People often associate tulips with pastel colors and spring. While you might picture the iconic ballet slipper shape and color, there are actually a plethora of types of pink tulips to choose from— all in unique shapes and sizes.
Here are some of the most eye-catching types of pink tulips to add to your garden to welcome spring.
History of Pink Tulips
Tulips have a rich and fascinating history. While many people associate these iconic blooms with the Netherlands, they originate from Central Asia. Tulips come from modern-day Iran (then called Persia). They were introduced to Holland in the late 1500s.
During the mid-1600s, a craze called Tulipmania began. This interesting financial event dramatically altered the economy. Consumers associated tulips with wealth and status, pushing them to make poor financial decisions to acquire these in-demand blooms. The Semper Agustus tulip was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Eventually, the bubble burst, and the market crashed, highlighting an early lesson in economic psychology. Modern economists believe the events of Tulipmania have been overstated to become a fable about the pitfalls of greed.
Tulips are now associated with spring and rebirth. Pink tulips represent friendly (platonic) love and joy. People often give them as gifts to show gratitude or well wishes.
With this history and symbolism in mind, here are some stunning types of pink tulips to add to your garden.
1. Pink Diamond
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Pink Diamond’
Tulipa ‘Pink Diamond’ is a lovely blush-toned tulip with iconic cup-shaped blossoms. Its petals are delicately scalloped around the edges, showcasing varying pink hues.
This single late tulip blooms in late spring and reaches up to 26 inches tall at full maturation. The long stems and beautiful coloration make the Pink Diamond a favorite for cut flower arrangements.
Plant this gorgeous tulip in fertile, well-draining soil in full sunlight. The Pink Diamond tulip thrives in USDA zones 3-8.
2. Pink Impression
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Pink Impression’
Pink Impression is a vibrant Darwin hybrid tulip with overstated goblet-shaped blooms and a bold, deep pink color. The petals lighten subtly toward the tips, with underlying purple notes near the base. The petals have a velvety smooth texture that softens the otherwise rich coloration.
Like other Darwin tulips, Tulipa ‘Pink Impression’ is a mid-season bloomer. It grows up to 24 inches tall with proper care with a sturdy, weather-resistant stem that makes it perfect for open fields and unsheltered gardens.
Plant Pink Impression in fertile soil with sufficient drainage. This tulip thrives on full sun exposure in USDA zones 3-8.
3. Heart’s Delight
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Heart’s Delight’
At a glance, Heart’s Delight doesn’t resemble a traditional tulip. This Kaufmanniana tulip, also known as a “water-lily tulip” has unique stellate petals with a notable curvature. In other words, the petals are star-shaped and pointed while curling back away from the center.
The coloration of Heart’s Delight is also notable. With deep pink petals, white edges, and a vibrant yellow base, this unique flower looks different throughout the day. In certain lighting, it will open fully and expose its delicate, pale insides. In cloudy weather, the pink becomes more noticeable.
This weather-resistant tulip grows up to 10 inches tall, making it perfect for unsheltered gardens and edge growth. Plant in full sunlight, well-draining soil, and USDA zones 3-8 for ideal growth.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’
Foxtrot is an award-winning double early tulip known for its vibrant coloration and lush peony-like blooms. Its dense blossom has blush pink petals with deep pink markings that fade from full coloration to loose, sketch-like brushes toward the edges of the petals. Up close, the Fox Trot looks like an artist painted it.
As a double early tulip, Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’ will bloom as early as April in some climates. Growing no more than 12 inches tall, Foxtrot is surprisingly resilient for a double tulip, which is often weighed down by its petals in harsh weather conditions.
Plant Tulipa ‘Foxtrot’ in a sunny area with well-draining soil. This plant prefers USDA zones 3-8 for optimal growth.
5. Peach Blossom
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Peach Blossom’
Tulipa ‘Peach Blossom’ stands out with its vibrant and daring pink hues. This double early tulip is a fantastic way to welcome the growing season. The blossoms of this variety are bowl-shaped, adorned with captivating splashes of pink and peach against a backdrop of pure white. The petals are delicately ruffled and gracefully curve inward, creating a tender and elegant aesthetic.
This petite tulip grows up to 12 inches tall. Like the Foxtrot, its low height makes this double tulip uncommonly resilient to open garden plots.
Peach Blossom thrives in full sunlight and prefers loamy, well-draining soil. It is suitable for planting in USDA zones 3-8.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Angelique’
Tulipa ‘Angelique’ is a mesmerizing double late tulip with an enchanting appearance. Its petals are a gentle and intricate blend of blush pink and creamy white, forming a delicate pastel hue that showcases subtle variations from one flower to another. The petals of ‘Angelique’ resemble the graceful unfurling of a blooming rose, with soft ruffles that add a touch of elegance.
Angelique is similar to Tulipa ‘Peach Blossom’ with softer tones and a later growing season, making these double tulips stunning garden companions.
With proper care, Angelique can grow up to 20 inches tall. As with many double tulips, the weight of its blossoms makes it vulnerable to wind and rain damage. Plant Tulipa ‘Angelique’ in a wind-sheltered area with full sun exposure. This tulip requires well-draining, nutrient-rich soil in USDA zones 3-8.
7. Queen of Marvel
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Queen of Marvel’
The Queen of Marvel is a lush double early tulip recognizable by its dense hot pink petals. This bright beauty hints at softer white tones in the center and near the base of the flower, which can be viewed when leaning in to smell this stunning bloom. Unlike most types of pink tulips, Queen of Marvel emits a lovely fragrance.
Tulipa ‘Queen of Marvel’ grows no more than 14 inches tall, making it resilient to adverse weather conditions. However, if you live in a climate with late winter storms, it’s best to plant this colorful pink tulip in a wind-sheltered area.
Queen of Marvel grows best in USDA zones 3-8 in full sunlight and loamy, well-draining soil.
8. Sweet Lady
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Sweet Lady’
Tulipa ‘Sweet Lady’ has a unique coral pink shade that takes on hints of red or orange in certain lighting. Soil quality and acidity may also impact the tone of this bloom.
A member of the Greigii tulip type, Sweet Lady boasts a bowl-shaped blossom with pointed, elegant petals. It also has variegated foliage, with streaks of purple contrasting the rich green leaves.
Like other Greigii tulips, Sweet Lady is a mid to late-season bloomer that grows no more than 12 inches tall. Plant this unique tulip in loamy soil with ample drainage. Sweet Lady prefers full sun and USDA growing zones 3-8.
9. Beauty Queen
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Beauty Queen’
Tulipa ‘Beauty Queen’ is a single early tulip variety that showcases a stunning coloration and graceful appearance. Its petals exhibit a captivating blend of soft blush pink and creamy salmon pink, creating a delicate and romantic pastel hue.
This stunning tulip is also one of the rare fragrant cultivars, adding a soft floral scent to your spring garden. It can reach up to 18 inches tall in ideal conditions, though it’s typically shorter in colder climates.
Plant the Beauty Queen tulip in fertile soil with plenty of sunlight. This single early tulip is resistant to harsh weather, making it ideal for unsheltered plots in USDA zones 3-8.
10. Christmas Dream
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Christmas Dream’
The radiant saturated pink tones of Tulipa ‘Christmas Dream’ are reminiscent of a Christmas cactus during the blooming season. This single early tulip showcases the iconic ballet slipper shape—an image encouraged by its delicate pink tone.
This gorgeous tulip will grow up to 16 inches tall with proper care, though it’s typically shorter in colder climates. Like many single early tulips, the Christmas Dream has a strong stem that can withstand stormy weather. Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil in USDA zones 3-8.
11. Salmon Impression
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Salmon Impression’
Salmon Impression is nearly identical to the Pink Impression tulip. However, this cultivar has softer salmon tones. The petals are also lightly scalloped at the edges, adding to the delicate appearance of this eye-catching Darwin hybrid tulip.
The Salmon Impression lives up to its name, reaching a show-stopping 24 inches tall at full maturation. Its long, elegant stems make it perfect for cut flower arrangements. Like other Darwin hybrids, this cultivar blooms in mid to late spring.
Plant the Salmon Impression tulip in fertile, well-draining soil. This delicate bloom prefers full sun exposure in USDA zones 3-8.
12. Light and Dreamy
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Light and Dreamy’
Tulipa ‘Light and Dreamy’ can best be described as magical. The petals are cotton candy pink with delicate mauve brush marks, reminiscent of a Monet painting. The mauve darkens to a rich royal purple with hints of blue near the base, contrasting a soft yellow center.
This Darwin hybrid grows up to 24 inches tall, making it the perfect centerpiece of a mid-late spring garden. Plant extra bulbs in the fall to ensure you have enough for some breathtaking cut flower arrangements.
Plant your Light and Dreamy tulips in a space that gets plenty of sun exposure. These tulips thrive in USDA zones 3-8 in fertile, well-draining soil.
13. Bell Song
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Bell Song’
Tulipa ‘Bell Song’ is a captivating cultivar with distinct coloration and a graceful appearance. Its petals showcase a soft and delicate blend of pink and white hues reminiscent of a blooming cherry blossom tree. Bell Song exhibits a single early tulip shape, with six petals that gently curve outward.
What sets this tulip apart is its fringed petals, creating a soft, feathering effect in white that contrasts with the otherwise pink petals. This fringed tulip type will grow up to 18 inches tall in ideal conditions.
Plant Bell Song in a sunny garden plot with nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Like other tulips, this cultivar does best in USDA zones 3-8.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Santander’
Tulipa ‘Santander’ is another pink, fringed tulip. However, it’s notably different from Tulipa ‘Bell Song’.
This stunning pink tulip has a more traditional goblet shape, with the petals curving inward. The petals are a uniform ballet slipper pink with fuschia fringes along the edges. Inside is a buttery cream-colored center with contrasting black markings to attract pollinators.
Santander will grow up to 20 inches tall in full sunlight. Its long, elegant stems make it ideal for cut flower arrangements. It looks stunning when mixed in a nutrient-rich garden plot with Bell Song tulips. Plant this lovely cultivar in USDA zones 3-8 for optimal growth.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Queensland’
Tulipa ‘Queensland’ is also similar to the Bell Song. This fringed tulip also has vivid pink petals and feathery white edges. However, this is a unique double-fringed tulip with lush, compact petals and a peony shape. The effect is stunning and luxurious, making it a unique addition to any garden.
Queensland is a mid to late-season bloomer that reaches no more than 18 inches tall at full maturation. Its heavy petals make it susceptible to wind and rain, so plant this otherworldly bloom in a sheltered area to extend its lifespan.
The Queensland tulip loves the sunlight and needs loose soil with adequate drainage to prevent root rot. Like other tulips, Queensland performs well in USDA zones 3-8.
16. China Town
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘China Town’
China Town is a captivating Viridiflora tulip renowned for its iconic green petal markings. This distinctive variety presents a delightful display of colors, showcasing vibrant pink petals adorned by vivid green markings. While it’s considered one of the many types of pink tulips, it’s often grouped in with green tulips as well.
As a late bloomer, China Town graces the garden with its presence for an extended period. Its blooms are full and lush, showcasing an abundance of petals. At full maturity, this award-winning plant stands 12 inches tall.
Choose a planting location that receives full to partial sun for successful cultivation. The soil should be well-draining to prevent waterlogging. China Town thrives in USDA zones 3-8.
17. Silver Parrot
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Silver Parrot’
Don’t let the name fool you— the Silver Parrot tulip is a lovely shade of pink. One of the most unique types of pink tulips, its ravishing pink petals fade to silvery white toward the base, with the brightly colored, ruffled edges folding in on themselves like wings.
This eye-catching bloom is considered one of the best for floral arrangements due to its long stem and equally long lifespan. A late bloomer, the Silver Parrot will reach up to 14 inches tall with proper care.
Plant the Silver Parrot in a sheltered area in well-draining soil. This tulip prefers full sun exposure in USDA zones 3-8.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Menton’
Menton is a single late tulip with a classic egg shape, the petals slightly curving inward at the top. These stunning blooms are a passionate pink shade with orange undertones and subtle white markings.
With proper care, this vibrant tulip will grow more than 24 inches tall. Its long, sturdy stems make Menton ideal for open plots and stormy weather. The stems are also optimal for cut flower arrangements.
Plant Menton in loamy soil with adequate drainage. This tulip will reach its jaw-dropping height with plenty of sunlight in USDA zones 3-8.
Botanical Name: Tulipa ‘Mistress’
Tulipa ‘Mistress’ is a show-stopping Triumph tulip with pink petals boasting purple undertones. The petals curve outward with the appearance of an elegantly fluted goblet. The color is unique and makes a lovely addition when paired with white tulips for a soft contrast.
Triumph tulips are the most versatile tulip group. True to its type, the Mistress tulip will bloom in the mid to late spring and reach up to 18 inches tall.
Plant this dazzling tulip in a plot with plenty of sun exposure and nutrient-rich soil in USDA zones 3-8.
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