 to 26 inches tall, 24 to 30 inches wide

This pretty fall bloomer features plush, semi-double flowers that rise above mounds of deep green foliage. Fall in Love® 'Sweetly' spreads slowly through rhizomes (and with less aggressive seeding than traditional varieties), and will create the greatest impact when allowed to grow en masse. Anemone can also reseed, and can be invasive in some areas. Learn more about growing anemone plants.

Delft Lace hybrid astilbe. Photo by: Proven Winners.

ASTILBE

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(Astilbe spp. and hybrids)

Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Partial shade to shade
Bloom time: Early blooming varieties emerge in spring; late-season bloomers hold off until midsummer.
Height/Spread: Varies, depending on the variety

With plume-like flowers that grow up to 2 feet tall, Astilbe adds both height and vibrant color to the shade garden starting in early spring and continuing through summer if you plant varieties with different blooms times. Even when not in bloom, their fern-like foliage remains attractive all season. Learn more about growing astilbe plants.

'Pink Diamonds' fern-leaved bleeding heart. Photo by: Proven Winners.

BLEEDING HEART

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(Dicentra hybrids)

Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Partial shade to full sun
Bloom time: Late spring to early fall
Height/Spread: 12 to 16 inches tall, 16 to 18 inches wide

Unlike other bleeding hearts, this reblooming variety thrives in full sun and won’t die back in the summer heat, giving you loads of dainty pink blooms from late spring into fall. The finely cut blue-green foliage is attractive, too, and the perfect complement to the pale pink flowers. Learn more about growing bleeding heart plants.

Paradiso Pink chrysanthemum. Photo by: Proven Winners.

CHRYSANTHEMUM

(Chrysanthemum grandiflorum)

Zones: 5-9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: September until frost
Height/Spread: 1 to 3 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

Although Chyrsanthemum is perennial and best planted in spring, they are often sold as annuals in fall to replace worn-out summer-blooming plants. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and forms, but be sure to select plants labeled as "garden mums." Varieties sold at florists are not intended to be cold hardy. Learn more about growing mums.

Double Coded™ 'Raspberry Beret' coneflower. Photo by: Proven Winners.

CONEFLOWER

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(Echinacea hybrids)

Zones: 4-8
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Mid to late summer
Height/Spread: 18 to 20 inches tall, 22 to 24 inches wide

Although commonly called purple coneflower, Echinacea also comes in a variety of pink shades, including salmon, rose, raspberry, and magenta. Cultivars with fully double central cones, such as this one, are especially showy and look like they are sporting frilly pink caps. Learn more about growing coneflower.

Fruit Punch® 'Raspberry Ruffles' coneflower. Photo by: Proven Winners.

DIANTHUS

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(Dianthus hybrids)

Zones: 4-9
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Early summer, early fall
Height/Spread: 8 to 10 inches tall, 12 to 14 inches wide

Sometimes called “pinks” because of their serrated petals, dianthus flowers are a must for any pink-themed garden. Varieties with large double blooms look similar to pink carnations and are great for summer bouquets. Many dianthus will flower again in fall if given a quick shearing after the first flush of blooms. Learn more about growing dianthus plants.

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HOLLYHOCK

(Alcea rosea)

Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: June to August
Height/Spread: 6 to 8 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

A cottage garden favorite, featuring tall spikes of hibiscus-shaped flowers that bloom all along the stems from mid to late summer. Although most varieties are biennials, they will readily reseed year after year to give you many seasons of pretty pink blooms. Learn more about growing hollyhocks.

Spring Bling™ 'Pink Sparkles' phlox. Photo by: Proven Winners.

PHLOX

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(Phlox hybrid)

Zones: 3-8
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Mid to late spring
Height/Spread: 4 to 8 inches tall, 24 to 28 inches wide

Covered with soft baby-pink flowers in spring, this beautiful groundcover is the perfect plant to carpet hillsides and garden borders. Although full sun is essential for good performance, this tough perennial has low water needs and is drought tolerant once established. Learn more about growing phlox flowers.

PINK FLOWERING SHRUBS

Perfecto Mundo® Double Pink reblooming azalea. Photo by: Proven Winners.

AZALEA

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(Rhododendron spp.)

Zones: 6-9
Exposure: Sun or part shade
Bloom time: Spring through mid-fall
Height/Spread: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide

If you’re looking for a compact shrub that provides multiple seasons of interest, this repeat blooming azalea is the ideal choice. It’s covered with double pink blooms in spring, when other azaleas bloom, but then after a brief rest, begins blooming again in midsummer and continues through frost. Plus, the evergreen foliage remains attractive year-round. Learn more about growing azaleas.

Beyond Pink'd® bluebeard. Photo by: Proven Winners.

BLUEBEARD

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(Caryopteris incana)

Zones: 7-9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Late summer through mid-fall
Height/Spread: 24 to 30 inches tall and wide

This charming pink-flowered bluebeard produces tons of pompom-like blooms arranged all along the length of the stems. No deadheading is needed for continual bloom, and the seedpods that remain after the flowers fade can provide ornamental interest or be used in dried flower arrangements. Learn more about growing bluebeard.

Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® hydrangea. Photo by: Proven Winners.

HYDRANGEA

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(Hydrangea arborescens)

Zones: 4-8
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Summer through fall
Height/Spread: 30 to 36 inches tall and wide

A repeat-blooming hydrangea that bears deep mauve-pink flowers all the way until frost. Will bloom reliably year after year, whether you prune it in late fall or early spring. Under 3 feet tall, it’s just the right size for containers, borders, and foundation plantings. Learn more about growing hydrangeas.

Oso Easy® Double Pink rose. Photo by: Proven Winners.

ROSE

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(Rosa spp.)

Zones: 5-9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Summer through fall
Height/Spread: 18 to 24 inches tall and wide

A prolific bloomer packing tons of flower power, with each stem holding as many as 10 large, double-petaled flowers. It offers excellent disease resistance, too, easily fending off common rose maladies such as powdery mildew and black spot. Learn more about growing shrub roses.

Sugar Tip® rose of Sharon. Photo by: Proven Winners.

ROSE OF SHARON

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(Hibiscus syriacus)

Zones: 4-9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Early to late summer
Height/Spread: 5 to 6 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide

A vision to behold from spring to fall, this variegated rose of Sharon has unique creamy white and bluish-green foliage topped by loads of pure pink, double flowers. Use alone as an eye-catching focal point or plant in rows to create a gorgeous hedge or privacy screen. Learn more about growing rose of Sharon.

Double Play Big Bang® spirea. Photo by: Proven Winners.

SPIRAEA

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(Spiraea spp.)

Zones: 3-8
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Bloom time: Early to late summer
Height/Spread: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide

Sporting the largest, pinkest flowers of any Japanese Spiraea, this easy-care shrub also offers brightly colored foliage that emerges orange in the spring before turning radiant yellow once summer begins. Maintains a nice, neat shape without pruning. Learn more about growing spirea.

Sonic Bloom® Pink reblooming weigela. Photo by: Proven Winners.

WEIGELA

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(Weigela florida)

Zones: 4-8
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Mid-spring through late fall
Height/Spread: 4 to 5 feet tall and wide

Produces loads of hot pink flowers in May, followed by waves of blooms until frost. No deadheading is needed to encourage strong reblooming throughout the summer and fall. Plants will flower most prolifically in full sun, but can benefit from light shade in hotter climates. Learn more about growing weigela.

BULBS WITH PINK FLOWERS

Be My® First Love calla lily. Photo by: Proven Winners.

CALLA LILY

(Zantedeschia spp. and hybrids)

Zones: 8-10
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Bloom time: Early to late summer, depending on the variety
Height/Spread: 2 to 3 feet tall, 1 to 2 feet wide

A favorite of florists, calla lilies are grown for their elegant, trumpet-shaped spathes and long bloom time, with the flowers often lasting for months. In colder climates, you can grow these tropical beauties as annuals or dig up the rhizomes in fall and store them indoors for replanting the following spring. Learn more about growing calla lilies.

'Lauren Michelle' dahlia. Photo by: Andrea Jones.

DAHLIA

(Dahlia hybrids)

Zones: 7-10
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Mid-summer to frost
Height/Spread: 1 to 6 feet tall, 1 to 3 feet wide

No matter what shade of pink you are looking for, you can probably find a dahlia bloom to match, from the softest pink to the most vivid magenta. These long-lasting summer bloomers also come in an endless array of flower forms and sizes, making them one of the most popular flowers for the cutting garden. Learn more about growing dahlias.

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HYACINTH

(Hyacinthus orientalis)

Zones: 3-9
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Early to mid-spring
Height/Spread: 6 to 12 inches, depending on the variety

Instantly recognizable by their spiky clusters of star-shaped flowers, hyacinths pack a big one-two punch of color and fragrance. They come in a rainbow of hues, including many lovely shades of pink. For an early dose of spring color, you can also force the bulbs to bloom indoors. Learn more about growing hyacinths.

'Tecolote Pink' ranunculus. Photo by: CoinUp / Shutterstock.

RANUNCULUS

(Ranunculus asiaticus)

Zones: 8-11, grown as an annual in Zone 7 and below
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Early spring to summer
Height/Spread: 6 to 12 inches

Also called Persian buttercups, these show-stopping spring bloomers have long been a favorite of florists because of their brilliantly colored flowers and long vase life. A particularly stunning variety is 'Tecolote Pink,' which has silky rose-colored blooms measuring up to 4 inches across. Learn more about growing ranunculus.

Angelique tulip. Photo by: zesphiete / Shutterstock.

TULIP

(Tulipa spp.)

Zones: 3-8
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Early to late spring
Height/Spread: 6 to 24

Nothing says spring like a bouquet of pretty pink tulips. Among the most beautiful is 'Angelique', which bears large peony-like blooms that are as breathtaking in the garden as they are in a vase. Learn more about growing tulips.

PINK FLOWERING VINES

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BOUGAINVILLEA

(Bougainvillea spp.)

Zones: 9-11, or grown as an annual
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom time: Will bloom on and off all year in Zones 9-11.
Height/Spread: 2 to 30 feet tall and wide

This fast-growing vine puts on a dazzling show of color nearly year-round in warmer climates and from summer to fall elsewhere. Use as a vibrant, low-maintenance groundcover or let it twine up a trellis, arbor, or other sturdy support. Dwarf varieties are ideal for planting in containers or hanging baskets. Learn more about growing bougainvillea.

Sparky® Pink clematis. Photo by: Proven Winners.

CLEMATIS

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(Clematis spp.)

Zones: 5-8
Exposure: Part sun to sun
Bloom time: Late spring to early summer
Height/Spread: 6 to 8 feet tall, up to 2 feet wide

A beautiful early-blooming Clematis featuring dusty rose-colored petals that look like pinwheels whirling around prominent yellow centers. Flowers on old wood, so little pruning is required. Learn more about growing clematis.

Mandevilla. Photo by: Proven Winners.

MANDEVILLA

(Mandevilla spp.)

Zones: 9-11, or grown as an annual
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Bloom time: Late spring through fall, or year-round in warmer climates
Height/Spread: 1 to 20 feet tall, 1 to 15 feet wide

Exotic trumpet-shaped flowers bloom continuously all summer long on this heat-loving tropical vine. Grow in containers or hanging baskets, or allow to clamber up a trellis or fence. In colder climates, container-grown plants can be overwintered indoors. Learn more about growing mandevilla.

DESIGN TIPS FOR PINK FLOWERS

  • Pink can bring boldness or softness to your garden designs, depending on the shade you choose. To add vibrancy and energy to garden beds and borders, incorporate pink flowers on the cool end of the spectrum, such as fuchsia, magenta, or raspberry. Warm pinks, which have undertones of yellow (think coral, salmon, or peach), tend to be more subtle and easy on the eye.
  • As a general rule of thumb, your garden will look more cohesive if you use either all warm or all cool pink hues. Warm pinks look great when paired with other warm flower colors like orange, red, or yellow, while cool pinks are nice complements to blue, violet, or purple blooms.
  • An all or mostly pink flower garden doesn’t have to be boring. Mingle deeper shades of pink with paler tones to add eye-catching color contrast. Also include plants with different foliage colors and textures. Silver, chartreuse, and purple leaves are especially stunning with pink flowers.
  • Use vibrant pink blooms to brighten up shadier areas of the garden or a dark corner on a porch, deck, or balcony. Many types of pink flowers grow well in full or partial shade, including impatiens, astilbes, bleeding hearts, and begonias.

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