Of the 11 flowers honored at the Society of American Florists’ Outstanding Flower Varieties Competition, five exhibited pink hues — including Best in Show ‘Blushing Parasol’. Here is a look at four more winners at the competition — all pretty in pink.

People’s Choice and Best Bulb Flower: While the judges declared the Oriental trumpet lily ‘Amarosi’ the Best Bulb Flower, convention attendees voted it their favorite, earning it the People’s Choice honor. The massive size of the lily’s bloom and delicate fragrance turn heads. This spectacular flower would make an impressive gift for Mother’s Day or Easter, look regal in bridal bouquets and wedding centerpieces, and standout in big floral designs for events.

'Amarosi’ - Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Amarosi’ – Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Best Gerbera: Shelby in “Steel Magnolias” would decorate half her “blush and bashful” wedding with ‘Alliance’, a blush pink gerbera. Its perfectly defined petals have coloring reminiscent of strawberry lemonade. It’s girly girl, making it an ideal choice in gifts to welcome a new baby girl, congratulate a young lady for her dance recital performance or decorate a bridal shower. Or put it on your desk at work in a bud vase; it’s sure to make you smile.

'Alliance’- Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Alliance’- Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Best Alstroemeria: Pumori, which means “Unmarried Daughter,” is a mountain on the Nepal-Tibet border that climbers refer to as “Everest’s Daughter.” The ‘Pumori’ alstroemeria has enormous bicolor blooms with a white center and mint green strokes. It’s a darling flower for corsages, especially for prom and homecoming.

'Pumori’- Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Pumori’- Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Best Dianthus: Even flower snobs who turn their noses up at carnations would say “aloha” to ‘Star Cherry’. This carnation exudes excitement with vibrant bursts of color. To me, its white and pink marks and pointy petals give it a tropical feel. Serve it up in floral arrangements decorating summer parties, send it to say “Mahalo” to hostesses, or wear it in your hair on a Friday night out on the town.

'Star Cherry’ - Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

‘Star Cherry’ – Photo Courtesy Betsy Hansen betsyhansen.com

Of these outstanding pink flowers, which is your favorite?

This is the second in a three-part series.

Read the first in the series, “Four Outstanding Roses in 2015.”

Read the third in the series, “Three More Outstanding Flowers in 2015.”

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