.With the success of the Barbie movie and her long standing and iconic relationship with the color pink, we thought we would take a look at the usage of pink in the garden. The color pink adds a vibrant and captivating touch to any garden. Its presence can create a visually pleasing and harmonious atmosphere that attracts attention and enhances the overall beauty of the space.

One reason why pink is great to use in the garden is its versatility. There are numerous shades of pink available, ranging from soft pastels to bold fuchsias. This wide range allows for endless possibilities in terms of color combinations and design options. Pink flowers, such as roses, peonies, cherry blossoms, and carnations, are popular choices for adding splashes of color to garden beds or borders. These blooms not only offer stunning visual appeal but also emit a delicate fragrance that can further enhance the sensory experience in the garden.

Pink foliage plants can add depth and interest to garden landscapes. Plants like Japanese maples with their delicate pink leaves or ornamental grasses with hints of blush can provide texture and contrast against greenery. Using pink in the garden also has the ability to evoke feelings of calmness, romance, and femininity. This makes it an ideal choice for creating intimate spaces or relaxing areas where one can unwind and enjoy nature's beauty.

Pink is known for its symbolism of love, compassion, and joy. By incorporating this color into your garden design, you not only create an aesthetically pleasing environment but also infuse positive emotions into the space.

Here are some of our favorite pink plants:

Caladium - Caladium plants, also known as angel wings or elephant ears, are tropical plants native to South America. These plants have heart-shaped or arrowhead-shaped leaves with intricate patterns and vibrant colors. The leaf veins create unique patterns that add to their visual appeal. Caladiums are often used in gardens, landscapes, and indoor spaces as ornamental plants due to their striking foliage. These plants are prized for their beautiful foliage and adaptability to various environments. Whether used as focal points in garden beds or potted accents indoors, these tropical beauties add a touch of exotic charm wherever they are planted. Spring Fling and Pink Cloud are two exciting caladiums to grow in your garden. 

Cherry Blossom - Cherry blossom plants are a beautiful and iconic symbol of springtime in many parts of the world. They are native to East Asia, particularly Japan, where they hold great cultural significance. Cherry blossom plants are deciduous and typically reach a height of 15 to 25 feet. The branches are adorned with clusters of delicate pink or white blossoms that create a breathtaking display when in full bloom. The blossoms have five petals and a distinct fragrance that adds to their allure. The blooming period of cherry blossoms is relatively short, usually lasting only one to two weeks. This fleeting beauty adds to the mystique and allure surrounding these plants.

Dianthus - Dianthus plants, also known as carnations or pinks, are known for their vibrant and long-lasting flowers. These perennial plants have delicate petals and sweet fragrances, they are a popular choice for gardens and floral arrangements. Dianthus plants come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, red, white, and even bi-colored varieties. They typically have narrow grayish-green leaves that form compact clumps or mounds. The flowers themselves have a distinct fringed or serrated edge, adding an extra touch of elegance. One notable characteristic of Dianthus plants is their ability to thrive in various climates and soil conditions. They prefer well-drained soil with moderate moisture levels and require full sun exposure for optimal growth. Capitán™ Pink+Eye Dianthus is a new variety that will be available next year. This new variety has larger carnation plants which are ideal for medium-sized and larger containers or can be a feature plant in the garden.

Fuchsia - Fuchsia plants are known for their stunning and vibrant flowers that come in a wide range of colors. These beautiful flowering plants are native to South America and New Zealand. The fuchsia plant features delicate and pendulous flowers that hang gracefully from the branches. The blooms can vary in size, with some varieties producing small dainty flowers while others have larger and more showy blooms. The colors of fuchsia flowers range from shades of pink, purple, red, white, and even bi-color combinations. In addition to their attractive flowers, fuchsia plants also have distinctive foliage. The leaves are typically dark green in color and may have a serrated or lobed shape. This foliage provides an appealing backdrop to the vibrant blossoms.

Hydrangea – Our list of favorite pink plants would not be complete without including hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are known for their large clusters of flowers that come in a variety of colors, including pink, blue, white, and purple. The color of the bloom is influenced by the pH level of the soil they are planted in. Acidic soil tends to produce blue flowers while alkaline soil produces pink ones. These plants typically have large, glossy leaves that provide an attractive backdrop for their showy flowers. Hydrangeas can vary in size depending on the species and cultivar, ranging from compact varieties suitable for containers or small gardens to larger shrubs that can reach several feet tall. Proven Winners has this beautiful new pink hydrangea that will be available next year called Pinky Winky Prime™ Panicle Hydrangea

Peony - Peony plants are a popular and beloved addition to gardens. These perennial flowering plants are known for their stunning, large, and fragrant blooms. They come in a variety of colors including shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. The flowers can be single or double-petaled, with some varieties even exhibiting unique color patterns. Gardeners often choose peonies as focal points in flower beds or borders due to their eye-catching blooms that typically appear in late spring or early summer. They can also be used as cut flowers for floral arrangements due to their long vase life. The top pink peony and one of our favorite peonies is Sarah Bernhardt.

Rose Campion - Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) is a delightful perennial plant that adds a splash of color to any garden. Also known as "mullein pink" or “crown pink, rose campion is cherished for its vibrant and showy flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. The leaves of the rose campion are lance-shaped with a velvety texture, giving them a unique silver-gray hue that contrasts beautifully with the vividly colored flowers. The flowers themselves are held on tall stalks above the foliage and feature five petals arranged in a star-like shape. The magenta variety is particularly popular for its rich and intense hue. Hardiness zones 5-8.

Verbena - Verbena plants are popular due to their vibrant colors and beautiful blooms. These flowering plants are known for their versatility and hardiness. Verbena can be found in both perennial and annual varieties. One of the most striking features of verbena plants is their wide range of colors. They come in shades of purple, pink, red, blue, white, and more. This makes them an excellent choice for adding pops of color to flower beds, borders, or containers. We love the new variety Verbena Beats Pink Shade because of its bright, bold pink color.

Let us know your favorite pink plant.

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