Pink is a common flower colour, so you’re spoilt for choice when choosing pink-flowered plants to grow in your garden. There’s a huge range of pink tones to choose from, from almost white pink-blushed flowers and pale pastel pinks, to darker, shocking pinks at the other end of the spectrum. Bear in mind there are plenty of different flower shapes to choose from, too, so if you want a completely pink border you can still grow a huge range of flowers that look and smell different, but have the colour pink in common.
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For a cool-toned, herbaceous border, combine pink flowers with white, blue and purple-coloured blooms. For something more vibrant, combine dark pinks with dark blues and oranges.
Browse our list of pink flowers to grow, below.
Nerines are real gems to have in the garden, flowering late in the year when most other flowering plants are becoming dormant. Grow them in full sun and a well-drained soil.
Height x Spread: 45cm x 10cm
Provide them with a rich, moist soil and false goatsbeard, astilbe, will reward you with dramatic plumes of feathery flowers from spring to summer.
H x S: 60cm x 45cm
H x S: 75cm x 40cm
H x S: 85cm x 45cm
H x S: 2m x 1m
There are many pink-flowered clematis to grow, including variety ‘Confetti’, pictured. Varieties such as Clematis armandii are fast-growing and will quickly cover a large fence or wall. Other varieties have a less rampant growth habit and are suitable for growing in pots.
H x S: 1.2m x 90cm
Angel’s fishing rod
H x S: 1m x 50cm
Hydrangeas bear flowers in shades of pink, white or blue. Some varieties – particularly mophead and lacecap varieties – are known for their ability to change colour in different soils. This colour change is due to the soil pH – hydrangeas growing in acid soil tend to have blue flowers, while those growing in alkaline soil tend to have pink flowers. Check the pH of your soil before planting hydrangeas if you want pink flowers.
H x S: 1.5m x 1.5m
H x S: 3m x 4m
H x S: 6m x 6m
Camellias come in a variety of colours, including pink. Flowering as early as January, camellias start the year off with beautiful pink flowers set against dark, glossy foliage.
H x S: 2.5m x 2.5m
Bleeding heart, Lamprocapnos spectabilis, is a beautiful Chinese plant bearing arching stems of pink-red, heart-shaped flowers with white tips, from late spring to early summer.
H x S: 60cm x 45cm.
Many roses bear pink flowers. There’s a huge variety of roses to choose from, from climbing roses and rambling roses to more compact patio roses. Double roses such as ‘Abbie’s Rose’, pictured, are perfect for cutting, while single-flowered varieties are better for pollinators.
H x S: 2m x 4m
There’s a huge variety of dahlias to grow, from dramatic-looking cactus dahlias to single dahlias like ‘Magenta Star’, pictured. Dahlias flower from late-summer to autumn, adding a touch of pink to your border displays at the end of the season.
Gauras are pretty, deciduous perennials with small starry flowers. There’s a few pink varieties to choose from, including ‘Ruby Ruby’, pictured.
H x S: 60cm x 60cm
Japanese anemones flower in autumn, helping to extend the season of colour in your garden. They flower in white or pink, and there are several varieties to choose from, including dwarf varieties.
H x S: 90c x 60cm
Both oriental and Asiatic lilies come in shades of pink, providing a dazzling, mid-summer display at the back of the border. Choose oriental lilies if you want fragrant pink lilies, or Asiatic lilies if you’d rather go for dazzling colour.
H x S: 80cm x 30cm
Society garlic, Tulbaghia violacea, is a clump-forming perennial with a strong garlic smell. The smell comes from the crushed leaves or flower stems, making it unsuitable for use as a cut flower. However, apart from the garlic smell, the plant is worth growing for its beautiful large heads of lavender pink blooms held on tall stems from mid-summer to early autumn.
H x S: 55cm x 25cm
Osteospermum are grown for their daisy-like flowers, which are produced all summer long. There are many vareties to choose from, ranging in height. Smaller varieties are often used in container and hanging basket displays.
H x S: 1.5m x 1m
Knautia macedonica is a popular perennial, bearing crimson, pincushion-like flowers on slender, branched stems from July to September. It’s perfect for using to fill gaps in a sunny border and looks particularly good when combined with silver-leaved plants, and also works well in wildflower meadow schemes.
H x S: 80cm x 45cm