20 Types Pink Flowers For Inspiration (Pictures & Care Tips)

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Types of Pink Flowers

As a blend between red and white, the pink color is associated with sweetness, romance, charming and feminine.

People often use pink flowers like roses as romantic gifts, but there are many other flowers than just red or pink roses. In this article, we'll go into detail common types of stunning pink flowers you can grow.

20 Types of Pink Flowers

1. Chenille Plant

Chenille Plant

Scientific Name: Acalypha hispida

Mature Size: Up to 6 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 10 -11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Rich, well-draining

Special Features: Award-winning

Pink Varieties: Acalypha pendula-Dwarf Chenille Plant

This evergreen shrub is native to Malaysia, where it thrives in a hot and humid environment. It is an upright and dense plant that is noted for its striking racemes adorned with tiny bright pink flowers. The racemes can be up to two feet long and droop vertically from the plant like soft tassels. The foliage is deep green, with large leaves measuring up to eight inches long. It has a vigorous growth habit, and in cooler climates, it can be grown as an annual, or indoors as a houseplant. It has won the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.


2. Yarrow

Yarrow

Scientific Name: Achillea millefolium

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun

Water: Low water needs

Soil: Average, well-draining

Special Features: Tolerant of drought

Pink Varieties: Achillea millefolium ‘Saucy Seduction’, Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’, Achillea millefolium ‘Pink Grapefruit’

This compact and dense perennial produces an abundance of flower clusters, in varying shades of pink. They have a long blooming period, initially blooming in early spring and lasting right through to late summer. The foliage nicely accents the pink flowers, with fern-like leaves that are attractively scented. This plant loves full sun, and though it can survive in partial shade, the flowers will suffer. It thrives in dry, average soils, and should be kept out of rich, moist soils, as these will cause the plant to become spindly. Yarrow reseeds easily, so keep an eye on it if you do not want it to spread. Butterflies are hugely attracted to this plant.


3. Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Scientific Name: Alcea rosea

Mature Size: Up to 6 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Showy flowers

Pink Varieties: Alcea rosea ‘Radiant Rose’, Alcea rosea ‘Halo Cerise’, Alcea rosea ‘Fiesta Time’

These plants are short-lived perennials or biennials which produce stunning large blooms upon tall, erect spikes. The flowers can be single or double, sometimes with frilled edges, and in a cup shape. They bloom from the bottom of the spike upwards, in early summer to midsummer, and flowers can measure up to five inches across. Hollyhocks grow best in full sun though they appreciate a little shade in the afternoon in especially hot climates. They are tolerant of most soil types, though they will not survive in wet soils, so ensure good drainage.


4. Coral Vine

Coral Vine

Scientific Name: Antigonon leptopus

Mature Size: Up to 40 feet

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Average, well-draining

Special Features: Long blooming period

This vigorously growing vine is native to Mexico. It remains evergreen in hot climates and deciduous in colder climates. It produces trusses of bright pink flowers all over the vines, which in tropical environments will remain in bloom all year long. Even in cooler climates, the flowers will bloom for several months throughout summer. Due to its impressive speed of growth, this is a great climbing plant to quickly cover an area of the garden you want to hide, such as an ugly wall or fence. It is able to reach heights of ten feet in just one season and can reach up to forty feet in its native environment. This aggressive growth pattern has caused the plant to be regarded as an invasive pest in some regions, so take care to keep it pruned to prevent it from getting out of hand.


5. Million Bells

Million Bells

Scientific Name: Calibrachoa

Mature Size: Up to 1 foot tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Abundant bloomer

Pink Varieties: Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Light Pink’, Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Cherry Star’, Calibrachoa ‘Superbells Double Ruby’

These plants are perennial in zones nine to eleven but are most commonly grown as annuals in colder regions, typically in hanging baskets or containers. They have a dense and compact habit and a slightly trailing nature that makes them look as though they are bursting out from their pots. They have excellent tolerance to heat and thrive in full sun, though they can tolerate a little shade. They grow easily, providing they have good drainage. They produce masses of stunning open flowers that look like small petunias. They have a long blooming period, bringing color to the garden all summer long.


6. Sea Thrift

Sea Thrift

Scientific Name: Armeria maritima

Mature Size: Up to 1 foot tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun

Water: Low water needs

Soil: Infertile, well-draining

Special Features: Drought tolerant

Pink Varieties: Armeria maritima ‘Splendens’, Armeria maritima ‘Bloodstone’

This perennial plant is an evergreen that is native to North America and Europe. It produces gorgeous spherical clusters of flowers in late spring. The clusters sit on top of erect stalks, which rise out from the low growing foliage below. The plant grows to form clumps that spread slowly and can be divided when large to create new smaller clumps. This plant grows incredibly easily and is ideal for container planting, or beds and borders. It is drought tolerant once established and thrives in a position of full sun in infertile soil. Avoid rich soils as these will cause the plants to fan out in unappealing shapes.


7. Asters

Asters

Scientific Name: Aster sp.

Mature Size: Up to 6 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Rich, fertile

Special Features: Tolerant of all soil types

Pink Varieties: Aster novi-belgii ‘Chatterbox’-New York Aster, Aster novae-angliae ‘Pink Victor’-New England Aster, Aster amellus ‘Rosa Erfullung’-Italian Aster

These perennial plants are native to North America and Europe, and bloom toward the end of summer and well into fall when most other flowers are reaching the end of their lifespan. This makes them excellent for adding color to the garden outside of the usual blooming season. The flowers they produce look like large, brightly colored daisies, which close up overnight or on darker days, opening up again with the appearance of the sun. Some varieties of this plant can reach up to six feet in height, though most more typically grow to two or three feet. They are tolerant of both wet and dry soils and will thrive in almost any soil type, though they prefer rich soil. The blooms make excellent cut flowers.


8. Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Scientific Name: Bougainvillea sp.

Mature Size: Up to 40 feet long

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-12

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Acidic, well-draining

Special Features: Showy flower bracts

Pink Varieties: Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’, Bougainvillea ‘Juanita Hatten’, Bougainvillea ‘Helen Johnson’

This evergreen plant grows as a shrub or a vine, depending on how you prune or train it. As a vine, it does not cling onto structures and will need to be supported to remain upright. The plant produces brightly colored leaves at the end of its stems, which look like flowers but are, in fact, bracts surrounding tiny inconspicuous blooms. In warmer climates, the plant will bloom sporadically throughout the year, and in cooler climates will bloom during summer and fall. The size of these plants varies greatly, from just a few feet in size, up to 40 feet if allowed to grow unrestrained in ideal conditions. These plants can survive drought, though they will perform better in moist soils.


9. Camellia

Camellia

Scientific Name: Camellia sp.

Mature Size: Up to 12 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-9

Light: Full sun to full shade

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Acidic, rich, well-draining

Special Features: Winter bloomer

Pink Varieties: Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’, Camellia japonica ‘Pink Perfection’, Camellia hiemalis ‘Chansonette’

These evergreen shrubs are renowned for the exquisite flowers they produce during fall, winter, and early spring when the rest of the garden offers little in the way of blooms. The flowers themselves vary in style, with some offering single or double blooms and some having ruffled petals while others are smooth. The flowers range in size from two inches to five inches across and bloom abundantly. Some varieties of camellia will only grow in warmer climates, while some are cold hardy. Depending on the variety, these plants enjoy a range of lighting conditions. Those growing in warmer climates typically enjoy full sun to partial shade, while hardier varieties prefer partial shade to full shade.


10. Clematis

Clematis

Scientific Name: Clematis sp.

Mature Size: Up to 40 feet long

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Large variety available

Pink Varieties: Clematis ‘Barbara Harrington’, Clematis ‘Bees Jubilee’, Clematis ‘Pink Champagne’

These climbing plants are incredibly popular and encompass over 300 varieties, which differ in shape, color, climate tolerance, and blooming period. What all of these climbers have in common is their long blooming period, and their ability to grow with ease. Clematis flowers vary in size, with some larger flowered varieties having blooms that span up to ten inches across. Flowers can be single, double, or semi-double, and take the shape of stars or circles. Varieties are available in early flowering or late flowering options, so they can flower from spring through to fall.


11. Garden Cosmos

Garden Cosmos

Scientific Name: Cosmos bipinnatus

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features:

Pink Varieties: Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes Blush’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Double Click Bicolor Rose’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cosimo Collarette’

These annuals are easy to grow and bloom in abundance, with a long blooming period of early summer right through to fall. They produce a range of different types of flowers, including single, semi-double, and fully double. Some of these flowers are heavily ruffled, giving the impression of large, dainty pompoms. The foliage beneath is light and feathery, in shades of medium green. The plant ranges in size, from a mature height of one foot up to four feet. Deadheading the flowers, once they are spent, will encourage the plant to produce new blooms, creating a continually blooming plant. However, if left, the dead flowers will give way to seeds that self-sow easily.


12. Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Scientific Name: Dicentra spectabilis

Mature Size: Up to 3 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Partial shade

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Fertile, well-draining

Special Features: Unusual flowers

Pink Varieties: Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’, Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’, Dicentra ‘Amore Pink’

This elegant perennial is native to Japan. It produces unusual flowers that hang in neat rows from gently drooping stems. The flowers point down to the ground and are predominantly dark pink with small white petals seeping out of the bottom. The shape of the flowers resembles hearts, giving this plant its common name. Flowers bloom in late spring or early summer for just a few weeks, after which time the plant fades back into dormancy until the following year. This plant performs best in partial shade, though it will tolerate most lighting conditions. In cooler climates, it can grow in full sun, and it will also survive in full shade, though it will produce fewer flowers in these conditions.


13. Winter Heath

Winter Heath

Scientific Name: Erica carnea

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Well-draining, acidic

Special Features: Award-winning

Pink Varieties: Erica carnea ‘Springwood Pink’, Erica carnea ‘March Seedling’, Erica carnea ‘Aphrodite’

These compact evergreen plants, also known as ‘heather,’ are great for bringing some bright color into the winter garden. They bloom profusely from winter through to late spring, covering their stems with small flowers shaped like urns. The foliage is dark green and takes the shape of needles, with a look similar to rosemary foliage. The plant works well as ground cover, in borders, or containers. Some varieties can reach heights of two feet, but most commonly, it will not exceed one foot tall. It is easy to grow, thriving on full sun and well-draining soil.


14. Freesia

Freesia

Scientific Name: Freesia

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 9-10

Light: Full sun

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Alkaline, well-draining

Special Features: Showy flowers

Pink Varieties: Freesia Laxa ‘Joan Evans’, Freesia ‘Pink Fountain’, Freesia ‘Pink Attraction’

These tender perennials are native to Africa, where they are cold hardy. In cooler climates, they are commonly grown as annuals. They have lance-shaped foliage, from which tall stems sprouts. The stems have racemes pointing out to one side, from which funnel-shaped flowers grow. The flowers can be single or double, and come in a range of colors. These are easy-care plants, which thrive in full sun but will also tolerate some light shade. They are commonly cultivated for use as cut flowers.


15. Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera Daisy

Scientific Name: Gerbera jamesonii

Mature Size: Up to 2 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 8-11

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water need

Soil: Rich, well-draining

Special Features: Showy flowers

Pink Varieties: Gerbera jamesonii ‘Jaguar Rose Picotee’, Gerbera jamesonii ‘Mega Revolution Champagne’, Gerbera jamesonii ‘Mega Revolution Salmon Rose’

These evergreen plants are native to South Africa. They can be grown as perennials in warm climates or annuals in cooler climates. As perennials, they can bloom at any time of year, most reliably early in summer and late in fall. As annuals, they will flower in the summer. The blooms look like large daisies in a variety of colors. They can measure up to five inches across, and be single or double. This versatile plant can be grown outside in beds and borders or in containers. It is also popularly kept as a houseplant or in cut flower bouquets.


16. Dutch Hyacinth

Dutch Hyacinth

Scientific Name: Hyacinth orientalis

Mature Size: Up to 1 foot tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Average moisture needs

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Highly fragrant

Pink Varieties: Hyacinth orientalis ‘Pink Pearl, Hyacinth orientalis ‘Pink Festival’, Hyacinth orientalis ‘Pink Surprise’

These plants grow from bulbs that flower in the middle of spring for several weeks. They produce short spikes that are adorned with bell-shaped flowers in a range of colors. They should be planted in fall in well-draining soil. They can thrive in full sun or partial shade and will naturalize easily in ideal conditions.


17. Bearded Iris

Bearded Iris

Scientific Name: Iris germanica

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Light: Full sun

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Rich, well-draining

Special Features: Prolific bloomer

Pink Varieties: Iris germanica ‘Beverly Sills’, Iris germanica ‘Celebration Song’, Iris germanica ‘Chasing Rainbows’

These plants grow quickly and bloom heavily, making them a popular choice among gardeners. They produce stunning frilled flowers on stems high above sword-shaped foliage. The flowers bloom in spring, with some varieties having a second bloom later in the summer. Though these plants will tolerate some shade, they will perform much better in a position of full sun. Full sun will encourage greater flower production and will help with disease resistance.


18. Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

Scientific Name: Lathyrus odoratus

Mature Size: Up to 8 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Average water needs

Soil: Rich, well-draining

Special Features: Long blooming period

Pink Varieties: Lathyrus odoratus ‘Mrs Bernard Jones’, Lathyrus odoratus ‘Painted Lady’, Lathyrus odoratus ‘Valerie Harrod’

These plants are native to the Mediterranean region and take the shape of climbing annuals or bushy plants. They flower freely in late spring through to fall, and deadheading spent flowers or pruning healthy flowers for cut-flower bouquets will encourage further blooming. They thrive in cool climates and will have a shorter blooming period if kept in hot climates. They also like to grow in cool soil, so shade their roots lower growing plants or mulch the soil. Avoid overhead watering as this plant is susceptible to fungal disease.


19. Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Fertile, well-draining

Special Features: Highly fragrant

Pink Varieties: Monarda didyma ‘Balmy Rose’, Monarda didyma ‘Coral Reef’, Monarda didyma ‘Pardon My Pink’

These perennials form clumps which produce impressive, spherical flowers. The flowers are rich in nectar, which attracts masses of bees and butterflies, hence the common name of bee balm. The distinctive flowers bloom from the middle of summer through to fall in a vast range of colors. The foliage is very fragrant and is sometimes used to give a scented garnish to salads and soups. This plant spreads rapidly and should be propagated through division every few years.


20. Zinnia

Zinnia

Scientific Name: Zinnia sp.

Mature Size: Up to 4 feet tall

USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-11

Light: Full sun

Water: Maintain moist soil

Soil: Well-draining

Special Features: Long blooming period

Pink Varieties: Zinnia marylandica ‘Double Zahara Salmon Rose’, Zinnia elegans ‘Uproar Rose’, Zinnia elegans ‘Magellan Coral’

These popular flowers can be grown as annuals or perennials. They bloom in various flower styles, with elegant, fully double flowers, through to more simple daisy-like flowers. The ovate foliage creates a dense green luscious background from which sturdy stems appear holding the flowers. Flowers bloom around mid-summer and last through to the first frost of fall. Zinnia grows quickly and can go from seed to flower in just six weeks. They are susceptible to disease and so should be grown at a small distance from each other to maintain good air circulation. These plants thrive in full sun and need little more than light and moist, well-draining soil to grow easily. They range in size between varieties and are suitable for growing in containers, beds, borders, and also make excellent cut flowers.

20 Types Pink Flowers For Inspiration (Pictures & Care Tips)

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