10 Unique Pink Flowers for Your Outdoor Space
Pink flowers have long been a symbol of love and thankfulness. If you're looking for a plant to beautify your outdoor space, try one of these 10 unique pink flowers that come in just about every shade—from blush to hot pink.
Queen of the Prairie
Known for its spray-like clusters of light pink flowers and its height (it can grow up to 5 feet tall), Queen of the Prairie lives up to its name. This pink flower prefers moist to wet soil and does best in full sun (although it can take some shade), according to Prairie Moon Nursery. Since its roots are rhizomatous, it will spread, which will make it a great option if you’re looking to fill a large area in your outdoor landscape with pink blooms.
A favorite of home gardeners, creeping phlox grows only up to about 6 inches high, yet it spreads as far as 2 feet so can function as a ground cover, making it a popular choice for flower beds. Garden Lovers Club notes the flowers can vary in shades of pink, and it prefers sun but can withstand shady areas in zones 3-9.
Stunning in both shape and colors, those looking for a pink flower with “wow factor” should consider dahlias. The flower’s spherical shape makes for a great landscaping border flower and cut flower make for lovely arrangements. Longfield Gardens notes growing these pink flowers isn’t difficult, and they thrive almost anywhere with little to no attention. “Simply plant the tubers in spring and enjoy months of big, brightly colored blossoms,” notes the website.
Alliums come in a variety of sizes and shades of pink, and were voted the 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year, according to Plant Delights Nursery. These perennials do best in zones 5-8, they like full sun and their height depends on the variety. Their pink to purple flower heads attract butterflies and bees, while their leaves are deer-resistant.
Dianthus comes in a variety of colors, including deep pink and they grow best in zones 3-9. “A light-loving plant that needs only weekly watering and prefers a more alkaline soil, they grow from 4 to 10 inches tall. This dwarf plant can be planted in groups, but also makes a great window box plant,” according to Garden Lovers Club. Dianthus can be grown as an annual or perennial.
A favorite of many perennial gardeners, Anise Hyssop comes in shades of purple to pink. The variety “Rosie Posie,” from Plant Delights Nursery, is incredibly fragrant and is loved by butterflies and hummingbirds. But, it also keeps deer away! Make sure you have well-drained soil and plenty of sun for these flowers that grow up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide.
Those looking for a pink flower to attract butterflies can try Rose Milkweed, which is also commonly referred to as Swamp Milkweed. Prairie Moon Nursery notes that this pink flower gives off a “lovely vanilla fragrance” and its rosy pink blooms often play host to Monarch or Swallowtail butterflies. “This deer-resistant plant grows best in moist but will tolerate average soils, and blooms for about a month mid-summer. Later, large pods form which will break open to reveal seeds that will float away in the wind,” according to the nursery.
The bright pink, delicate petals that emerge from Spanish Lavender will attract butterflies and bees to your gardens. This pink flowering evergreen likes full sun, but needs little water. It grows up to 2 feet in height and is hardy to 5 degrees F, according to Landscape Resource.
Joe Pye Weed
If you’re looking for a tall plant with pink flowers that does well in a sunny garden, try Joe Pye Weed. This perennial is easy to care for and blooms for many weeks in both July and August. And, it attracts dozens of butterfly species, according to Prairie Home Nursery. “Also called Spotted Joe Pye Weed, it is best planted in full to almost-full sun and rich, moist soils. It will spread so should be planted with caution in small landscape situations,” the nursery notes.
As part of the clover family, Trillium Rubens are a clump-forming perennial with large pink flowers that bloom throughout summer, according to Gardeners’ World magazine. The bee-magnet plants are a great option for those looking to create a garden for pollinators. These bright pink flower favorites do well in well-drained soil and full sun.
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