Normally pink is not one of my favorite colors but I make a huge exception in the garden. When you plant using pink flowers you create a relaxing and calming effect especially when balanced with natures greens. It is a soft color that shines in the shade with the blue-pinks standing out very well in cloudier climates.
Pink flowering perennials can create a romantic flare to your plantings especially if you combine them with white. There are many shades of pink to choose from. The clear pinks combine very nicely with white, clear yellows, orange, salmon and peach toned flowers. The cooler pinks, or the blue-pinks work better with silver,dark purple or red.
Some of the prettiest pink perennial flowers start in the spring with perennial bulbs and peonies. The choice for spring tulips is ever increasing and mail order suppliers do a great job of giving us a multitude of choices. Tulipa ‘China Pink’ is a lovely satin-pink, lily flowered tulip. Peonies which are the backbone of the romantic garden come in many shades of pink and pink blends and are my favorite pink perennial. Their large single or double blooms, often fragrant, are hard to beat. One of the best is Sarah Bernhardt, with huge fully double, delicate pink blooms.
Many perennial geraniums offer pink blooms which start to bloom in early summer right through to early fall. For soft pink try Geranium x oxonianum or Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’. Ballerina grows in a nice round clump and after blooming the leaves remain attractive until frost.
For a strong punch of pink plant Geranium psilostemon. For the front of a border Oenthera speciosa ‘Siskiyou’ or ‘Pink Petticoats’ spreads gently across the ground at the base of taller plants. Achillea ‘Cerise Queen’ has one planting yarrow again.
Echinacea purpurea is a striking pink perennial for later summer and although they have produced many new cultivars, I still prefer the original and find it to be the most garden worthy. If you need to fill in an area with a light airy feeling choose Gypsoplila ‘Rose Veil’, a low growing mat with tiny, delicate flowers.
A tall pink perennial such as Foxglove is great for the mid or back of the border. Remember that these are a biennial, flowering in their second year. Once they are established in your garden they will become reliable year to year as they will self seed.
Mid to late summer brings on flowering Phlox. Blooming for a long period ‘Fairy’s Petticoat’ is a soft pink with a medium pink eye.
Daylilies abound in shades of pink, again source out through mail order suppliers and growers for a selection that will have you spinning. Iris and clematis are strong growers featuring pink blooms. Perennial poppies also flower in lovely pink tones, try Victoria Louise.
To combine with your pink perennials there are many pink flowering roses, shrubs, trees, vines and annuals. No shortage of choice here.
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