Nine Pinks to Add to Your Garden
Pink flowers bring a massive color range from pale pink to deep magenta.
If you are making a totally pink garden design, start by adding pink color diversity. From light and delicate pink colors to bright and bold, there are so many AAS Winning pinks to add! When you add different hues of pinks with a green foliage backdrop that makes a definite eye-catching garden.
You know it’s good when an AAS Judge calls an entry the “Energizer Bunny” that just kept blooming! Across the board, the judges loved the bright pink blooms that rose above the foliage, almost like a tall, tapered candle! Unique, showy plumes of pink flowers kept their color all season long and the judges agree that this is a perfect filler plant to add height and interest to a combination container planting. But it is also useful in mass plantings, borders, and general garden use. Another added bonus: it works as a dried flower.
AAS Judges in the Southeast really liked this variety because of the vibrant pink color that doesn’t fade. The size and number of blooms, as well as the disease resistance, were superior to the comparisons. The Holi series is bred to keep producing fresh, colorful blooms all season long, even through heat, humidity, and drought. Holi is perfect for home gardeners and landscapers alike since it produces during a long window of time and only needs minimal maintenance, such as occasional dead-heading.
Cuphea, commonly known as Mexican Heather, is an ideal plant for borders, mass plantings, and containers. FloriGlory Diana was highly praised by the AAS Judges for its larger flowers, the impressive number of flowers, and the darker, more intensely colored magenta flowers. The dark green foliage complement the flowers and really makes a statement for this new AAS Winner. With FloriGlory Diana, gardeners will be delighted with the compact (10-12 inch) size, longer flowering time, heat, and weather tolerance.
This spiked pink beauty claimed victory in North America’s trial sites to become the first-ever AAS Winner from Japanese breeding company Murakami Seed. The judges gave this entry high marks for the good branching, almost bushy growth habit, and early to bloom flower spikes. In the garden, Asian Garden Celosia continued to bloom on sturdy stems, keeping the bright pink color all summer long, holding up even through some of the first frosts of the season. The AAS Judges commented on the fact that this celosia was a pollinator-magnet, making this AAS Winner a sure bet for pollinator-friendly gardens.
Supra Pink joins its sister, AAS Winner Supra Purple, to give us two fantastic colors in an easy-to-grow interspecific dianthus for three-season (spring, summer, fall) garden color. This compact, bushy plant blooms prolifically with novel mottled pink flowers sporting frilly petal edges that hold up even in the summer heat and drought. No deadheading needed. Supra Pink grows to just under a foot in height but is a vigorous grower and will deliver fancy, clear pink flowers for a long time. Supra Pink was tested as an annual and won the award based on first-year performance, but similar to other dianthus, it may overwinter in some regions.
EnduraScape™ is described as “tough as nails” because it is the first verbena that can tolerate drought and heat plus survive cooler temperatures down to the low teens. This long-blooming pink bicolor verbena is spectacular in the landscape, edging a walk or border as well as in large containers and baskets. Vigorous plants are sturdy spreaders that pop with abundant soft pink blossoms that darken in intensity toward the center of the bloom. Pink Bicolor is the newest color in the series and the AAS Judges deemed it truly spectacular!
Mega Bloom is an exciting new series of vinca bred to withstand heat and humidity without succumbing to disease. Orchid Halo produces huge bright rich purple blossoms with a wide white eye creating a striking look for the garden, even from a distance. Plants maintain a nice, dense habit with flowers staying on top of the foliage for full flower power color.
Mega Bloom is an exciting new series of vinca bred to withstand heat and humidity without succumbing to disease. Pink Halo produces huge soft pink blossoms with a wide white eye. These flowers present a striking look in the garden, even from a distance. Plants maintain a nice, dense habit with flowers staying on top of the foliage for full flower power color.
This is an interspecific dianthus with brightly colored and large, showy flower heads on strong stems that perform extremely well all summer long. Jolt is the most heat tolerant dianthus on the market, sporting very showy, bright pink fringed flowers. This is an easy to grow and trouble-free annual for the gardener looking for neat and tidy low-maintenance flower varieties.
Which pink AAS Winners will you grow?
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