The many shades of pink
Pink is a conflicting combination of fiery and passionate red with the innocence and purity of white. Perhaps this explains why there are so many variations of pink available. The light tender blush pinks are often associated with romance and sweetness and set a tranquil mood. On the opposite end, with their red undertones, the hot fuchsias and strong magentas stimulate and demand attention even from afar.
In the garden, likely due to its abundance, pink plants can be easy to use. It is one of the most common flower colors, especially in the early summer cottage garden. And pink is friendly — in color theory, pink is referred to as a “linking color,” acting as an intermediary to forge connections between other stronger shades, such as blue or purple and red.
Put pink plants to work in the garden
Don’t be overwhelmed by the number of pink plant options out there. Narrow your focus by choosing mood and impact. Then consider function — shocking focal point, cut flower or border theme are just a few examples to get you started. With so many choices, you’re sure to find that ideal bold statement or delicate touch just right for your garden.
Mix and match shapes in your pink garden
There are many variations of pink to add great depth and interest to a design. In the garden bed above, the color pink acts as a unifying theme, connecting a variety of different flowers. Since there are no distractions from competing colors, the focus can be on color value, texture and shape. The tulips (Tulipa hybrid) stand broad and proud supported by the finer dianthus (Dianthus hybrids).
Use pink plants in your garden border
Remember basic design strategies as you incorporate pink into your border — accent colors, layers of short-to-tall plantings and a repeating base color. This planting displays pink’s flexibility because it contains both the saturated red-toned pinks and the lighter pastel pinks. The darker pinks are repeated in both the front and back of the border while the pastels dance across the midlevel. This thoughtful combination creates a visually appealing border.
Plants with pink flowers & foliage
If you can’t get enough of this versatile color, you’re in luck. There are so many plants in different shades of pink that there’s sure to be one to suit your taste. Check out the gallery below to find some new pink plants to add to your garden’s palette.