The use of colour in the garden is a very powerful tool. Different colours evoke different emotions in people, which leads to colour preferences. When we visit a garden or take a good look at our own, what we often notice first is the way in which colour has been applied.
Gardens often change their primary colours through out the seasons as well. A spring garden my be primarily in pink and rose tones, only to explode into bright yellows in the summer months.
While looking through last years garden photos, it became very clear that I have a very pink spring garden. While other colours also exist, they take a back seat to pink in a big way. The first thing to bloom is the February Daphne. A small shrub that blooms first and leafs out second.
At about the same time, our hellebore come into bloom. This variety is cream with a pink blush. By far one of my favorite spring perennials. They also come with double blooms and I plan to treat myself to one come spring.
Shortly after that the Double Flowering Plums break out and really steal the show for about 10 days. They unfortunately have a rather short bloom time, especially if we get a spring rain and wind storm.
In the rock garden the heather is also in bloom. Not overly showy but the bees enjoy it early in the season.
Soon the garden is full of blooms, but the pink still prevails as the dominate colour. The Korean lilacs and beauty bushes really stand out in the spring. This is probably one of the prettiest times in my garden, and also the most fragrant. There was a time when I had lots of pink tulips called “Princess Diana”, but the moles and deer have pretty much destroyed them. Only a few survive right next to the porch.
And for me, the grand finale is the tree peonies. I never get used to how beautiful and amazing they are. They certainly don’t look like something that should be flourishing in my zone 5 garden.
Once spring leaves us behind, there is a slight lull in the garden as it readies itself to burst into summer madness.