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