Growing pink perennial flowers will transform your garden into a calming and romantic landscape in the blink of an eye.
It’ll also make it less demanding as you won’t have to do much work after planting; they’ll come back on their own the following year.
But there’s a problem! There’s so many gorgeous pink perennials that we simply can’t settle upon just one!
Here are some ideas that can get you started and inspire you to add more of these flowers to your front and backyard.
Every Garden Needs Pink Perennials
Pink is the color of romance, love, happiness, femininity, and softness, and is perfect for gardeners who want to accentuate these things.
And it’s not just one shade. From baby pink to deep magenta, pink flowers can color your front yard throughout the season.
Use them for your woodland shade garden, classic European style, or English cottage design.
You might wonder why you should plant perennials when there are so many pink annuals or cut flowers you can get at your local flower shop. It’s because they will come back every year, so you won’t have to constantly plant and nurture them to adulthood.
Pink Perennial Flowers For Your Garden
Roses, gerbera daisies, lilies, forget-me-nots, and pink tulips might be the first ones to come to your mind when someone mentions pink perennials.
But there are so many varieties to choose from, whether you want one for your hanging basket or a border around your flower bed.
Let’s check some of them out!
Also known as Cupid’s bow, achimenes is a gorgeous pink perennial that resembles African violets in a way.
Deep pink, almost purple blossoms will flower from late spring until fall, splashing your garden with rich color.
Cupid’s bow is perfect for several reasons. You can grow it indoors or outdoors, or plant it as a ground cover, and it will attract bees and other beneficial insects.
All it needs is to be in USDA zones 10-11, dappled sunlight, and loamy, well-draining soil to thrive and remain perennial.
This plant is a hybrid between amaryllis and crinum, and brings the best of both worlds to the table.
It combines the longevity of amaryllis and the looks of both plants, acting as a perennial in USDA zones 8-10.
Amarcrinum will add more depth and vertical interest to your garden, and complete the look of lily gardens.
Plant it in loose, well-draining, fertile growing medium and make sure it gets full sun or partial shade.
If you want a companion to your daisies that stays within a similar theme, pink asters are the way to go.
These late bloomers will decorate your garden from late summer to early fall, providing you with a burst of color when many other flowers are finished for the season.
Plant them in a full sun location and you’ll notice lots of bees and butterflies visiting the pink aster.
‘Wood’s Pink’ is my favorite cultivar as it grows in clumps and looks amazing either in a pot or the ground.
It also grows well in zones 4 through 8.
This early-spring bloomer is perfect for any garden, whether it’s in full sun, part shade, or full shade. You can grow it in USDA zones 3-8, depending on the cultivar.
Bergenia is a perfect ground cover that will suppress pesky weeds, yet still grow tall enough to make a statement in your garden.
And once its sweet pink flower heads appear riding on red stems, you’ll want to grow more of them in your garden.
5. Bleeding Heart
You can grow these hardy perennials pretty much anywhere as they flourish in zones 3 through 9.
They’ll flower at the end of spring and beginning of summer, shining rich pink light on your garden.
The bleeding heart will provide more texture to your garden due to its size, and its cut flowers look amazing (not to mention they last for up to 2 weeks). It will also attract bees, hummers, and butterflies.
The bleeding heart plant care guide tells us that it prefers morning sun, midday shade, and a well-draining growing medium.
This plant usually comes in shades of pink and white, and is an ideal addition to perennial gardens.
It is a perennial in zones 5-8 but it doesn’t live that long. However, it will self-seed so you don’t have to replant it or anything.
Rose campion is a favorite choice of many gardeners as it looks amazing in all sorts of displays, from rock gardens and borders to English cottage yards.
Its hot pink flowers appear in late spring and summer, and will bloom in abundance if you give them plenty of sunshine and a well-draining growing medium.
There are three types of mums; early, mid-season, and late blooming varieties. If you want a glorious autumnal garden, simply plant all of them in various shades of pink and they will bloom from September to November.
Gardeners love mums for various reasons. They are hardy and extremely easy to grow, attract pollinators, and you can use them for all sorts of displays, bordering flower beds, in container gardens, mass planting, vertical interest, etc.
They are even on the list of lizard repellent plants, so don’t forget to plant a couple of them if you can’t stand these reptiles.
Plant them in zones 5-9 and ensure they get full sun with light shade in the early afternoon, and consistently moist, well-draining substrate.
8. Coral Bells
‘Weston Pink’ coral bells is a cultivar with adorable bright pink blossoms and many benefits. It has a long blooming season that lasts more than 4 weeks throughout spring and summer.
This plant will also attract numerous pollinators, mainly butterflies and hummingbirds, and is perfect for planters and as cut flowers.
It is a perennial in zones 4-9, prefers morning direct sunlight and light afternoon shade, and doesn’t need that much water to thrive.
9. Creeping Phlox
You can find creeping phlox on the list of weed killing plants. It can choke out these unwanted species before they even emerge.
Another thing that makes it a gardeners’ favorite are its gentle pink flowers that form a soft mat you can walk on and attract all sorts of pollinators.
It blooms profusely in mid-to-late spring and makes an excellent choice for perennial borders, rock gardens, or even pots in zones 5-9.
All it needs to thrive are full sun conditions (although it can tolerate light shade during hot afternoons) and nutrient-rich, well-draining substrates.
No one can stay indifferent when gazing upon deep or light pink dahlias in full bloom. These flowers open their blossoms in mid-summer and keep blooming late into the fall.
What makes dahlias so popular is their versatility. Their flower heads come in various forms: single, double, cactus, and pompon, among others.
They’re ideal for any garden as you can use them as a focal point, for bordering flower beds, or mass plantings.
Dahlias are low-maintenance perennials in zones 8-10 that thrive in full morning sun, sheltered spots, and fertile, moist soils.
Pink delphiniums have so much to add to the overall landscape, from vertical interest and majestic spikes of vibrant colors to attracting pollinators.
They love to bask in the sunshine and will bloom twice, early in the summer and then again later in the season.
Delphiniums are a bit more fussy than most other pink perennials as they require full sun, moist soil, and some support to reach their full glory.
They’ll remain perennial in USDA hardiness zones 3-7.
When you look at the list of deer resistant perennials, you’ll find dianthus, a lovely pink perennial.
It thrives in zones 3-9, although it is short-lived so don’t think that you did something wrong when it dies back. Just leave some of the flowers to produce seeds and you’ll have a new dianthus batch the following year.
Choose purely pink, magenta, and white and pink variegated types to add more interest and attract pollinators. You can even use it as a ground cover or filler plant between rocks.
Just make sure it gets full sun (or light shade in warmer regions) and a humus-rich, well-draining substrate.
Classic forget-me-nots come in light blue shades, but there are deep pink varieties that add something unique to your garden.
They thrive in almost any nutrient-rich and well-draining soil, are perennial in zones 3-8, and only need full sun or light shade.
Once they open their flowers, you’ll get a burst of color, a lovely woodland ground cover, and a great addition to any garden style.
If pink bells are what you’re going for, then look no further than foxgloves. Their bowing flowers carried on a large flower spike are perfect for woodland and wildflower gardens.
They attract numerous pollinators, have a long blooming season, are tolerant of shade, and will self-seed to spread their color all over your garden.
Foxgloves usually bloom in early summer, but they can produce more flowers later in the season if you care for them properly.
They’re perfect for zones 4-9 but can be toxic to children and pets, so plant them out of reach or keep an eye on your loved ones.
Hibiscus is a shrub that can grow in tropical or hardy conditions, you just have to choose a variety adapted to your particular area.
Once you do that, choose the color. The ’Painted Lady’ hibiscus is a tropical variety with breathtaking magenta flowers, and the ‘Luna Pink Swirl’ is a light-pink hardy type.
But whatever color or variety you choose, they will attract various pollinators (hummingbirds in particular if you go for brighter colors).
The only thing about hibiscus flowers is that they love hydration, so you may even need to irrigate a few times a day, depending on the variety and growing conditions. For abundant blossoms, grow your hibiscus in a sunny location and well-draining substrate.
There are many hydrangea types, including ones with pink flowers. Just make sure to use proper fertilizers and check how soil acidity will affect its color.
Grow it in zones 3-7 and make sure it gets some shade during hot middays and afternoons.
Once you do that, this flower will spread its rich fragrance (if you get a scented variety) and attract numerous pollinators.
Pink impatiens, or touch-me-nots, may be what your pink perennial garden is missing. They look adorable in hanging baskets and are irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies.
One thing to bear in mind is that they cannot handle frost that well. You can grow them in containers, which will provide you with a gorgeous display and an easy way to move them indoors over winter.
The best thing about them is that they’ll bloom throughout the season until the frost hits. If you live in a frost-free climate, you can look forward to a year-round bloom.
18. Japanese Anemone
The light pink color of Japanese anemones may be exactly what you need to bring more peace to your landscape, especially if you live in zones 4 through 8.
It will bloom from mid and late summer through fall, giving you a long time to enjoy its gentle blossoms.
There are even more things that make the Japanese anemone special. It has beautiful deep green foliage, a long blooming period, attracts all sorts of pollinators, and is quite easy to grow.
Simply provide it with enough shade (not too much or it may become leggy) and a nutrient-rich, moist, and well-draining growing medium.
19. Knock-Out Roses
Landscaping with knock-out roses will leave you with a rich-looking yard whether you plant them in groups or just use one as a focal point.
These species usually come in some shade of pink that look amazing in perennial beds or planters.
Just give them as much sunlight as possible and they’ll bloom profusely, producing the prettiest flowers spring through fall.
And they’re hardy in zones 5-9.
20. Lily Of The Valley
Growing lily of the valley isn’t that demanding. Keep it in part or full shade and plant it in a well-draining and consistently moist medium.
This plant is a perennial in zones 2-9 and starts producing its bell-shaped flowers in May.
The gentle and exquisite fragrance makes lily of the valley so popular among gardeners, and its clumping growth habit and ability to act as ground cover only add to the overall allure.
Lily of the valley also spreads quickly, so you won’t have to worry about replanting it any time soon.
If you need a hardy, durable, and low-maintenance plant for your beginner garden, then lupine is the choice for you.
It grows in zones 3-9, loves full sun but can tolerate partial shade, and needs a well-draining soil to flourish.
In return, lupines will attract numerous pollinators and provide vertical interest to your garden.
The flowers also come in various shades, and you can accentuate the pink ones with white and peach colored blossoms for a striking landscape.
22. Oriental Lilies
We’re all used to white lilies and seeing them in ceremonial situations, but there’s more to this flower than that.
Oriental lilies are one of my favorites as they’re hardy in zones 3-9, make for amazing cut flowers, and come in a variety of colors, including pink.
They’ll bloom in spring and shower your garden with oriental beauty as long as you keep them in fertile, well-draining soil and expose them to as much direct sunlight as you can.
Nothing beats the classic beauty of peonies and no pink garden is the same without them.
These plushy balls are like magnets to bees, and their exquisite fragrance makes you want to spend all your time around them.
They bloom from April to June and will reward you with numerous flowers as long as you expose them to full sun in the morning and some light shade during hot afternoons.
If you want to turn into an expert on these plants, understanding the peony growth stages can help you out and allow you to implement better care at any given phase. Growing this plant in its preferred zones of 3-8 will make its care much simpler.
Snapdragon, or antirrhinum, has a lovely cluster of flowers that appear from June and keep appearing until October.
‘Pretty in Pink’ is one of the most popular pink varieties, but you may know it by the name perennial snapdragon. It has a rich pink color and blooms in abundance when exposed to full or partial sun.
What makes gardeners love this plant is the fact that it attracts beneficial insects, thrives in rock gardens, and doesn’t need that much care.
It is a perennial in zones 7-11, so plant it as a border or a focal point there and it’ll come back year after year.
Tulips are the spring gems of any garden, blooming in all sorts of colors.
That’s why there’s a tulip color symbolism chart that will tell you exactly what your particular variety signifies. Pink ones represent love, affection, and good wishes, by the way!
Choose ones that are pale pink to rich magenta and add a dash of color to your yard. Tulips will be one of the first blooming flowers in your garden, attract pollinators, are low-maintenance, and you can do all sorts of landscaping designs with them.
They are perennials in zones 4-10 and will bloom abundantly if you plant them in a sunny location and well-draining medium.
I hope these choices have inspired you to plant some in your garden, create a whole-pink recluse, or combine them with other plants.
Until next time!