Top 55 Beautiful Pink Flowers For Your Garden

Pink is a greatly admired color when it comes to gardens – it’s the color of many blossoms which herald spring’s arrival, and the darker days which are numbered, those days will turn warmer and brighter for longer, and it won’t be long until we can sit out on a summer evening and enjoy the garden once more. 

Pink is often associated with romance, affection, tenderness, and positivity.

We’ve put together this guide to help you pick between some of the most beautiful pink flowers available, and find what’s right for your garden, and the symbolism behind the color pink.

Pink Color Meaning

Colors can have a large impact on our lives. They can remind us of the past, of the people we’ve loved, and can even affect our moods. 

A mix of red and white, pink has all the tenderness and affection of red without the more severe connotations of war, blood, or passion – white replaces these with a sense of peace, youth, and cheerfulness. During the Victorian era, in the language of flowers, pink broadly represented warm affection, though the meaning could change depending on which flower had the pink bloom. 

Studies have shown that there is a link between pink being present in our surroundings and a sense of calm and relaxation, as well as security, sweetness, and softness. Pink is a source of positivity, which can encourage more positive reactions in life, and while it’s traditionally a symbol of attraction, it carries a more light-hearted, sweeter message than red.

Curiously, in different countries, pink stands for different things.  In Latin America, it’s commonly symbolic of architecture, and in Korea, it represents trust. In the US, it symbolizes femininity, childhood, and homosexuality. 

In Japan, pink is strongly associated with spring and the cherry blossom blooming, which in itself symbolizes both renewal and the fleeting beauty of youth. In India, it stands for good health, youth, and excitement.

These are just some associations that we have with pink, which, as a flower color, is a wealth of positivity and affection. 

Flowering Plants with Beautiful Pink Flowers to Add to Your Garden

Roses

Roses are among the most admired flowers in both garden design and floristry, where they’ve been admired for their many scents, shapes, and colors, and where they’ve been heralds of secret meanings of deep emotion for many years. They feature throughout folklore and mythology. We know the Romans admired them for their scent, and used the petals as confetti during celebrations and games. The Ancient Egyptians used the rose in cosmetics, in healing balms, and left at tombs.

Roses come in wildly varying shapes, forms, scents, and colors, in pink, purple, white, orange, red, yellow, and those that can’t yet be grown naturally are dyed, such as black, blue, and green.

There is a type to suit your garden, as they come as climbers, as standard ‘tree’ roses, as bushes, as ramblers – whatever your garden space, there is a rose for you, with over 100 species that fall under the Rosa genus.

Maintenance and care depends on the type of rose you choose, so to help you decide, you can visit our guide to roses here.

Lily

Lilies come in various sizes, shapes, and flower forms, but all add lovely displays to your garden. As they grow from bulbs, they’re relatively easy to grow, considering how beautiful they are (and usually, the more beautiful the flower, the harder it is to care for) and flower continuously through summer.

Depending on the type, lilies can grow from 2 feet to 6 feet tall, and do well in full sun. They are also happy in containers, where you may be able to avoid the wrath of the lily beetle, which usually live in the ground and like reducing the leaves to Swiss cheese. They need freely-draining soil and regular watering to continue producing their spectacular flowers, which will come back year after year, if taken care of.

Lilac Bush

Lilac bushes are not technically trees, but they can reach as tall as up to 25 feet. They can also be grown as smaller bushes. All are deciduous, where they shed their leaves during the colder months. They treat any garden with a lovely display of rich color in late spring, with a strong fragrance, which is often used in cosmetics and perfume. Flowers come in pinks, whites, and purples.

If you plant them in full sun – or you can expose your existing lilac to full sun – they’ll produce more flowers and last longer. 

Lilac bushes need a well-draining soil, but they also like regular watering. You can also position these plants near fences and as hedges to section off parts of the garden, but they do well in borders too.

Allium

Alliums add sprays of color and interest to any garden. They’re members of the garlic family, and if you notice a resemblance to the chive flower – that’s because they’re relatives. They’re also good companion plants – because they give off a very faint fragrance of garlic, slugs won’t go near them, so plant them close to hostas, and your hostas will be slug-free.

Alliums come in a range of color, shapes, height, and appear at different times of the year. They’re popular for cut flower gardens and are used to add architecture in floral displays, with their globular clusters of flowers, and when the seed heads are finished, they make lovely dried arrangements which resemble a dandelion seed head.

Alliums grow best in freely-draining soil, and full sun. They don’t mind partial shade, and are happy both in containers and in borders to peek through your other flowers.

Hyacinth

Hyacinths are sometimes considered another herald of spring, and are valued for their strong scent, which often means they’re sold as houseplants to fill your house with fragrance. Unlike many flowering plants that bloom indoors, once they’ve finished flowering you can plant them outside, and they’ll come back year after year. 

They don’t take a lot of maintenance, as they’ll look after themselves, with the bulbs re-absorbing the spent flowers and foliage. The flowers come in rich colors, and are as often used for outside displays as well as indoors.

Hyacinth blooms come in whites, pinks, purples, blues, and reds. While they’re known for flowering during spring, they can also flower several times a year, and sometimes they’re sold for the Christmas season.

‘Dark Eyes’ Fuchsia

The ‘Dark Eyes’ fuchsia is an annual form of fuchsia, and produces impressive flowers which drape down from the foliage, and are usually bi-colored, with the outer petals being one color, and the lower petals being another. 

Fuchsias are a good choice for hanging baskets because of the way the flowers trail, though some forms are bushes and can even be trained as trees. Other Fuchsias can come in perennial forms, which need overwintering to survive frost, but will otherwise come up year after year. 

Depending on the variety, fuchsias tolerate full sun to full shade, but all prefer well-draining soil and regular watering.

Peony

Like roses, peonies have also been admired throughout history for their beautiful blooms and fragrance, which is often an ingredient in cosmetics and perfume. They come in a rich color palette that include white, pink, red, yellow, and orange shades. Hybrids can even be bi-colored, such as Sorbet, or Bowl of Beauty.  

They also attract pollinators which brings a range of life into your garden. Peonies can grow up to 4 feet tall and spread to the same, and need full sun to produce as many flowers as the plant can offer. They also grow well in containers as well as in the ground.

Tulip

Tulips are often the most popular choice when it comes to flowers that bloom in spring. There’s a vast variety of types, shapes, and colors to choose from, which will fulfill even your wildest tropical or unusual garden dreams.

If cared for properly, tulip bulbs will flower for years and years, and may create new tulips by themselves, which you could plant in other areas of your garden if you wish, as they’re easy to divide. 

Essentially, tulips prefer full sun to get the best out of the blooms, and some close on darker days or when the sun hides behind a cloud, opening once more when the flower feels the rays again. They need soil that drains well, so the bulbs don’t rot, and prefer being watered regularly. Some bulbs grow as high as 15 inches tall and 6 inches wide, and while some flowers can be long-lived if given the right conditions, some only live for a week, but they’ll be back next year.

Dianthus

While small, these flowers are no less beautiful. They offer fragrance, delicate pink blooms that can be one solid color or bicolored, and the plant can carpet your soil in different hues of pink for a spectacular look. They need full sun and well-drained soil in order to produce the most flowers possible. Dianthus plants reach up to 6 inches tall, and about 18 inches wide, but they can spread, which you can divide into separate plants and pop them elsewhere, if they start taking over a border.

Camellia

Camellias aren’t too fussy about maintenance, and will grow quite easily in containers, in borders, or as tall, architectural features of their own. They enjoy full sun, and will produce flowers in different hues of pink and white nearly all year, if there’s no heavy frosts. They prefer moist, rich soil.

Yarrow

This plant boasts feathery foliage and flat clusters of tiny, numerous flowers on the tops of long stems. It’s quite a hardy plant, but prefers full sun and soil that drains well. It’s also a herb, and has been used to stop bleeding wounds as a coagulant, and is part of the daisy family.

They’re often used in floristry for their numerous flowers and tall stems, which can grow to 24 inches tall. Yarrow also makes a good dried flower.

Lychnis Coronaria

Known as the crown of the field, or the rose campion, this is a short-lived perennial or biennial which is still gorgeous. It has richly-hued pink flowers which develop on the top of tall stems, and like many of the plants on this list, does best in a sunny position and well-drained soil.

Petunia

Petunias are one of the ‘classic’ flowers to have in your garden, as they’re easy to grow, come in many varieties, and are admired for their wide color palette. You can grow them in hanging baskets, containers, or in borders, but they tend to do best in the first two. They don’t mind hot, sunny days, as long as they get enough water, but they don’t tolerate frost. There’s also a climbing petunia, if you want sprays of color that grow up trellises, gates, or walls. 

They need full sun and moist, well-draining soil. When they’re planted in hanging baskets or containers – like any plant, really – they’ll need more watering than if they were in the ground, as the temperature will be hotter than the soil in the ground, causing them to lose more water more quickly. 

Petunias can bloom for the whole summer, if you remove the dead and dying flowers. Some petunias also have a lovely fragrance.

Rhododendron

While a bit trickier to care for than some plants on this list, rhododendrons are renowned for their spectacular, showy flowers, which several flowers can bloom from a single bud, giving you a wealth of color in your garden. Depending on the type, they’ll produce flowers in spring, summer, or autumn. 

Colors can vary from pink, purple, red, yellow, white, or even bicolors. Some rhododendrons can reach up to 14 meters tall, and while that would take a good long while, it’s best to plan ahead, as you’re a custodian of your garden, the same as you are with a property. It’s best to grow rhododendrons where they won’t get crowded as they get bigger and older, as this could affect how many flowers the plant produces. 

Rhododendrons grow well under other trees as well as in their own right, and can be placed in the edges of borders, and can be used to ‘separate’ areas of your garden into different zones or ‘rooms’. Some prefer partial shade or full sun, but under or near other trees will ensure some protection against extreme cold or heat. 

Different types require different care, watering routines, soil pH, and climatic conditions. Essentially, they prefer acidic soil, and you can get a pH tester to measure this – but you can also tell by which plants do really well in your garden, as some species do better in alkaline soil. 

‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm

Bee Balm flowers will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds galore to your garden, which benefits the whole of your garden, as more plants will be pollinated. These flowers offer a tropical paradise feel to your garden, and boast a lovely sweet fragrance when they bloom in mid to late summer. 

The ‘Raspberry Wine’ variety comes in shades of pink, though you do get other colors such as red, white, orange and purple.

Bee Balm plants can reach 30 inches tall, and prefers full sun or partial shade, and needs soil that drains freely, so it can be watered regularly.

Wisteria

Wisteria is a lovely climbing vine which blooms in mid to late spring, with large grape-like clusters of small flowers. It does have a habit of over-taking its neighbors or the structure it climbs up, but you can prune it back to prevent invasive growth.

Wisteria is often used for cascading displays of gorgeous color, usually planted near seating areas, so you can enjoy it to its fullest.

The plant can reach up to 30 feet long, and while you can train it to certain heights or shapes, you may need to prune it to keep it where you want it. The flowers have a gorgeous fragrance, and attract a variety of pollinators which will also help your garden, but these blooms only appear in sunny places, and where the soil is damp but well-drained. It’s also not advisable to let your wisteria grow on trees, as it will eventually kill the tree it climbs up. 

Hibiscus

Hibiscus plants certainly bring a feeling of paradise to your garden with their huge blooms. These flowers only last a couple of days, but the plant produces these flowers in spring, summer, and autumn, depending on the conditions.

They also come in many colors to suit a variety of planting schemes, from white, red, purple, pink, and yellow. It needs a bright, sunny position for at least most of the day, and wants soil that drains freely.  

Hydrangea

Planting hydrangeas in your garden is an easy way to add height, color, and architectural foliage into your garden. You can grow them in pots, but they prefer being in the ground. You can also get them as climbing plants, which are ideal for growing up the sides of walls or houses. Depending on the alkalinity of the soil, pink or blue blooms will stay that color or change to the other. You can also get them in white, and green-tinged white blooms. 

Hydrangeas don’t mind wintry conditions, as long as you leave last year’s growth on until spring, as the old growth will protect the new growth from frost. Don’t do this until the weather has warmed up a bit, or you risk damaging the plant. They’ll start flowering in early spring, which will continue all the way through until the weather gets cold in autumn. 

Amaryllis

Amaryllis produces impressive, large blooms, and while it’s a rare occurrence, you won’t forget it. The stem, which usually doesn’t have any foliage attached, can reach up to 2 feet in height, and forms a trumpet-shaped flower at the top, which can be as big as 10 inches. 

Amaryllis flowers come in white, pink, red, apricot, and purple, and can be bicolored, which is usually red and white. They can be grown indoors or out, but the best way is to grow them outdoors in a pot when the weather is warm, and as it gets cooler, move them inside. They don’t tolerate the harsh conditions or cooler temperatures of autumn and winter, but enjoy a lot of sunlight, as the plant is native to Africa. Like Hyacinths, Amaryllis bulbs don’t like being buried in containers, they prefer sitting close to the surface, and may need staking for support.

Lupine

Also known as lupins, these flowers are admired for their towering clusters of blooms which form on flowering spires, high above the foliage. They prefer freely-draining soil, and full sun for the best part of the day.

You can get lupins in a range of colors which will suit any garden, including red, yellow, purple, pink, and blue. As the flowers are tall, you can plant them at the back of borders in order to add interest and height to your planting. While they come back year after year, you can collect the seed pods from the finished flower spikes, but before planting them the year after, you’ll need to keep them in the fridge for a week. This period of cold signals to the seeds that it’s a new season, which will encourage them to germinate.

Periwinkle

Periwinkles do well at the front of shady borders, as they grow fairly short, and spread quite easily. They don’t like full sun, as it can burn the plant, and it does well in partial shade. Flowers come in pinks, blues, purples, and red, though the last one is rarer. They don’t mind drought conditions, so the periwinkle is good underneath trees, where tree roots will absorb the majority of the water in the soil. It’s easy to care for, and will produce flowers year after year.

Forget-me-not

The name of this easily-spreading, tiny flower, originates from the belief that wearing such a bloom will prevent you from being forgotten by your loved ones. It’s valued in gardens today for its color and relatively tall stems in relation to the tiny flower. Forget-me-nots grow quickly and can spread across a garden, filling in bare patches, and can grow through other plants, providing unplanned but beautiful displays. They also have a relatively short flowering period, so they don’t really hamper the growth of their neighboring plants. 

Thyme

While a herb which is valued for a variety of uses, thyme also provides a great display of pink flowers, and is commonly used as ground cover. Like most herbs, thyme likes well-draining, poor soil, and full sun, so it makes a good plant for rockery gardens or to border pathways or seating areas. The fragrance this plant produces is also another valuable property of this plant, which is another reason it is so widely used in gardens across the world.

Columbine

Also known as aquilegia or Granny’s Bonnet, these flowers can create a beautiful display, and if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere which hosts hummingbirds, this plant is a magnet for them. 

They come in bicolors, as well as pink, red, yellow, blue, and violet. It prefers a mild climate where it will get full sun, in a freely-draining soil.

It can be grown in other growing conditions so long as the soil isn’t too wet or too dry. Some varieties prefer rocky or woodland gardens, and partial shade, so there will be a variety suitable for your garden. 

Geranium

Like the Petunia or the Rose, Geraniums are another firm favorite with gardeners. They bloom for long periods of time, starting in spring, and this can last through until the first frosts. Some types of geranium feature a fragrance that runs through the whole plant, not just the flower, and the scent is often used in perfume and cosmetics. 

They come in a range of colors and types, including climbing geraniums, trailing geraniums, and ones you can happily place in the ground or in pots. Most geraniums want fully-draining soil and full sun, but this depends on the type you get. 

They can also be grown as houseplants, or overwintered inside to protect them from frost.

Aster

Asters bloom late into the year, which makes them valuable for adding color during seasons where most of the flowers in your garden might have finished. There’s quite a color palette for asters, including dark red, apricot, orange, yellow, purple, blue, pink, and white. It will bloom until the first frost, hence the name “frost flower”, and doesn’t mind cooler temperatures. Partial sun is best for asters, where they’ll produce lots of flowers, provided the plant sits in well-drained soil. Aster is the birth flower for September, and it was also lain on soldiers’ graves to convey the wish that things were different. It’s also reported that in Ancient Greece, people believed that burning aster flowers would ward off evil and deter snakes. 

Pink Daisy

Pink daisies are lovely, eye-catching flowers featuring the classic shape of a daisy. There are many other colors available, and can be argyranthemums, or part of the osteospermum family, both of which are types of daisy. Daisies tend to spread well and produce lots of flowers, and because they like warmer weather, they’re considered resistant to climate changes, which makes them a future-proof choice for your garden.

They don’t require a huge amount of watering, which makes them a plant that you can not worry about if you travel during a hot summer, as they’ll take care of themselves. To encourage more flowers, deadhead any dying ones, which will promote new growth.

Delphinium

Delphiniums traditionally symbolize attachment, which probably comes from the way they need to be staked, otherwise the tall flower spikes will break. They prefer full sun, but don’t like extremely hot temperatures or humid climates, and need somewhere sheltered where the wind can’t break them. They’re prized for the pink or blue blooms, which form towering clusters, and are usually grown in the middle or at the back of borders to accentuate their height. 

Violets

Violets or violas are tiny flowering plants which provide a wealth of color close to the ground, and are also used in salads or desserts as the flowers are edible and make stunning decorations. 

Violets come in many colors, and be bicolored or even tricolored, depending on the variety. Despite their delicate appearance, violets are also fairly hardy, and can bloom from early spring, through summer and into autumn. They like plenty of sun and well-drained soil, and will often seed a few stray violets near where you planted them a year before.

Antirrhinum

Commonly known as snapdragons, these perennials are valued for their long flowering season, and are often planted next to plants which will flower before or later, so they’re not upstaged. 

They can make a seriously beautiful display if you plant snapdragons in varying colors together. They come in pink, white, purple, yellow, red, orange, and bicolor varieties.

Like most flowering plants, you’ll get the best out of snapdragons if you deadhead any flowers which are fading, and that will encourage new blooms.

If your garden gets very cold during the winter, snapdragons are a good choice, as that’s the best time to plant them, in order for the plant to grow robust root systems. They usually flower in spring and or autumn. 

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums have been long-valued in China and Japan for centuries, and both hold festivals celebrating the flowers. They’re native to China, and come in many varieties which dictate their shapes, colors, and sizes. Most of them grow quite big flowers, which are used as cut flowers, and bloom during the autumn months. They can produce flowers in other seasons, if looked after. Once they’ve finished blooming, cut off the spent heads to encourage new growth.

Chrysanthemums prefer a position where they’ll get full sun, in well-drained soil.

Trifolium Rubens ‘Red Feathers’

As a wildflower, this plant is often introduced to gardens to attract a wealth of pollinators, and also for its ornamental value of feathery flowers. It prefers full sun and dry to moist soils.

Bergenia

If you want a ground cover choice that won’t take over the whole bed, Bergenia is a good choice. It features large pink rosettes which contrasts nicely with its dark foliage. 

It prefers little if no sunlight, so it’s a good choice under larger plants, and is considered a low maintenance plant.

Rose Thrift

Ameria maritima or rose thrift, is an interesting plant which the flowers ‘dance’ above the foliage in windy weather. The flowers come in pink, red, or white, and you can plant it along the edges of a border, or in a rocky place, and it will thrive. It contrasts well against other, taller flowers, as it only grows to a maximum height of 8 inches. 

Cherry Tree

Cherry trees are grown for their gorgeous ornamental value, and remain one of the most recognizable symbols of Japan and spring. Many admire these trees for their beauty, but probably fewer know that the flowers are edible. While many people travel to Japan to see the masses of cherry blossoms, the window in which they bloom can vary by a few weeks every year, depending on the weather. 

Coneflower

Also known as Echinacea, these flowers attract plenty of pollinators and the pink varieties are especially vivid and beautiful. They bloom well throughout the summer, and can be grown in containers or in the ground, though they prefer a sheltered, sunny spot to protect their long stems from the wind. 

Echinaceas quite like warm temperatures and dry conditions, which will kill more sensitive plants, making coneflowers a good choice for hotter conditions, or where you may travel a lot during the summer. They can grow up to 4 feet tall, and spread to 3 feet in width.

Dahlia

All dahlias are beautiful, though they’re especially gorgeous in pink, which can be one solid color, or part of a bicolored bloom. The size of flower head, petal shape and numbers all depend on the variety of dahlia, some of which have contrasting dark foliage which adds extra drama. Sizes of dahlia can range from 3 inches to 6 feet, depending on the variety. All prefer full sun and soil that drains freely.  

Anemone

Anemones grow from bulbs, which are generally planted during the winter months, and you’ll soon see some development. They’re often found in woodland areas, and are happy in full sun or partial shade, as long as the soil drains well.

Anemones are known for being long-flowering plants, which can cover three out of the four seasons, depending on the types. 

Anemones can symbolize luck and peace of mind.

Mandevilla

Mandevillas are one of the easiest vines you can grow. During summer, this plant will produce soft pink flowers throughout the season. It grows quickly, and it doesn’t need much maintenance, but it can take over an area if you’re not careful, as it can grow up to 20 feet tall! It needs indirect but bright light throughout the day, otherwise the sun can burn this plant.

Snapdragon

* See Antirrhinum

Dactylorhiza

Also known as the marsh orchid due to the flower’s resemblance, while this is a wild flower it is also commonly planted in gardens for its ornamental value. The petals also feature tiny spots like orchids or lilies. Like a foxglove, marsh orchids have low-growing foliage which contrasts with the tall flower stem, and is a low maintenance plant.

Hollyhock

Only one species of Hollyhock is native to the US, which is the streambank wild hollyhock, or iliamna rivularis, and the seeds produced can remain dormant in soil for more than fifty years. Like the name suggests, these grow along stream banks and meadows.

That’s not to say that other Hollyhocks can’t be included in your garden. They’re widely admired for their huge flowers. The plant itself can grow 8 feet tall, and as long as it gets full sun and well-draining soil, it will produce large clusters of flowers which can brighten up any garden.

Crab Apple Tree

Depending on the type, you can grow crab apple trees as ornamental plants for their pink blossom, or for their fruit as well. They need full sun to bloom properly, and can grow up to 25 feet tall, depending on the type. The crab apple tree is often planted in commercial orchards, as the blossom has a long flowering period, which attracts pollinators to the cultivated apple trees and aids yield.

Veronica

Veronicas are beautiful plants with impressive displays of tiny clustered flowers, which are popular with small gardens. They attract plenty of pollinators, and depending on the variety, can grow between 6 inches to 3 feet tall. Also known as spiked speedwell, there’s over 500 species of this plant, so there’s bound to be a perfect variety for your outdoor space. The plant comes from the plantain family. 

These plants need full sun or partial shade to bloom, and can flower throughout spring, summer and autumn, depending on the weather of course. 

Turtlehead

Also known as Chelone, these unusually shaped flowers are one of the most popular choices when it comes to autumn color, as they add a lot of interest during a season which doesn’t feature as many flowers. They grow up to 3 feet tall, and spread similarly. 

Turtlehead plants need swampy or boggy soil – so they’re ideal near ponds or lakes, but can be grown in shaded beds with lots of regular watering, which can make them a bit more high maintenance.  

Astilbe

Goat’s Beard, or Astilbe feature feathery blooms, which are often pink, white, or purple. Depending on the type, astilbe flowers during different seasons, but as a rule, flowers blossom late in summer and into autumn. 

It’s often used for ground cover where it spreads to about 17 inches, growing to a height of 11 inches, so you won’t have to worry about it blocking out the light for other plants. Despite its ground cover habit, it prefers a sunny place.

It’s also another drought-resistant plant, which is becoming increasingly important as the climate warms. 

Carnation

Carnations are renowned for their delicate blooms which come in a kaleidoscope of pink, some of which are bicolored. They’re good plants to fill any gaps in planting, but do require staking when they’re young, as the stems can be quite delicate and prone to breaking in strong winds. If you plant them somewhere sunny in freely-draining soil, they’ll often produce flowers in spring and carry on until autumn.

Most carnations carry a lovely scent, and are favorites of butterflies and birds, as well as – unfortunately – rabbits, so if you do live near rabbits, be careful where you plant these!

Heuchera

Also known as coral bells, this plant is admired for its unusual shape and pink stems. The foliage sits low to the ground, and produces flowers throughout the summer. It’s another plant which is useful for filling in gaps where spring flowers have finished. 

Bleeding Heart

These rays of unusually shaped flowers prefer full shade, so they’re ideal for under evergreen trees or shrubs. They can also spread to 3 feet wide, and grow to 4 feet tall, which produces a decent amount of cover where other plants will simply not grow. They’re usually bicolor, as pink and white, red and white, or pure white.

Iberis

Iberis, or candytuft, is a lovely plant which produces pink and purple flowers. It’s another plant suited for ground cover, as it doesn’t grow very tall, and prefers poor soil, so it’s a useful plant to have under demanding trees, and large shrubs which otherwise take most of the nutrients the soil provides. It’s an annual plant, so you’ll need to sow more seeds if you want more of it.

Foxglove

Foxgloves don’t require any maintenance besides the odd deadheading, which is lucky, as these plants are poisonous, and should be handled with care. They’re also a lovely ornamental plant which looks majestic with its towering blooms. 

Most foxgloves are biennials, which means they have a two-year lifecycle. They’ll grow everything but flowers the first year, give you a fantastic display the second year, and then set seed and die. When they set seed, they can make numerous new plants, which you’ll find popping up all around the parent plant in the spring.

This is a plant you want to avoid if your garden has pets or children as visitors, as the curious appearance of the plant can attract them. Foxgloves grow up to 6 feet tall, and 2 feet wide. Some types like full sun, and others prefer partial shade, but all foxgloves want well-draining soil which will prevent disease.

Bougainvillea

One of the prettiest displays you can get in a climbing bush, Bougainvillea are part of the Four O’clock genus, but won’t tolerate any kind of frost, so they’re only a good choice for warmer areas. You could try overwintering them, but this may have mixed results. It produces color nearly year-round, in shades of purple, pink, red, and deep burgundy. It’s a plant that needs a sunny place with freely-draining soil, and benefits from regular watering. 

It doesn’t mind some drought, which makes it relatively easy to care for during the height of summer, and adds a real tropical paradise to your garden.

Zinnia

Zinnias are beautiful annuals which can come in solid, single colors or bi-colors, which range from pink, yellow, red, white, and even green. They also come in a variety of shapes, so whatever your planting style, there’s a Zinnia to suit your garden. Zinnias need full sun and well-draining soil in order for their distinctive blooms to last the season.

Phlox

Phlox is a very pretty plant which produces many flowers during summer, which feature a strong fragrance. It can spread up to 3 feet in width, and 4 feet tall, so be mindful of where you plant this, as it may take over its neighbors! You can also get creeping phlox, which is a great carpeting plant, providing you with a bounty of color. 

Paeonia Lactiflora

Also known as the Chinese peony, this gorgeous plant produces huge blooms in different colors, and you can tell it apart from a normal peony with its yellow center and open petals. It’s often planted at the front of a border or to define a border with its lovely aesthetic, although it can also be grown in pots. 

It grows up to 28 inches tall, and the leaves grow up to 40cm long. Several popular cultivars have been created, including double flowers, of which quite a few have received the RHS award for their beauty. 

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