13 Different Pink Hibiscus Varieties For Bright Garden Color

If you are looking to brighten up your garden, there are few flowering shrubs that will achieve that as well as a pink hibiscus. There are many different hibiscus varieties that have pink blooms and each has different growth needs. In this article, gardening expert Melissa Strauss shares her favorite Pink Hibiscus varieties with names and pictures of each!

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Hibiscuses are wonderful, ornamental flowering shrubs that range from perennial to evergreen depending upon the climate and variety. They call to mind a warm tropical evening and beckon to be tucked behind the ear and worn as an accessory.

These water-loving plants bloom prolifically throughout the summer months, creating quite a spectacle in the garden landscape. In nearly every color of the rainbow, they are diverse and beautiful bloomers.

With so many color variations, it can be difficult to choose a favorite. If you prefer pink over all the other hibiscus flower colors, though, this article is for you! Here are some of our favorite pink hibiscus plants you can add to your garden this season!

‘Aphrodite’

Close-up of a flowering bush Hibiscus syriacus 'Aphrodite' in a garden, against a blurred green background. The flowers are medium in size, tubular, open, consist of 5 slightly corrugated petals of soft pink color with dark red centers. Bright yellow stigmas and stamens protrude from the centers of the flowers.
Hibiscus ‘Aphrodite’ is a compact deciduous shrub that produces pink cotton candy flowers with a dark red center.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Aphrodite’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun to Part Shade
height height 6’-10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-8

Developed in the 1970s by the National Arboretum, ‘Aphrodite’ became commercially available in 1988 and has been a very popular cultivar ever since. ‘Aphrodite’ can tolerate some shade but will bloom best in full sun.

This variety blooms from midsummer through fall. Evergreen in warm climates, and deciduous in colder ones, the leaves appear in spring a yellowish-green color before deepening to a medium-green shade.

The flowers are mid-sized (4” in diameter) and cotton candy pink with a deep red center. A bright yellow stigma and stamens project from the center of the bloom. The flowers are in classic, single-petal form and bloom in clusters at the ends of branches.

‘Berry Awesome’

Close-up of a Hibiscus hybrid 'Berry Awesome' blooming flower among dark green foliage. The flower is large, tubular, fuchsia, has a dark red eye with a pink stigma and pale yellow stamens.
This variety produces delightful large fuchsia flowers and dark green foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus hybrid ‘Berry Awesome’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun to Part Shade
height height 4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

‘Berry Awesome’ is a gorgeous hybrid variety and holds the title of 2019 Proven Winners National Perennial of the Year. The foliage is a deep, purplish green, and perfectly complements the dinnerplate-sized blooms.

Berry’s giant flowers are 7”-8” in diameter and are a stunning fuchsia color. A deep red eye sits in the center of the bloom with a pink stigma and soft yellow stamens.

This is a smaller plant in terms of height, making the flowers stand out and appear even larger by contrast. This is also a very cold-tolerant variety.

‘Carousel Pink Candy’

Close-up of Hibiscus moscheutos Carousel Pink Candy flowering bush in the garden. The plant has a beautiful large tubular, open flower, white-pink in color with a cherry splash in the center and cherry veins. The leaves are dark green-purple, lanceolate with lobed margins.
‘Carousel Pink Candy’ is a cold hardy variety that has soft pink flowers with a bright cherry splash in the center.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Tahi12’ PP #28
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun
height height 4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

Another cold-tolerant hibiscus, ‘Carousel Pink Candy’ will tickle your sweet tooth for certain. The foliage is dark purple and very bushy, and the plant has a nice compact habit making it a wonderful container plant. The uniquely colored foliage adds drama, while the blooms provide a lighter pop of cheery color.

Carousel has very large (6”-7”) flowers in a soft blush pink. A pop of magenta in the center radiates like a sunburst with deeply colored rays painting the soft pink petals. This variety likes a lot of sun and will reward you with blooms all summer.

‘Head Over Heels Adore’

Close-up of a flowering Hibiscus moscheutos Head Over Heels Adore bush in a sunny garden. The shrub has lush, ovoid dark green foliage with serrated edges and huge, plate-sized flowers of bright pink with a dark red center. The stigma is pink and strewn with pale yellow pollen.
This Hibiscus has huge bright pink flowers with a deep crimson eye in the center.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus moscheutos ‘RutHib3’ PP 32,883
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-10

This pretty hybrid is cold-tolerant to zone 4 and heat tolerant to zone 10, making it one of the hardiest on the list. The foliage comes in in the spring as a burgundy color and then changes to green, but the veining in the leaves retains a hint of purple. The plant is a compact variety making it a wonderful container plant.

Adore’s large blooms are bright pink and single petal form with a deep red center. The stigma is pink and sprinkled with pale yellow pollen. This is a late bloomer, with flowers that open midsummer, and last well into the fall.

‘Luna Pink Swirl’

Close-up of a Hibiscus Luna Pink Swirl flower against a blurred background of green foliage. The flower is large, tubular, open, white in color with a swirling bright pink color, forming a pattern in the form of a pinwheel. The flower has a dark crimson center and a creamy white stamen tube.
Hibiscus ‘Luna Pink Swirl’ produces charming large pink-white swirling flowers with a dark red center.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Luna Pink Swirl’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Luna Pink Swirl’ is a lovely, compact, hybrid variety known for its extra-large (8”) white flowers that are swirled with bright pink forming a pinwheel pattern. In the center of these giant blooms is a deep red center and a creamy white tube of stamens.

Each flower only blooms for a single day, but there will be a new flower not far behind, ready to keep this beauty blooming all summer.

This hibiscus likes full sun and plenty of moisture. Keeping this pink flowering shrub well-watered and in lots of light will insure a bounty of beautiful blooms. The foliage is smooth-edged and dark green with a whitish underside.

‘Luna Rose’

Close-up of two blooming flowers on a Hibiscus moscheutos 'Luna Rose' bush, in a sunny garden. The flowers are large, tubular, open, bright crimson in color with dark red centers and creamy white stamens located on an oblong pistil.
This variety is a hardy and adaptable hibiscus with large magenta flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Luna Rose’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun
height height 3’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Luna Rose’ is an adaptable plant, while it will be happiest in moist soil that is organically rich, it also does very well in average soil, as long as it is not permitted to dry out. It will perform best in full sun but can tolerate part shade as well.

In midsummer, ‘Luna Rose’ produces plenty of large (6”-8”) raspberry-colored blooms. A deeper shade of the same bright pink radiates from the center of the flower.

These vivid pink blooms will be a standout in any garden or container. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, this stunning hibiscus is a must-have!

‘Pink Chiffon’

Close-up of a blooming Hibiscus syriacus 'Pink Chiffon' flower in a sunny garden. The bush has lanceolate bright green leaves with lobed edges and a large double flower of pale pink color with bright yellow stamens scattered among secondary ruffled petals. Deep purple streaks radiate from the center of the main petals.
‘Pink Chiffon’ has beautiful soft, double, ruffled flowers of pale pink color with yellow stamens.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus syriacus ‘Pink Chiffon’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full Sun
height height 8’-12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

I hope you’re ready because we are going to kick things up a notch with this one. ‘Pink Chiffon’ is the first double-petal form flower on our list, and it is a breathtaking plant. Growing up to 12’ tall, this hibiscus makes a striking privacy hedge or can be trained into an attention-grabbing, small tree.

For a large plant, the foliage on this hibiscus variety is uniquely delicate. The leaves are small with irregular borders. This foliage is attractive, but the main draws with this plant are the fluffy, pink confections it produces all summer long.

These soft, pink, ruffled blooms have a peony-like appearance, with yellow stamens sprinkled in among its secondary petals. Deep magenta streaks radiate from the center of the primary petals.

‘Paraplu Pink Ink’

Close-up of a blooming Hibiscus x Paraplu Pink Ink in a sunny garden. The bush has lanceolate green-purple leaves with serrated edges and large tubular pale pink, almost white flowers with star-shaped purple-pink eyes in the centers.
This variety is a gorgeous hibiscus hybrid with large pale pink flowers with a star-shaped purplish pink eye in the centers.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus x Paraplu Pink Ink
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

‘Paraplu Pink Ink’ is a wonderful hybrid Rose of Sharon hibiscus variety. Bred to be tall and upright, this variety has graceful branches that sway in the breeze and smaller, notched leaves in deep green.

This low-maintenance hybrid has very large, showy flowers that are not long-lasting, but what it lacks in endurance, it makes up for in quantity.

The blooms are large and flamboyant, they are very pale pink, almost white, with a deep magenta starburst radiating from the center. A large cluster of pale yellow stamens protrudes from the center of the flower.  Each flower blooms for only one day, but the plant produces so many that it is constantly in bloom for several months.

‘Pride of Hankins’

Close-up of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Pride of Hankins' flowering bush in the garden. The bush has lush, dark green, ovoid foliage with serrated edges. A large double-petaled flower of red-crimson color, has a ruffled mass of secondary petals in the center and golden stamens.
This variety produces two-petalled pink-crimson blooms that will attract plenty of pollinators.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Pride of Hankins’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 6’-8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

‘Pride of Hankins’ is an heirloom variety that became popular in the 1960s and 70s. This tropical hibiscus grows outdoors only in zones 10-11 but makes a nice large container plant elsewhere and is evergreen.

It can also be trained into a tree, and it is free flowering, so it will make a beautiful addition to whatever atmosphere in which it is grown.

The raspberry-colored blooms are fully double-petaled with the secondary petals forming a ruffled mass in the center of the flower.

The effect is striking as the secondary petals are as prominent as the primaries. These brilliant blooms are 3”-4” in diameter, on the smaller side, but abundant and very attractive to pollinators.

‘Seminole Pink’

Close-up of a blooming Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Seminole Pink' flower in a sunny garden, against a blurred background. Close-up of a large, tubular, bright pink flower with a red center and a prominent pink anther with yellow, pollen-covered stamens.
Hibiscus ‘Seminole Pink’ produces classic, single-petal, large bright pink flowers with a small red eye.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Seminole Pink’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

This classic single-petal form hibiscus is a tropical beauty that works well in the ground in tropical and subtropical climates, and beautifully in containers elsewhere.

The bright pink, pinwheel-shaped blooms are medium-sized (4”-6”) and very attractive to pollinators. They have a small red eye and pink anther with yellow pollen-covered stamens.

‘Seminole Pink’ reaches about 8’ tall at maturity, making it a perfect small tree or large shrub. The leaves are large, ovate, and pointed at the ends with serrated edges. It has long-lasting blooms and will survive in cooler temperatures as semi-evergreen.

‘Sweet Persuasion’

Sweet Persuasion Hibiscus Flower in Full Bloom
This beautiful hibiscus has purple tinted leaves with pink highlights.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus x ‘Sweet Persuasion’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

This is a hibiscus you must see to believe. The color combination of these blooms is incredibly rare and simply awe-inspiring. This hybrid is the offspring of two blue flowering varieties, creating a striking blue-violet color flanked by a strong pink edge.

The center is a peppermint swirl of red and white with a pop of yellow pollen on a white and pink stigma.

This cultivar is multicolored, technically, but the outer edges are pink, so I felt it was appropriate to mention such a unique and special variety. The plant is mid-sized with deep green, serrated foliage.

‘Starry Starry Night’

Close-up of a blooming Hibiscus ‘Starry, Starry Night’ flower against a blurred background of dark eggplant colored foliage. The flower is large, tubular, with large round petals of pale pink color with fuchsia veins and a red eye.
‘Starry, Starry Night’ has large pale pink flowers veined with fuchsia and dark eggplant-colored foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus ‘Starry, Starry Night’ PP27901
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 4’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

This cultivar has excellent cold tolerance, withstanding winters all the way North to zone 4. It has the deepest colored foliage I’ve seen to date, with leaves that are a deep aubergine, and have slightly varied edges.

The carpels of the blooms are bright green, standing in contrast to the foliage, and make a pretty statement when the plant is in bud.

‘Starry Starry Night’ has nice, large flowers (7”-8” in diameter) with a beautiful color combination. The single-petal form flowers are pale pink, nearly white, and streaked with fuchsia from the center out to the edges. A red eye is complemented by a pale yellow stigma peppered with plenty of pollen-coated stamens.

‘Summerific Spinderella’

Close-up of a blooming hibiscus 'Summerific Spinderella' in a sunny garden against a blurred background. The flower is large, tubular, open, has gradient white petals turning into pink. The flower has a cherry-pink center and oblong pale yellow pistils with stamens.
‘Summerific Spinderella’ is a cold-tolerant hibiscus variety with large pink to white petals.
botanical-name botanical name Hibiscus x ‘Summerific Spinderella’
sun-requirements sun requirements Full to Part Sun
height height 5’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

Hybridized for increased cold tolerance, this variety does quite well in colder climates. The reason for this super fun name is the coloration of this pretty, pink hibiscus.

Spinderella’s petals have a gradient appearance, fading from light to dark pink in such a way that the petals appear to be spinning in a counterclockwise direction.

A deep red eye sets off pale yellow pistil and stamens in the center of this fun flower. The blooms are large and can completely cover the foliage in midsummer.

Final Thoughts

Pink is a color with such rich and varied symbolism. It can be both nostalgic and innocent simultaneously. When it comes to the spectacular blooms of the hibiscus, it is certainly a historic favorite. From blush to magenta, pink is always in style, and hibiscus is a classic plant with lots of tropical flair.

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