A Study in Color: Pink in the Garden

Pink is definitely a girly color…but it can also be wild!

The shades of pink range from the slightest hint of blush to a vibrant, strong magenta! If you’ve chosen a delicate shade of pink, plant it next to white. White will spotlight it – even if it is a pale pale pink,

Light pink can also be an effective linking color. Spots of light pink enrich deep blues, golden yellows, and deeper pinks. Red is the only rich color that won’t benefit from pink. Side-by-side contrasts of these colors end up looking flat. However, a peachy pink with tints of yellow will help red flowers pop!

Pink usually is associated with sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, and feminine. It is color of universal love of oneself and of others. Most often, it is associated with little girls, bubble gum, and cotton candy.

Begonias are a flower that comes in nearly every color. But they are beautiful in hues of pink. We love begonias – we have highlighted them many times! They are easy to care for, pretty, and thrive in our Midwest weather.

There are numerous kinds of dianthus. They come in pink, red, and white with notched petals. They have a spicy, fragrant scent. Pinks are low-growing dianthus suitable for rock gardens. They do well in full sun without too much water.

And then there’s peonies – lovely, lovely peonies! They are beautiful, beloved perennials. If they are in the right spot, peony plants will bloom for 100 years or more. They prefer sunny locations with well-drained soil.

As always, you could do pink cushions or pillows on your outdoor furniture. We even had a client think about painting a wall on her pool house pink!