Six on Saturday | Pretty in Pink

For someone who doesn’t particularly like the colour pink (and never wears it) I seem to have a lot of it in my garden. Some intentional, some not. This week please join me for a look at some of my pinks around the garden.

Above (header in the Cornish hedge) and below is Erigeron glaucus ‘Sea Breeze’ with its semi-double, lilac-pink flowers adorned with yellow centres. I cut this back drastically in the gravel garden this spring as it was trailing all down the wall and into the pebble path.  As its name suggests it is a salt tolerant plant and grows happily in seaside and drought type conditions.

Erigeron ‘Sea Breeze’

I have several plants of Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ / loosestrife growing in the raised beds. It is a moisture-loving herbaceous perennial that produces strong, tall spires of soft pale rose-pink flowers in summer to early autumn and this year are looking better than ever, though every year the foliage appears to have brown patches which could be rust.

Lythrum salicaria ‘Blush’ with a background of the pink and white daisies, Erigeron karvinskianus

Another bluish-pink flower is this clematis, name unknown, which grows in the woodland border with only late afternoon sunshine. A more blue one which grows alongside seems to have suffered clematis wilt this year, all I can see are shrivelled up brown leaves.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you the Common Yarrow in white. I also have it in pink growing on the Cornish hedge which came from a packet of wildflower perennial seeds. It is spreading nicely and I love the way it is beginning to trail over the edge.

A similar colour can be found in this Osteospermum jucundum var.compactum with magenta pink daisy like flowers and a darker centre. This was growing in the gravel garden but became very unruly so this spring I removed it all. I had taken cuttings though and now have one or two plants around the garden. It likes full sun and can survive outdoors in milder winter climates if they are in a sheltered location and protected from the cold.

OSTEOSPERMUM jucundum var.compactum

And closer to the house on the Zen Patio is this pot of Scented-leaf Pelargonium ‘Sweet Mimosa’ which remains outside all year. I cut it back hard in the spring and cross my fingers! A delightful variety which has a lovely lemon and rose fragrance in addition to the large shell pink petals on the top two and pale pink with a white throat on the bottom. Dark feather markings.

Pelargonium ‘Sweet Mimosa’ with Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata Carmine’ in the background. Another compact Cosmos suitable for containers.

Do you have a colour in your garden that you are not particularly fond of?

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Six on Saturday


  1. peggy says:

    Beautiful. Love pink flowers and you have shown us so many different varities.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Peggy. I have quite a few more!

  2. Suzanne says:

    Pink and green go so well together that it makes pink flowers in a garden much more acceptable. I am with you in choosing not to wear pink; UNTIL years ago I decided to get a bright pink wind breaker to wear while training to be seen by moving objects such as cars. Then, a few more clothing items appeared in my wardrobe. It has been a slippery slide to the pink side ever since. Though black and white still dominate 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is a colour that seems to epitomise an English country garden in summer, I just hadn’t realised quite as many different pinks I had. I tend to go for autumn colours – olive, wine, ochre, brown along with navy and black, but now I am no longer a red-head maybe other colours would suit me.

      1. Suzanne says:

        Yes, I was a redhead in my younger years, though there’s still a tinge in between the greys and golden strands. I love the autumn colours though dislike reddish colours. You will have to try a new colour and let us know how it goes 🙂

  3. Pink in my garden is most welcome. I used to wear pink and I used to wear red, but they don’t suit me now. 🤔 I have a lovely Loosestrife which I showed last week……guess who gave it to me!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I never wore red until I was in my forties as I had dark auburn hair and thought red would clash, actually it didn’t and I loved it. My mistakes have been in going for patterns/florals which do not suit me at all. I must pop back and look at your loosestrife. I have a yellow one for next week.

  4. I love pink flowers and try to group all of mine together. A pretty six selection!

  5. Cathy says:

    I have been really struggling again to comment on your blog recently, Jude – couldn’t do it on laptop, mobile or new tablet, but strangely can now do it on my old tablet…bizarre, and frustrating! Sadly I have forgotten what I was going to say after numerous failed attempts! It’s strange, because I thought the problem had righted itself – it seems not to recognise I am logged into WordPress and won’t give me tge option of doing so.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t know what the problem is as I have not changed anything on my blog. All I do know is that I sometimes have that issue when using the WP app on my phone. Not usually when I use WordPress on my laptop in my browser which is chrome. Have you tried asking a Happiness Engineer for help?

      1. Cathy says:

        Not sure they are accessible to users of free WordPress. It’s certainly something at my end, and possibly relating to when I changed my email password – I will have to eperiment with logging out and in of both Hotmail and WordPress on all all devices, I think.

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