- Centaurea is normally associated with the blue cornflowers. But
there are several pinks worth growing - C. 'Steenbergii' and C
pulcherrima being two.
- Cercis siliquastrum is a superb spring pink flowering large
shrub. The foliage that follows is quite good as well.
- Chaenomeles - The Japanese Quince has several pinks - Pink Lady
being a good one.
- Chrysanthemums, are littered with pink flowers - though not
hardy of course. (Sometimes, some types)
- Cistus Rock Roses are good summer pink flowering plants that
need a dry position.
- Clematis are abundant with pink coloured flowers - in all
shades. C montana Rubens, being popular, but there are also many
large flowered hybrids.
- Colchicum autumnale - Naked Ladies if you must. A good splash of
pink in Autumn.
- Cornus - the flowering ones - have a couple of good pinks -
Cornus florida Spring Song is my favourite.
- Cyclamen Coum Hybrids and their cousin Cyclamen hederifolia are
two good hardy cormous plants to consider.
- Daphne - such sweet scent in winter - are almost exclusively
pink. Daphne bholua is good.
- Delphiniums are not
only blue, but have a few superb pink flowering types as well.
Delphinium Royal Flush and Delphinium Rosemary Block.
- Deutzia - A good stalwart group of pink flowering shrubs. White
- Dianthus - the old fashioned pinks as well as some of the hardy
- Dictamnus alba var Purpureus is PINK in spite of its name.
- Dodecatheon is a little unusual and well worth considering for
and early low growing pink perennial.
- Echinacea purpura - Kims Knee High is a good perennial with
showy pink flowers.
- Epimediums make good ground cover - and some have pink flowers -
not too showy but pink. E. Rose Queen is a good deep pink with
attractive young foliage.
- Erigeron are often mistaken for low growing Michaelmus Daisies.
Erigeron 'Elstead Pink' suits.
- Escallonia are good general purpose evergreen shrubs - many with
pink flowers. E 'Apple Blossom' and E. 'Pride of Donard' being two
of the best.
- Euphorbias are normally associated with yellow colours, but
Euphorbia griffithii Fireglow could be termed as pink!
- Filipendula purpurea and F. 'Venusta' are two good perennials
with pink flowers held aloft.
- Geraniums - the hardy perennial types - excel in pinks - and
with differing foliage types as well. There are many to choose from
but Geranium maderense has superb foliage, is evergreen and has
height - up to around 1.2m.
- Gypsophylla elegans Rosea is a 'cloud' of pink.
- Hebe 'Great Orme' evergreen shrub, is still one of the best of
the pink hebes.
- Hemerocallis - often shades of yellow - has a few pink flowered
types. Of note is Hemerocallis 'Penelope Vestey'.
- Hydrangeas are generally pink - even though many try to turn
them blue! H. 'Hamburg' will stay pink whatever you 'feed' it with.
The 'other' Hydrangeas such as Hydrangeas paniculata Grandiflorum
'Pink Diamond, didn't get its name for nothing. Though it can often
start off as white.
- Iris. You will struggle to find a good pink in the Irises (I
await the indignant email) but there are some, and superb at that.
Iris 'Shurton Princess' being one. Search the catalogues for the
- Kalmia latifolia is one of the best of the group. An evergreen
that needs acid soil.
- Kolkwitzia 'Pink Cloud' is one of the best of the 'beauty
- Lavatera 'Kew Rose' or the basic Lavatera Barnsley - very light
pink if you must.
- Leptospermum are not the easiest to grow, but will reward you
with pink flowers - especially Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'.
- Liatris spicata is a good pink perennial with erect stems.
- Lychnis flos-jovis is a dense ground covering perennials with
silver-ish foliage to set off the pink flowers.
- Lythrum salicaria - that lover of damp places, will reward you
with an erect growth habit and plenty of pink. Lythrum 'The Rocket'
does exactly what its name suggests.
- Magnolia for a large pink shrub to herald the spring in. M x
soulangeana or its cultivar M. s. 'Rustica Rubra' are two good ones
for size. M. 'Jane' and M. 'Susan' also deserve a mention. Magnolia
Heaven Scent is my favourirte.
- Malus - the flowering crabs - are good medium trees for pink
flowers. M. 'Lizet' being exceptional.
- Monarda - if you can keep the mildew at bay - are good pink
perennials. M. 'Croftway Pink' being good.
- Nerine bowdenii - The most shocking of pink late flowering
bulbs. Extends the pink season.
- Oenothera speciosa 'Rosea' is a good pink evening primrose.
- Osteospermum will grow anywhere that is dry. There are several
- Paeonia Sarah Bernhart is a good one - as is P. 'Shirley
- Papaver - The oriental type poppies are not all red. There are
some good pink flowered types such as P. 'Cedric Morris'. The opium
poppies - Papaver somniferum will reward you with great swathes of
pink flowers over time.
- Penstemons are such good flower value. Penstemon 'Apple Blossom'
will take some beating.
- Persicaria - look no further than Persicaria bistorta
- Phlox drummondii down at ground level has numerous pink flowered
- Prunus - the Flowering Cherries. Pink, Pink and more pink!
- Rhododendron group offers numerous pinks. Rhododendron
'Christmas Cheer' but normally a little later always pleases.
- Ribes - the flowering currants at the earlier part of the year,
are one of the first masses of pink flowers. Ribes sanguineum
'Brockelbankii' will give you golden foliage to go with the pink
- Roses. Hundreds - take your pick.
- Salvias - not the bedding types! There are new pink salvias
coming out each week it seems. Good for late colour.
- Saponaria ocymoides is a gem of a low perennial. Has to be
included - anywhere.
- Schyzostylis. The Kaffir lily is not well known or planted - but
should be for the late show. Pink is best demonstrated by the S.
coccinea Sunrise' -a stunner.
- Sedums really set the autumn scene. Sedum spectabilis 'Autumn
Joy' is a light pink - whereas Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant' has
darker and brighter pink flower.
- Spiraea japonica shrubs have several pink forms - sometimes with
- Tanacetum - or as was - Pyrethrums, will reward you for years
with several pinks to choose from.
- Thymus - as low as you like. The Thymes have a wide range of
pink flowers. 'Doone Valley' with the added attraction of the
multi-coloured foliage. T. Bressingham Pink is also good.
- Weigela. Shrubs
noted for their pink or red flowers. Two which always please are
the purple foliaged W florida 'Foliis Purpureis, and the golden
variegated Weigela florida 'Nana Variegata'. Pink flowers and
- Daffodils - I have missed out the few pink daffodils, for I
think daffodils should be yellow!
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