Pretty in Pink (Pink Perennials)

I’ve never thought of myself as the pink type, but right now my garden is spilling over with pink flowers of one kind or another. Somewhere along the line there must be a secret side hiding inside trying to get out. I’ve obviously been attracted to pink blooms over the last couple of years and my plantings are finally coming to fruit.

Visiting a friends garden 2 years ago I commented on how much I liked her pink poppies. Next thing I new there was a packet in my mail box with an envelople full of poppy seeds. I scattered them around one area and now 2 years later they are blooming for the first time. I love the ragged edges.

Pink Poppy / Sensible Gardening and Living
Pink Poppy / Sensible Gardening and Living

I had planted foxgloves (digitalis) several years ago and lost them after a couple of years of drought in my garden. This year out of no where they have regrown in a few areas and as luck would have it they are a lovely rosey pink. They quite wisely grew up along the back fence. Since they are biennials, I’ll let them go to seed for future years.

Another plant I admired at one time at my sister’s home was Rose Campion or catchfly (Lychnis coronaria). What attracted me to the plant was the  soft, velvety, silver-gray leaves. It too has rosy pink blooms.

I planted an Elderberry Shrub (Sambucus Black Lace) because of its striking purple black foliage. The lacy dark leaves looked great next to my Ninebark (Physocarpus Diabolo). It is presently completely covered in clusters of beautiful pink blossoms. With the cooler weather we have been having it had been blooming so far for over 2 weeks.

Elderberry 'Black Lace' / Sensible Gardening and Living
Elderberry ‘Black Lace’ / Sensible Gardening and Living

We do not grow a lot of roses as our soil is not very fertile and we have so many deer that we seldom see a bloom. There is one however that has beeen left alone. Along the back fence in the daylily field is Rose John Davis. A climber on the white fence, it is covered in old-fashioned shaped blooms. A very bright pink at first they fade to pale pink with creamy bases to the petals. The flowers appear in clusters and blooms on and off all summer.

Toward the end of last season at a nursery sale I bought a Centaurea sight unseen so to speak. The picture looked nice. I’ve since looked for the tag but can not find it therefore I don’t know the variety. I was pleasantly surprised when it bloomed, and yes it is also pink.

Not to be out done by all the other pink flowers, an Echinacea purpurea has started blooming, a bit earlier than normal for my garden.

Echinacea / Sensible Gardening and Living
Echinacea / Sensible Gardening and Living

Last, but brilliant are the dianthus I planted along the east side of the veranda where very little wants to grow for me. For some reason that strip of garden has a curse on it. These little guys however have beencoming back for several years and help to brighten up an otherwise dull area.

Dianthus / Sensible Gardening and Living
Dianthus / Sensible Gardening and Living

 

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