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16 Pink Flowers for Your Garden (Australian Guide)

Do you love pink flowers? Filling your Australian garden with glorious pink blooms is not that difficult because there are plenty to choose from.

Here are some of the best pink flowering plants that you can grow in your garden.

Armeria ‘Bees Ruby’


If you want to plant a pretty pink border in your garden, then this is definitely a plant to consider. It has lovely soft grass-like foliage and the most stunning hot pink pompom-shaped flowers.

Bees Ruby creates a stunning display when mass planted as a border plant.

The main flush of flowers is in spring, but the plant can flower through much of the year. Especially, if you make a habit of removing the spent blooms regularly.

It prefers full sun but will also grow in part shade and is relatively drought-tolerant.

Calliandra ‘Pink Poodle’


If you want a larger shrub or small tree with fluffy pink flowers, then this Calliandra should suit you perfectly.

This variety can reach a height and width of 3 metres and produces its gorgeous powder puff flowers almost all year round.

This plant does need a sunny position in the garden if you want it to flower for the longest time.

It’s also a good idea to remove the spent flowers to encourage the plant to produce many more blooms.

Coreopsis ‘Pink Lady’


This plant has a long flowering period from spring through to autumn. It has fern-like dark green foliage and the prettiest pink daisy-like flowers.

It’s ideal for planting in the garden in a sunny spot but is also perfect as a potted specimen.

In cooler parts of the country, the foliage may die down over winter but will come back in spring. It can happily thrive in most soil types that are well-draining but likes to be kept moist during summer.

Cyclamen (Cyclamen persicum)

Cyclamen persicum | Plant varieties
Cyclamen persicum / Photo by Hungda / Wikimedia / CC0 1.0

For gardeners in cooler southern regions that are slightly elevated, cyclamens can add a bright spot of colour to your winter garden. The flowers are available in a variety of colours including a huge selection of pink shades.

The best place to plant your cyclamen in southern gardens is under deciduous trees. This gives them shade in summer and lots of lovely winter sunshine.

Some cyclamens are even fragranced which can add to their allure.

Dahlias

Dahlias | Plant varieties
Dahlia ‘Saint Martin’ / Photo by Agnieszka Kwiecień / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

There are some stunning pink varieties of dahlias that will delight you with their outstanding flowers in summer and right through autumn.

Dahlias are tubers which means that they’ll die down over winter and then spring back to life in early spring.

They make a great addition to any sunny spot in your garden. The taller varieties do need to be staked, however, there are plenty of dwarf varieties available that don’t need this.

Some of my favourite pink varieties are:

  • Dahlia ‘Cafe Au Lait Rose’
  • Dahlia ‘Franz Kafka’
  • Dahlia ‘Gerrie Hoek’
  • Dahlia ‘Jan Van Schaffelaar’
  • Dahlia ‘Pink Giraffe’

Agastache ‘Salmon and Pink Fiesta’

This fast-growing perennial flower will delight you with sprays of pink and salmon tubular flowers from summer through to autumn.

The added bonus is that the green leafy foliage has a lovely minty fragrance when crushed.

This is a tough plant that is quite drought-tolerant and only needs supplementary watering during long periods of dry weather.

The flowers are filled with nectar which means birds, bees and butterflies will be attracted to your garden.

Hebe ‘Pink Candy’


I simply love the profusion of flowers on a well-maintained Hebe. These flowers are much loved by bees, butterflies, and nectar-feeding birds and they look absolutely stunning.

This particular cultivar has the prettiest pink flowers that will cover the glossy green foliage.

It also has a compact growth habit and only reaches a height of 60 cm with a spread of 80 cm. This makes it easy to maintain and shape.

It would also make an excellent low hedge and is suitable for coastal areas.

Lampranthus ‘Pink Explosion’


This Lampranthus will definitely blow your mind when you see it in full bloom. It’s a low-growing ground cover that only reaches a height of 40 cm.

This makes it ideal for perennial borders. It would also create a stunning display if it’s allowed to cascade over a wall.

In late spring and right throughout summer, the entire plant is absolutely covered with a profusion of bright pink flowers.

This lovely plant prefers to grow in full sun and is drought-tolerant. It’s also a favourite with pollinators.

Protea ‘Pink Ice’


There’s nothing more majestic than the gorgeous large blooms of a Protea.

These plants are native to South Africa but thrive in cool to temperate regions in Australia. They display their magnificent blooms in spring.

Proteas prefer to grow in a sunny position in the garden that has well-drained soil. Proteas also make excellent cut flowers and will last quite a long time in a vase indoors.

Azalea ‘Dreamtime’

There’s nothing quite as spectacular as an azalea in full bloom. I have a gorgeous purple one in my garden that I grew from a cutting and this year, thanks to all the rain we’ve had, it was absolutely covered in blooms.

‘Dreamtime’ is a superb cultivar in the Azalea indica genus. It has the prettiest soft pink flowers that will add some romantic colour to your spring garden.

This one is a compact grower and can be grown in full sun but needs some protection from the scorching midday sun during summer.

Correa reflexa ‘Native Fuchsia’

Correa | Plant varieties
Native Fushia / Photo by Zeek7 / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 4.0

Correas are some of my favourite flowers because they’re just so easy to care for and display lovely bell-shaped flowers almost all year round.

This particular species can grow to a height of around 1.2 metres and a width of around 1 metre.

The pretty tubular bell-shaped flowers can be either cream, red, yellow, or pink. The plant does prefer well-drained soil and will tolerate light frosts. 

Other popular Correa species include Correa alba and Correa glabra.

Pandorea jasminoides ‘Bower of Beauty’

Pandorea jasminoides | Plant varieties
Pandorea jasminoides / Photo by Hans / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Also known as the Bower Climber or Bower Vine, this popular native climber has a vigorous, spreading growth habit.

The bower is a tall climber that will clamber up trees, fences and other supports to grow more than 3 metres high.

It produces clusters of white or pink trumpet-shaped flowers in Spring.

Hakea laurina ‘Pincushion Hakea’

Hakea laurina | Plant varieties
Pincushion Hakea / Photo by Jean and Fred / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This is only a small tree that can reach a height of around 6 metres.

The red, white, cream, and pink pincushion flowers appear from late autumn and throughout winter. 

Hakea Laurina has a non-invasive root system so is suitable for planting close to a house.

Hardenbergia violacea

Hardenbergia violacea pink | Plant varieties
Hardenbergia violacea / Photo by peganum / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Hardenbergia violacea is an evergreen Australian native climbing plant with twining stems.

It’s indigenous to the Adelaide region of South Australia but can also be found in VIC, NSW, TAS and QLD.

Hardenbergia violacea flowers are pea-shaped and grow in clusters, with colours ranging from light pink to deep purple, and occasionally white.

In spring, they bloom and cover the top of the bush in a stunning display of colour. They’re also perfect for pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Brachyscome multifida ‘Cut-leaf Daisy’

Brachycome multifida | Plant varieties
Brachyscome multifida / Photo by Forest & Kim Starr / Hear.org, Wikimedia / CC BY 3.0

Cut-leaf Daisy is a hardy perennial ground cover native to Australia. Its white, pink, or mauve flowers will add a pop of colour to your garden.

This easy-to-grow ground cover likes full sun and well-drained soil. It can tolerate drought conditions and doesn’t need much water once established.

You can use Native Daisies in your garden as either ground covers or border plants; they look great with other Australian native grasses and perennials.

Carpobrotus glaucescens ‘Pigface’

Carpobrotus glaucescens Pigface | Plant varieties
Carpobrotus glaucescens / Photo by Harry Rose / Flickr / CC BY 2.0

This creeping succulent is mostly native to South Africa. However, there are around 6 pigface species that are native to Australia.

It has thick, fleshy leaves that are designed to hold water and bright daisy-like pink or purple flowers.

This plant is the perfect ground cover in sunny spots as it will spread to cover a large area. It grows naturally in many coastal areas along the east coast and has been helpful in stabilising sand dunes.

Once planted, pigface requires no maintenance except for an occasional prune if it spreads too far.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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