Planning colour schemes can be an interesting exercise for summer when the garden needs less attention. You can sit and admire your current efforts and plan from the new catalogues that are arriving. Observe what has worked well in your local gardens this year and do not be afraid to copy or improve on someones idea. I have been take by soft colour schemes that forswear reds oranges and purples in favour of a more pastle approach.
Pastel Pink Colours
- Soft pink rather than shocking pink is restful and ‘the very essence of the traditional garden’ (Lance Hattatt Gardening with Colour)
- The combination of this low growing Dahlia ‘Rosea’ has worked well with the continuous flowers of the hardy Geranium Anna Folkard. The strappy leaves of a pink Schizostylis will come in to flower in autumn hopefully before the dahlia has finished.
- An off white or cream flower can also be used with pink to lighten up the general effect.
- Phlox paniculata ‘Fairy’s Petticoat’ is a personal favourite with a pink eye and a lighter outer to the petals.
- Pink can vary from the white with a pale blush through warm and cool shades to orangey pinks or blue tinged pink. This is seen in a range of single Roses including ‘Pink Bassino’ with a prominent white eye, the magenta ‘Pink Meidiland’ or the distinctive apricot pink of ‘Irish Elegance’.
In spring when all seems to be ‘daffodill and crocus yellow’ I particularly like the Rhododendrons. They can bud dark pink on dark foliage but open to a showy light pink heralding new colours as the season moves forward. The Yaks Hoppy and Bashful are garden varieties worth seeking out.
Be selective about your pink flowering plants and shrubs they can delight the eye if combined successfully in a planting scheme.