Top 6 Pink Perennial Flowers (With Photos)

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By Arthur Mbanefo

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I know there is a whirlwind of different opinions about pink flowers. Some say it is girly. But I think it is such a sensational color to have in your garden.

It is warm and inviting and evokes positive emotions.  And that is the kind of soothing feeling a home should give. 

Guess what? 

We have brought some of the most spectacular pink perennial flowers with highly visible and attention-grabbing blooms to take your garden’s curb appeal to the next level. 

Some of the pink perennial flowers we will discuss are Achimenes, Amarcrinum, Aster, Bleeding Hearts, and many more. 

Top 6 Pink Perennial Flowers

1. Achimenes

Many know it as the Hot Water Plant or Cupid’s Bower with trumpet-shaped flowers. 

However, this perennial is a tropical flowering plant from the Gesneriaceae family –native to Central and South America regions. 

Gardeners loved it in containers, hanging baskets, or as ground cover due to its growth habit. 

The Tubular blooms are the most standout features.

These distinctive trumpet-shaped blooms and the foliage instill vibrant and eye-catching interests into your garden. 

However, for Achimenes to thrive, it must be in zone 10-11.

2. Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop loves it out in the wild. They feel like wild animals kept in captivity in your garden. 

Well, that doesn’t mean they won’t reward you with their bottlebrush blooms arranged in whorls –just ensure it is planted in zones 4 to 8. 

Furthermore, the foliage and blossoms are reminiscent of sweet, licorice-like scents that make them enjoyable in teas, desserts, salads, and cocktails. 

YES, you heard me. They are also culinary herbs. Hence, you have edible landscaping with the Anise Hyssop.

Another standout feature is that Anise Hyssop is a pollinator magnet. They enrich your outdoors with bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinating insects. 

Edible Landscaping: Incorporate Anise Hyssop into your garden to provide visual appeal and culinary utility. Its leaves and flowers can be harvested for teas, salads, and herbal infusions.

3. Antirrhinum (SnapDragon)

The Antirrhinum is popularly known as snapdragon due to its unique flower shape that resembles a dragon’s mouth when squeezed gently.

They are native to the Mediterranean and bloom more graciously in zones 7 to 11.

Snapdragons are also excellent on flower beds and borders. 

You can squeeze them in your container gardening in pots, window boxes, and hanging baskets to add color to your patios and balconies. 

And since they can withstand light frost, they are also suitable for cool-season gardens. 

4. Aster

Depending on the cultivar, aster flowers, shape, color, size, and even blooming seasons can vary.  

However, they are most likely to have a central disk encompassed by ray-like petals. 

Some of the popular varieties are:

  • Aster novi-belgii: This variety has small, daisy-like white, purple, or pink flowers). They are also late-season bloomers.
  • Aster novae-angliae: Extremely appealing to butterflies and late-season pollinators with their larger and more vividly-colored flowers.
  • Aster tataricus: This Aster has lengthy spikes of lavender-blue flowers.
  • Aster x frikartii ‘Monch’: Similar to the Aster tatricus but with compact growth habit. 

You can use either of these Asters in different garden settings, from mixed borders to cottage-style, wildflower, cutting, and pollinator gardens. 

Asters has all the qualities! 

5. Baptisia

Baptisia has a lot of similarities to the indigo plant, which is why they call it false indigo. 

Their striking pea-like flower that spikes with attractive foliage qualifies it as an ornamental plant. 

They add a touch of wilderness to your garden due to their shrub-like appearance with densely packed individual flowers. 

Some of the popular varieties are:

  • Baptisia australis (has deep blue to purple flowers)
  • Baptisia’s Solar Flare (vibrant yellow flowers) 
  • Baptisia ‘Purple Smoke’: (smoky purple flowers)
  • Baptisia ‘Carolina Moonlight’ (pale yellow blossoms)

They all vary in size and growth habits. Some are compact, while others grow taller and bushy. 

6. Bleeding Hearts

The name suggests how the flower looks. A heart-shaped flower with a protruding inner petal arching from a stem that creates the visual effect of a heart bleeding. 

Their fern-like, divided foliage also contributes to their overall attractiveness. 

It is such a fascinating flower to watch. And the fact that they are nectar-rich and draw bees and hummingbirds makes it even more breathtaking. 

The bleeding hearts hails from Northern Asia but has become widespread but thrives more in zone 2 to 9. 

They are clump-forming perennials that can grow bushy but in an upright direction.

Also, they love their soil to be moist and well-draining and can tolerate light shade. 

If you wish to have more than one bleeding heart tree, I suggest mixing things up with the Alba, Valentine, and Gold Heart varieties. 

List Of Companion Plants That Pair Well With Pink Perennials

A stand-alone flower won’t be as attractive as one with a neighboring plant that heightens its appearance. 

Not every flower pairs well or complements each other. Some come into the space to drag for dominance (with their growth habit) and bring out the worst in the other plant. 

However, here are a couple of perennials with complementary color that suits any of the above flowers: 

  • Purple Perennials: Purple lavender, purple coneflower, or Russian sage blooms will always provide an eye-catching contrast and visually appeal to pink flowers.
  • White Perennials: White varieties of Shasta daisies, white peonies, or even phlox serve as a classic and elegant backdrop next to pink blooms.
  • Blue Perennials: This might sound weird, but Blue and pink flowers pair harmoniously, especially if it is salvias, catmint, or blue delphiniums.
  • Yellow Perennials: I do not like yellow blooms, but seeing them alongside pink looks stunning. Yellow perennials that do this exceptionally well are coreopsis, black-eyed Susans, or yarrow (Achillea).
  • Evergreen Shrubs: 

Aside from these perennials, you can also throw in a couple of tall ornamental grasses like feather reed grass or miscanthus grass behind our pink bloomers to add vertical interest. 

Ground Covers like Creeping thyme, sweet alyssum, or groundcover sedums can fill the gaps in between, creating a lush green carpet that complements your pink blooms. 

Foliage plants are also one to consider since the attractive foliage adds accents and interesting texture. I recommend the Japanese-painted ferns, heucheras, or hostas.

Lastly, evergreen Shrubs like dwarf conifers, boxwood, or holly will provide that HUGE, all-year-round frame that serves as a backdrop for your seasonal bloomers.

Each recommendation is a companion plant because they create harmonious color combinations and find common ground with these pink perennial flowers regarding their sun/shade preference, soil, and watering requirement. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Pink Perennials Be Grown In Containers?

Only a few pink perennials are container-friendly due to their mature size and growth habits. 

And here are the few that allow you to enjoy their beauty despite your limited garden space on your patio or balcony:

  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)
  • Sedum ( Sedum spectabile ‘Neon’)
  • Astilbe
  • Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’)
  • Lobelia (Lobelia x speciosa ‘Fan Burgundy’ or ‘Rosamond,’)
  • Penstemon (Beardtongue)
  • Salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna)
  • Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox)
  • Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
  • Geranium (‘Rozanne’ or ‘Biokovo) 
  • Hemerocallis (Daylily)
  • Armeria maritima (Dusseldorf Pride)

Are Pink Perennials Deer-Resistant?

Not all pink perennials will escape deer browsing.

 Plenty of pink perennials are deer-resistant due to their less appealing fragrance or taste. 

Some good examples are: 

  • Lavandula (Lavender)
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Salvia (Sage)
  • Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Helleborus (Lenten Rose)
  • Penstemon (Beardtongue)
  • Achillea (Yarrow)
  • Agastache (Hyssop)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Liatris (Gayfeather)

Do All Pink Perennials Attract Pollinators?

While pink blooms might naturally seem alluring, not every pink perennial has the minerals (the same level of appeal) to attract bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. 

The ability of a flower to attract pollinators depends on the type of flower, its fragrance, nectar availability, and the preferences of the pollinating insects. 

But here is a short list of popular pink perennials that get pollinators jonesing for nectar and uplifting your garden’s ecosystem.

  • Echinacea (Coneflower)
  • Monarda (Bee Balm)
  • Phlox paniculata (Garden Phlox)
  • Liatris spicata (Gayfeather or Blazing Star)
  • Salvia nemorosa (Meadow Sage)
  • Achillea millefolium (Yarrow)
  • Dianthus (Pinks)
  • Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan)
  • Helenium (Sneezeweed)
  • Agastache (Hyssop or Anise Hyssop)
  • Penstemon (Beardtongue)
  • Knautia macedonica (Macedonian Scabious)
  • Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
  • Caryopteris (Bluebeard)

Conclusion

So that is all for today about pink perennial flowers. 

This is only a short list of some of the best pink perennial flowers.  

There are many options, way too many for gardeners to choose from. Unfortunately, we CAN’T include everything here. 

Moreover, tracking the number of pink perennial flower species and varieties available is difficult, as new species are continually developing.

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