Choosing flowers for your garden can sometimes be a tricky business. Of course, it is always important to to consider the environment in which you live – the climate, weather conditions, soil type, soil pH and more. Of course, in addition to thinking about these things, aesthetic considerations can also be important. If you want to incorporate certain colours in your garden, you may be wondering which options you could choose. In this article, you will find a list of some of the most popular pink flowers for your garden.
Choosing a Colour Scheme For Your Garden:
When choosing a colour scheme for your garden, it can be a good idea to keep things simple. As a general rule of thumb, ornamental gardens generally work best when they incorporate flowers of no more than three different colours.
Why Choose Pink Flowers?
Pink is a popular choice in gardens. Pink blooms come in a range of saturations and precise hues. You will be able to find pink flowers in all shapes and sizes, that can be incorporated throughout all the layers of your garden – from the tree canopy, to the ground level. There are pink flowers that are suited to a variety of different gardens – no matter what they experience in terms of weather, and no matter what the conditions there may be like.
Many pink flowers can be effective in attracting pollinators and other beneficial insects to your garden. Pink flowers can also look particularly attractive against a green backdrop.
How Pink Flowers Make Us Feel
Another interesting thing to consider is how the colours in your garden can affect your mood, and the overall ambiance of the space.
Hot pinks can bring warmer tones and vibrancy to a cool garden. They can be used to inject a feeling of liveliness and life to a space that might feel a bit flat.
Pale pinks,meanwhile, can deliver a soft, peaceful feel. Science has shown that pale pinks can have a calming effect on human beings and has been uses to reduce aggression in a range of settings.
Pink can also often bring a feeling of romance to a space,so could be an ideal choice for those who wish to evoke a feeling fit for lovers and for quiet time for two.
Pink flowers also bring a sense of nostalgia, as they remind us of traditional cottage gardens, and so can be ideal in a traditional, somewhat old-fashioned garden of that type. However, they can and have also been utilised in a wide range of much more modern and contemporary garden designs.
Some Popular Pink Flowers:
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the different types of pink flowers that you could consider incorporating into your garden design scheme:
A flowering tree can be a wonderful resource for bees and other pollinators, and a tree that has pink flowers can be the perfect focal point for a pink-themed garden. To help you make your choices, here are some of the pink blossomed trees that you could consider:
- Cherry trees (and other Prunus species)
- Crab apple trees (‘Rudolph’, ‘Sun Rival’ etc.)
- Peach, Apricot or Nectarine Trees
- Hawthorn (Crimson cloud/ Double pink)
- Japanese dogwood
- Wisteria Floribunda (‘Rosea’)
- Pink Magnolia
- Robinia x margaretta (‘Pink Cascade’)
- Cercis Candensis (‘Pink Pom Poms’)
- Syringa vulgaris (French Lilac tree, ‘Belle de Nancy’)
A pink flowering tree can be a wonderful backdrop for a garden border, or serve as a stand alone specimen tree in a garden, and be an important focal point. When planning a pink colour scheme for your garden, a pink flowering tree can be a good place to start. Note, however, that a tree with pink blossom is not the only option. You could also consider choosing a tree with pink or pinkish-red foliage,as well as one with pink flowers.
Pink Flower Shrubs
But a pink tree need not do the job of adding pink to you garden all alone. The best garden designs incorporate planting at all heights, from the tops of trees right down to the ground. Adding layered planting schemes to your garden can help to add biodiversity, as well as making sure that you make the most of the space. Layered planting can also make a small garden feel larger.
After you have chosen the largest plants – trees – for your garden, it is time to turn your attention to the shrub layer. There too, you will find plenty of pink flowering options.
Next then, let’s take a look at some of the best pink flower shrubs that you could consider for your garden:
- Roses (many varieties)
- Viburnum (various varieties)
- Ribes sanguineum
- Weigela (e.g ‘Bristol Ruby’)
- Deutzia Hybrida (‘Strawberry Fields’)
- Escallonia laevis (‘Pink Elle’)
- Spirea japonica (e.g ‘Sparkling Champagne’/ ‘Anthony Waterer’)
- Lavatera (e.g. ‘Barnsley’)
- Rhododendron (a number of varieties)
- Azalea (a number of varieties)
Building up some areas of shrubbery and relatively dense planting in certain areas of your garden will help to provide cover and a range of different habitats for the wildlife in the vicinity.
Pink Flower Climbers
As well as considering shrubs that you can place beneath trees and around the edges of your garden, it could also be well worthwhile considering climbers that can cover walls, fences or ramble up other garden structures. Here are some pink flowers climbing plants that you could consider:
- Climbing Roses (many varieties)
- Clematis (‘Freda’,Marjorie’,Markham’s Pink’,’Bees Jubilee etc..)
- Jasmine beesianum
- Passiflora caerulea
- Abelia floribunda
- Ceanothus x pallidus (‘Perle Rose’)
- Chaenomeles x superba (‘Pink Lady’)
- Cotoneaster horizontalis
- Lonicera standishii var. lancifolia (‘Budapest’)
Pink Flower Herbaceous Perennials
When creating beds and borders in your garden, it is a good idea to consider not only the present, but also how the beds and borders will look, and how they will evolve, in the years to come. In a low-maintenance garden, it is a good idea to consider planting plenty of herbaceous perennials, that will come back each year, rather than relying on annuals to fill all the gaps. Here are some of the beautiful, perennial, pink flowers that you could consider:
- Dianthus (e.g.’Dash Musician’)
- Coreopsis (‘Madras Magic’)
- Geranium (‘Dreamland’ etc.)
- Lupins (multiple varieties)
- Salvia (several varieties)
- Delphinium (‘Pink Pouch’ etc.)
- Penstemon (‘Peptalk pink’)
- Osteospermum (‘In the Pink’)
- Scabiosa (‘Pink Diamond’)
- Fuchsia (‘Garden news’ etc.)
Pink Flower Annuals
No matter how happy you are with your perennial planting scheme, it is likely that you will still wish to include annual flowers within your garden design too. Fortunately, there is a huge range of annual pink flowers that you could consider. Some popular pink flowers within this category include:
- Sweet William
- Sweet Peas
- Dahlia ‘Franz Kafka’
- Iberis umbellata (Candytuft)
- Pansies (e.g. ‘Panola pink seeds mix)
- Larkspur (‘Pink perfection’)
- Starflower (Pentas lanceolata)
Of course, in each of these categories there are a great many more pink flower options that you could consider.
If you have any suggestions to make, or wish to share your own experiences of creating a pink themed garden, please feel free to do so in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.