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From Light Pink to Deep Pink Flowers
The color, pink is a tint of red, and pink flowers do share with red flowers a bit of the latter's flamboyance. The terminology, "pink flowers" is used here, for the sake of convenience, as something of a catch-all for a number of shades ranging from the very light pinks to very deep pinkish colors that are more accurately called "magenta," etc. and could just as easily be grouped with the purple flowers.
Many lovely plants bear blooms in this delicate color. View my pictures of pink flowers to aid you in your floral selection.
It's hard to say what foxglove is better known for....
On the one hand, foxglove is widely admired as a tall perennial with a lovely flower. On the other hand, foxglove is infamous for being one of the most poisonous plants commonly grown in the landscape.
Foxgloves are tall, slender plants, at 2-5 feet in height and just 1-2 feet wide. Numerous tubular flowers bloom on a spike; they can bear not only pink flowers but also purple, white and flowers of other colors. Foxgloves bloom in summer.Continue to 2 of 19 below.
02 of 19
Pink Phlox Subulata
Mix pink Phlox subulata with other colors for striking color combinations....
Phlox subulata is a popular ground cover. I think it looks best spilling down an incline, where the angle is just right for the eye to take in its masses of colorful blossoms in the springtime. It won't offer much visual interest during the other three seasons of the year, but its root system will help prevent erosion on mild inclines.Continue to 3 of 19 below.
03 of 19
The Creeping Phlox You Don't Know About
Phlox stolonifera is the creeping phlox that gets no respect. Not as popular as Phlox subulata, it should be on your radar if you can't get enough of pink flowers. Home Fires is an example of a cultivar.Continue to 4 of 19 below.
04 of 19
Angel's Trumpet Picture
Picture of angel's trumpet....
In addition to white angel's trumpet plants, Brugmansia does come in other colors, including yellow. Pink angel's trumpet is tinged with a light salmon pink at the ends of its flowers; in a certain light, it can be almost a rust color. These sub-tropical and tropical flowers are treated as annuals in the North. If you're looking for a trumpet-shaped pink flower that is more cold-hardy, one possibility is Stargazer lily.
Don't confuse angel's trumpet with Datura stramonium. The latter is commonly referred to either as "devil's trumpet" or "angel's trumpet"; for purposes of clarity, I prefer to call it "devil's trumpet," to distinguish it from Brugmansia (angel's trumpet).
Angel's trumpet plants can grow several feet in height; this fact, taken in conjunction with their showy flower displays, means that they can make a "big splash" in the landscape. Many who treat angel's trumpet plants as annuals grow them in pots and use them as focal points when in bloom. But used in planting beds, their height would make them a valuable addition to the back-row.
Two caveats in growing this tropical plant:
- It is a poisonous plant, so be careful growing it around children
- It requires a lot of water and fertilizer, so it's not a shrub you can plant and forget (it's high-maintenance)
Bloom time will vary according to conditions. For many Northern gardeners, this is a shrub that blooms in late summer and early fall. In warmer regions, bloom time is much longer.Continue to 5 of 19 below.
05 of 19
Picture of Pink Petunias
Picture of pink petunias....
Annuals such as pink petunias can provide a splash of color to "plug the gaps" between your perennials' blooming times.
No matter how well you've planned the sequence of bloom for your perennials, there will almost inevitably be gaps in color: periods when no perennial in your garden is offering a particularly showy display. Besides pink petunias, you'll find varieties in colors such as red, white and purple.
To achieve a colorful four-season landscape, cold-climate gardeners can supplement their perennial plantings with annuals for three of the seasons. For example, in spring and fall, use pansies; in summer, use petunias and impatiens.Continue to 6 of 19 below.
06 of 19
Pink Million Bells
Picture of pink Million Bells petunia (Calibrachoa)....
A trailing plant, Million Bells can also be used effectively in container gardens. Not only do they look wonderful in hanging pots, but Million Bells can also be planted in a tall raised bed; such a planter gives them room to spread out fully, while still allowing the Million Bells to spill over the sides.Continue to 7 of 19 below.
07 of 19
Pink Primrose Picture
This pink primrose picture shows a flower commonly called "Mexican evening primrose" or "showy evening primrose"....
As the photo of this pink primrose (Oenothera missouriensis 'Siskiyou') shows, this plant is a delicate pink primrose flower with darker veins. Showy evening primroses are perennial plants in planting zones 3-7.Continue to 8 of 19 below.
08 of 19
Ragged Robin Picture
As this picture of ragged robin shows, this pink flower truly does have a "ragged" look about it....
Indeed, indigenous, or "native" plants are by no means one and the same thing as "wildflowers," although the terms are loosely used interchangeably. Browse my photo gallery of types of wildflowers for other examples.Continue to 9 of 19 below.
09 of 19
Picture of Pink Hyacinth Flowers
Picture of pink hyacinth flowers....
Common hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), whose flowers open fully and look like little starfish, should not be confused with common grape hyacinth flowers (Muscari botryoides). Common grape hyacinth bears tight blooms in a raceme resembling clusters of grapes. Both are spring-blooming bulb plants.Continue to 10 of 19 below.
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Picture of Weeping Higan Cherry Tree Blossoms
Picture of pink weeping Higan cherry tree blossoms (Prunus subhirtella 'Pendula')....
The weeping Higan cherry is cold-hardy to zone 4. Expect pink blossoms (sometimes white) from these springtime standouts, which can reach 30 feet tall. I often admire the collection of these trees at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston.Continue to 11 of 19 below.
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Picture of Mandevilla Vines
Picture of a mandevilla vines....
Treat mandevilla vines as annuals in northerly climes. Alternatively, plant mandevilla vines in containers (as in picture above), so that they can be brought inside before the frost. Prune them back so that only about 6" of growth remains, and store them in a cool nook in your cellar (about 55 degrees). Water your mandevilla vines very sparingly during this period. Return the mandevilla vines to your yard when good weather returns.
If you want a cold-hardy vine with pink flowers, a marvelous option is Doctor Ruppel clematis.Continue to 12 of 19 below.
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Picture of Pink Cosmos Flower
As my picture showing this pink cosmos flower reveals, this annual offers a touch of delicacy to the garden....
But don't focus on the flowers, alone. The delicate texture of the foliage of cosmos plants is useful in landscape design, too. Combine it with plants bearing relatively coarse leaves (texture-wise, that is) to create contrast in a planting bed.Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Picture of Pink Garden Phlox Plants
Picture of pink garden phlox plants (Phlox paniculata)....
Garden phlox plants should not be confused with creeping phlox plants (Phlox subulata), which are much shorter.Continue to 14 of 19 below.
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Picture of Rose Campion Flowers
Picture of rose campion flowers....
Once established, rose campion flowers (Lychnis coronaria) multiply and spread beyond their original bounds. Even when they act more like annuals than perennials, they will re-seed readily. Rose campion flowers can be grown in planting zones 4-8. They reach a height of 2'-3'. More accurately a "rose magenta" color, the deep pink rose campion flowers bloom on a fuzzy, silvery stalk that is appealing in its own right.Continue to 15 of 19 below.
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Photo of Bleeding Heart
As you can see from this picture of bleeding heart, the flower is truly heart-shaped, "bleeding" a drop....
Common bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis) can attain a height of about 3 feet. Both white and pink flowers are common on this star of the springtime yard. Foliage is typically green, but bleeding heart plants with golden foliage add extra color to the landscape.
Bleeding heart is a child of the spring. While it doesn't bloom as early as some of the spring bulbs, it's vegetation is irrepressible once it emerges, seeming to grow before one's very eyes! Bleeding heart foliage tends to yellow after the plants are done flowering, however; worse yet, the vegetation leaves behind holes in a perennial bed after it dies back. Plant some "summer companions" such as hosta adjacent to your bleeding heart to address this issue.Continue to 16 of 19 below.
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Glory-of-the-snow is a spring bulb plant, as was true of an earlier entry: hyacinths....
The botanical name for glory-of-the-snow is Chionodoxa, which is based on two Greek words: chion (snow) and doxa (glory). There are blue, white and pink varieties of this bulb plant. I grow a type with pink flowers, named "Pink Giant," which, despite its name, attains a height of only 4-5 inches.
This is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring, just a bit after:
Thus the common name, which, like "snowdrops," is indicative of the precociousness of its blooming period. Glory-of-the-snow is a plant very similar to Scilla siberica, but its flowers appear about a week before those on the latter (in my landscaping, at least).
You can grow glory-of-the-snow in planting zones 4-9 in an area that receives good sunlight in spring (and that includes underneath deciduous trees, since they're leaves won't be out for some time yet when Chionodoxa emerges). Make sure the location has good drainage. Leaves will die back in summer as Chionodoxa slips into dormancy.
The first indication of life in spring will be the sword-like leaves pushing up through the soil. Soon, the flower stalk of glory-of-the-snow will appear, with 4 or so unopened, pink flowers tightly hugging the stalk. As the weather warms, those unopened blooms will start peeling off of the stalk, one by one, eventually unfurling to reveal the very light-pink floral color that characterizes Pink Giant.
A nice bonus with glory-of-the-snow is that the flowers remain open on cloudy days, bestowing much-needed cheer. That's not true of all spring-flowering bulb plants. My crocus, for example, close up shop at the first sign of cloud cover.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Picture of Ornamental Onion
When you hear "ornamental onion," your eyes may glaze over if you're unfamiliar with the plants that fall into this category. But this picture revealing the fireworks-like appearance of a Schubert's allium flower head (Allium schubertii) may jolt you into taking a good, long look at the Allium genus....
You crafts enthusiasts, especially, should consider growing ornamental onions, particularly Schubert's allium. The maturation of the blooms does not at all mark an end to this plant's decorative possibilities. The flower head morphs into a sturdy seed head, which then naturally dries right on the hefty stalk, becoming a light color. Spray-paint it silver or gold for Christmas crafts, or just place it in a vase and display it against a dark wall inside your house.
Deer do not like this plant, which is a good thing. But pets may nibble it out of curiosity, which is a bad thing: they can become ill upon ingesting parts of it. Alliums are poisonous plants for pets (cats and dogs, at least).Continue to 18 of 19 below.
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Native to Brazil, the Christmas cactus (its botanical name is variously given as either Schlumbergera bridgesii or Schlumbergera x buckleyi) is grown in greenhouses in North America, where it is popular in the florist trade. It is often sold as a hanging plant. Because of its tropical origins, Northerners will need to bring it indoors for the winter. In fact, some people simply treat it as a houseplant year-round. In addition to pink, other colors it comes in are:
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Rose Queen barrenwort (Epimedium grandiflorum 'Rose Queen') has pink flowers that look like little jester's hats. This plant is valued for its foliage (bronzy in spring) and flowers alike. Grow it in partial shade.