Pink flowers added to the garden can create a comforting, calm mood, and there is a huge range to choose from.
In spring, vivid-magenta elephant’s ears bloom beside rich-pink bleeding hearts, and wands of Byzantine gladioli blaze hot-raspberry in the sun. Then, in summer, there are many wonderful forms of lychnis, salvia, achillea, dianthus, phlox, and penstemon to add blushing pockets of pink.
But, what is the best way to incorporate these rosy perennials into your garden color scheme? The late Christopher Lloyd, who created the garden at Great Dixter, UK, was determined that it must be ‘the "right" shade of pink, as being harmonious and reassuring.’ He was wary of salmon-colored pinks and anything with too much blue in it. But the ‘good’ pinks, which have a radiant, clear color, are easy to fit into a planting scheme.
For instance, he was fond of the oriental poppies ‘Karine’ and ‘Juliane’, and bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis). These 'good' pinks complement silver, claret, and glaucous foliage, plus red, orange, and blue flowers.
Both Lloyd and the late gardener Beth Chatto liked to use the often-outlawed combination of yellow and pink. But Lloyd insisted that one of the two would have to be pale: ‘I wouldn’t put a bright pink next to a bright yellow,’ he stated. ‘I would certainly have a soft yellow with a bright pink.’ For instance, he planted the bold-pink Japanese anemone 'Hadspen Abundance’ with the pale-banana Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.
Give your flower beds a rosy charm with these pink flowers. From romantic and pretty to contemporary and structural, there's something for every style in this mix.
BY HOLLY CROSSLEY