15 Pink Lilies with Flowers Guaranteed to Charm

When a garden project calls for a pop of color, you can’t go wrong with a few lilies. Lilies are some of the most vibrant flowers in the home garden, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re also easy to grow!

Pink flowers are sweet, romantic, and energetic. There are dozens of pink lilies with flowers worth growing. The hard part is narrowing down your choices.

In this article, I’ll share my absolute favorite pink lilies, including some more unique options you may not have otherwise thought of.

Types of Lily Plants

Most lilies today are the result of extensive hybridizing across decades, centuries, or even longer. These hybrids can be categorized based on shared lineage and physical traits, giving us a handful of groups to choose from when outfitting our gardens.

There are also a number of lily plants that fall outside of these groups. Some are species lilies — those that have been nearly untouched by human cross-breeding — while others are lilies in name alone.

Here are the most common types of pink lilies you’ll encounter and what differentiates them:

Oriental

While there are countless varieties of oriental lilies out there, they all came from just a handful of species native to Japan. Oriental hybrids are prized for their strong fragrance and large blooms.

Note that oriental lilies tend to flower later in the season. You can use this to your advantage to extend your garden’s annual display.

Asiatic

Asiatic lilies are incredibly popular among plant breeders, mainly because they possess so many different colors, shapes, and growth habits. If you come across a particularly unique lily, there’s a good chance it’s an Asiatic hybrid of some type.

Longiflorum

More commonly known as Easter lilies, longiflorum lilies have trumpet-shaped flowers. These plants are native to a small region in Asia but are commonplace in nurseries and gift shops around the world.

If you live somewhere Easter is celebrated, you’ve probably seen these lilies on display around the same time. However, Easter lilies do not naturally bloom in the early spring and are instead ‘forced’ for holiday sales.

Trumpet

These hybrids are characterized by their large (up to 10 inches!) trumpet-shaped flowers that come in a variety of colors. Trumpet lilies also have a sweet fragrance, though rarely as strong as that of oriental varieties.

Trumpet lilies are most commonly grown as stand-alone specimens in the garden. Their larger-than-life blossoms may droop or stand upright, depending on the cultivar.

Orienpet

Hybrids can be created even more by crossing the hybrids mentioned above. Perhaps the most common example is the oriental lily, which is a cross between an oriental and a trumpet.

Orienpet lilies usually combine the best of both worlds: they are tall and hardy like trumpet lilies but with the big, fragrant flowers of an oriental lily.

Daylily

The daylily is a low-maintenance perennial with grass-like foliage and lily-shaped flowers. It is not, however, a faithful member of the lily family. Instead, all daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis.

Though daylilies share no genetic relationship with true lilies, they can still be a great way to add bright color to the garden.

15 Lilies With Pink Flowers

As I’m sure you’ve now realized, there’s no shortage of pink lilies on the market. The hardest part of adding a bit of rosy color to your perennial garden is narrowing down which ones you want to plant!

My goal with this list is to broaden your horizons and introduce you to some pink lily cultivars that you may not have previously encountered. (Of course, you’ll also find some tried and true classics like ‘Stargazer’.) 

Note that all plants on this list are highly toxic to cats. As a cat owner, I never bring cut lilies indoors and advise others to do the same!

1. Stargazer

Stargazer

Lilium orientalis ‘Stargazer’

  • Type: Oriental

Starting us out is perhaps the most popular pink lily in modern landscapes around the world. Stargazer is a variety of oriental lily with crimson-pink petals often bordered by a bit of white. 

According to the University of Wisconsin, Stargazer was quite the milestone in lily breeding when it emerged in the 1970s. This was due to the cultivar’s upright growth habit, which was rare in oriental hybrids.

I recommend Stargazer lilies for USDA Zones 4 to 9. The bulbs are best planted in the fall and produce sturdy stems in the spring that easily grow up to 4 feet tall. Your average Stargazer will have up to 12 blooms per stem each year.

2. Pink Lily of the Valley

Pink Lily of the Valley

Convallaria majalis var. rosea

  • Type: Other

This is a unique option I want to highlight because I feel too few gardeners know about the pink lily of the valley variety. These shade lovers look just like their white counterparts but with hints of blush throughout their flowers.

Despite the name, the lily of the valley is not a true lily (i.e., it doesn’t belong to the genus Lilium). However, all parts of the plant are quite toxic so care should be taken with pets and young children.

3. Anastasia

Anastasia

Lilium x ‘Anastasia’

  • Type: Orienpet

This orienpet hybrid combines some of the best traits of its oriental and trumpet parents. Anastasia is a giant lily that can reach heights of 7 feet tall. Each stem can carry up to 30 giant blooms!

Your Anastasia lily will thrive in full or partial sun. The pink, fragrant flowers tend to attract common pollinators like bees and butterflies. I recommend Anastasia for gardeners in USDA Zones 5 through 9. 

4. First Romance

First Romance

Lilium ‘First Romance’

  • Type: Oriental

First Romance is one of the most popular pink lilies grown for cutting. You’ll find the large, scented blooms in bouquets and cut arrangements. However, it’s also a great option for succeeding in the garden.

Part of what makes First Romance so suited to cutting is its strong stems. These stems hold the oversized flowers upright without the need for supplemental support. First Romance is an early- and mid-season bloomer but continues looking great for several weeks after the flowers fade.

5. Elodie

Elodie

Lilium ‘Elodie’

  • Type: Asiatic

A personal favorite, Elodie is a unique double Asiatic lily with baby pink petals. The only downside to this cultivar is that bulbs are sometimes hard to find (you may need to turn to a speciality distributor).

Elodie’s hallmark is the small petals that grow from the center of the flowers. The degree of double petaling varies from one bulb to another, but the flowers are gorgeous either way. Elodie lilies can grow over 4 feet tall and make great-cut flowers.

6. Rosella’s Dream

Rosella’s Dream

Lilium ‘Rosella’s Dream’

  • Type: Asiatic

I only recently discovered the charm of Asiatic lilies with ombre, watercolor-like petals. While there are several cultivars with this unique trait, Rosella’s Dream stands out for pink lovers.

Rosella’s Dream has waxy, open petals that transition from a buttery yellow to bright pink. This is one of the earliest lilies to bloom in the garden, with attractive flowers lasting up to 4 weeks. 

The relatively small size of Rosella’s Dream also makes it ideal for growing in containers.

7. Pink Rain Lily

Pink Rain Lily

Zephyranthes rosea

  • Type: Other

Here’s an example of a pink lily that is not a lily! The pink rain lily, known as a zephyr lily, belongs to the Amaryllis family. It is a perennial bulb native to the Americas commonly grown in home landscapes for its dainty flowers.

The pink rain lily has grass-like foliage reminiscent of a daylily. Bulbs will survive year-round in USDA Zones 7 to 10. In cooler climates, gardeners often grow pink rain lilies as annuals in containers.

8. Showy Lily

Showy Lily

Lilium speciosum var. rubrum

  • Type: Species

Sometimes known as a red Japanese lily, this species lily has been a famous garden resident since the end of the Victorian Era. There are a few different colored varieties currently known, with L. speciosum var. rubrum being the pink one.

The showy lily has smaller flowers than many others on this list. However, I think the overall growth habit contrasts beautifully against hybrid varieties. Showy lilies have very recurved petals (the petals fold back toward the stem) that hang daintily toward the ground. Individual plants can grow up to 5 feet tall.

9. Lollypop

Lollypop

Lilium ‘Lollypop’

  • Type: Asiatic

If you like the look of Rosella’s Dream mentioned above, then I think you’ll also enjoy the Lollypop lily. It is a very similar Asiatic cultivar that boasts petals with a white-to-pink gradient.

Lollypop is a dwarf cultivar that typically stays under 3 feet tall. It would look great in a large container or as a border for your garden beds. It’s also hardy, handling conditions in USDA Zones 3 to 8.

10. Martagon Lily

Martagon Lily

Lilium martagon

  • Type: Species

Also commonly dubbed the Turk’s cap lily, this herbaceous perennial is native to parts of Europe and Asia. Most martagon lilies have fuschia, speckled flowers that droop from the main stem. This hanging growth habit is what inspired the comparison to a cap.

According to the Missouri Botanical Garden, a mature martagon lily can reach 6 feet tall and blooms throughout early- and mid-summer. Ample shade is necessary for the most impressive flower display.

11. Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

Hemerocallis ‘Pretty in Pink’

  • Type: Daylily

Many gardeners consider the daylily to be the perfect perennial. These low-growing, grassy perennials require practically no maintenance (you can cut back the spent flower stalks if you like) and tolerate a wide range of climates. If you’re looking for a rose-hued daily to add to your collection, I personally recommend Pretty in Pink.

Pretty in Pink is a variety with large, fragrant flowers — this is noteworthy since daylilies generally aren’t known for their aroma. The 5-inch petals are slightly frilled along the margins, giving the flowers a romantic appearance.

12. Roselily

Roselily

Lilium x

  • Type: Oriental

The term rose lily refers to a number of oriental cultivars that possess many layers of petals. This genetic variation gives the flowers a rose-like appearance, hence the name. Roselily flowers usually come in shades of white and pink.

You can even find hybridized rose lilies that are completely pollen-free. These are advertised as ideal for allergy sufferers, but I have no hands-on experience that can back up those claims.

13. Triumphator

Triumphator

Lilium ‘Zanlophator’

  • Type: Longiflorum x oriental 

The Triumphator lily is an exciting cross between an Easter (L. longiflorum) and an oriental lily. The result is a vigorous summer bloomer with large flowers and a sweet, subtle fragrance.

These lilies bloom in July in most climates. The trumpet-shaped flowers are white with deep pink throats. Despite the impressive size of the individual blossoms, they face straight out from the stem without drooping.

14. Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Lilium ‘Mona Lisa’

  • Type: Oriental

Mona Lisa is an oriental hybrid easily mistaken for a Stargazer lily. While the flowers look very similar, you can easily differentiate the two because Mona Lisa lilies only grow to about 2 feet tall. The Mona Lisa flowers also tend to be a softer shade of pink.

15. Strawberry Candy

Strawberry Candy

Hemerocallis ‘Strawberry Candy’

  • Type: Daylily

Strawberry Candy is another of my go-to pink daylilies. It has peachy-pink petals that meet at a bright fuchsia center. The ruffled edges of the petals are also tinged by fuchsia.

Strawberry Candy is categorized as a re-blooming daylily. While some daylilies only bloom once per season, re-blooming varieties will flower again in the early fall.

If you enjoyed this article, here’s a link to 19 Plants with Black and White Flowers.

FAQs Growing Pink Lilies Flowers

What do pink lilies symbolize?

Pink lilies are often associated with love and femininity. At the end of the day, a flower can symbolize anything you want! 

How many lilies should you plant together?

A good rule of thumb is to plant your lily bulbs in groups of 3 or 5. Be sure to provide enough space for each plant to thrive without competing for resources. You can also try mixing and matching different colours to create a custom palette. 

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