Rose trees, bushes and vines are among the plants that produce a wide array of flowers in many shades of pink. Pink flowering plants called old roses have an ancient history and likely grew in the wild centuries ago. Some roses and other pink flowering plants, like hydrangeas and lilies, are the products of hybridization and have more modern profiles. In all cases, the common denominator is the color pink; specific breeding characteristics set them apart from each other.
In 1956, the wedding of the film actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier Grimaldi of the Principality of Monaco inspired the creation of an exquisite pink rose, "Grace de Monaco," by the Meilland nurseries at Cap d'Antibes. The rose was the favorite flower of Her Serene Highness Princess Grace, so it seems fitting that an elegant and fragrant, soft pink hybrid tea rose carries her name.
Pink roses are available in many different shades of pink, thanks to extensive hybridization all over the world. They are often the signature features of flowering gardens. There are so many suitable choices that it is best to take the time to visit nurseries and see as many pink roses as possible before deciding which to buy.
Start by looking online, where you can read about their backgrounds and composition. For example, there is the pink April In Paris, a 2008 Rose of The Year Winner. This hybrid tea rose makes an exceptional cut flower, long lasting and very fragrant. Other well-regarded pink roses include the Queen Elizabeth Rose (the premier grandiflora), the First Lady Rose (introduced in 1961 in honor of United States First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy) and the Fairy Rose.
Mophead hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) come in a variety of colors, but it is the pink variety that immediately captures the eye, with its large, rounded flower head encompassing dozens of individual florets.
Originally from Japan, pink hydrangeas are showy and dramatic flowers, whether growing in a garden, bush or potted form, or as cut flowers in a vase. They make ideal basket arrangements as well. Keep in mind that hydrangeas demand a lot of water, just as their name indicates.
Until the early 20th century, Asiatic lilies grew mainly in the wild, not only in Asia, but in Europe and the Americas. Hybrid pink Asiatic lilies like the Stargazer (introduced in 1978 by an independent lily grower, Leslie Woodruff), are recent developments. Horticulturists began to cultivate Asiatic lilies during the 1920s.
Gardeners and florists favor Asiatic lilies for their hardiness. Pink Asiatic lilies are among the most popular flowers for vase and basket arrangements. Varieties like Bali Hai, Tinkerbell, Ariadne and Eros are among the host of hybridized pink lilies, each bred with unique characteristics.