Pink flowers are at the heart of my summer garden colour.
While editing my photos for my summer garden tour, I noticed that the most beautiful plants and plant combinations had pink or variations of pink in them.
So here are some pink flowers and why you should consider them.
Roses – the classic pink flowers
You have to start with roses when you’re thinking about pink flowers, don’t you?
But they don’t have to be pastel, sugary pinks (although I love those too). The deep rich pinks, like Charles D Mills rose – below – add depth and richness to a border scheme.
If you garden in a tricky situation, such as a windy or exposed site, then try the deep pink ‘Gabriel Oak’ from David Austin Roses. It has been bred to grow in poor soil or in shadier parts of the garden.
Pink peonies – but think about the foliage
Peonies, like roses, are classic pink flowers. I have three peonies in this garden. I love them for their emerging foliage in spring – it goes so beautifully with primroses.
All peonies have good spring foliage. But when buying a peony, ask about its autumn foliage. This peony below is unnamed because it was in the garden when we moved in. It has beautiful autumn foliage and so contributes to the garden for three seasons a year.
Self-seeding pink flowers
Is it my imagination or are many of the best self-seeding flowers pink?
Self-seeders are a big part of my garden in May and June – I counted more than 25 different types of self seeder.
Foxgloves often seem to do best when they self seed. They are marvellously architectural as well as being pretty.
Bee friendly pink flowers
Bees particularly love purple as they can see it well. I have bees buzzing around my purple alliums, but pollinating insects also love all open centred flowers.
Where would the summer garden be without a pink iris? They are so beautifully sculptural, yet are very easy care (see this post about choosing and growing irises.)
Try an unusual pink variety
It’s always nice to buy a common plant in an unusual colour or variant. I love this black elder, and its foliage adds drama to the border from spring to the end of summer. It’s deciduous, so has no leaves in winter. It’s easy care and its pink flowers are very, very pretty.
There are lots of wonderful pink perennials – bergenias, dahlias, echinacea, dianthus, asters, delphiniums and more. My favourite for May and June is verbascum. It’s loved by bees and has distinctive spikes.
Pink flowers that are almost weeds…
We’re getting more relaxed about weeds (see this post on Wild About Weeds by Jack Wallington). And there are some very pretty pink weeds, such as toadflax, wood sorrel, rosebay willowherb and herb Robert.
And there are also plants that are almost weeds, such as this beautiful wild gladioli (Gladiolus communis subsp ‘Byzantius’) that has romped round this garden for 80+ years.
See the early summer garden in video
There are more views of the garden and its pink flowers in this video.
Shop my favourite gardening tools, books and products
I’m often asked for recommendations so I’ve put together lists of the gardening tools, books and products I use myself on the Middlesized Garden Amazon store. Links to Amazon are affiliate so I may get a small fee if you buy, but I only list the products I use myself and believe you would like.
For example, if you want to find out more about which plants to choose for your garden, I’ve put together a list of my favourite books on plants. It includes 365 Days of Colour in Your Garden by Nick Bailey and The Bold and Brilliant Garden by Sarah Raven.
And do let me know which gardening books you find particularly helpful when you’re choosing garden plants.
Pin to remember pink flowers
And do join us every Sunday – see how to follow the Middlesized Garden.