Presentable in Pink
Judy and I are generally not fond of pink flowers, and we don’t have many in the garden. Not sure why. Generally we like really strong colors – but then we both are partial to blue, which is a softer color like pink. Also, there are a few pink flowers that we like, and at least one that we love. I never claimed to be consistent.
For starters, there is one pink Peony in the garden, ‘Abalone Pearl’. It’s nice, though I like the red and white Peonies better.
OK, this is my favorite pink flower, by a mile. Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis). I love the dangling heart-shaped flowers and the rich green foliage.
In the right location, Bleeding Heart grows vigorously. It throws its arching, flowering stems about in a way that is unapologetically flashy. Still, it is an ephemeral, and will go dormant during hot, dry weather.
Such a perfect plant for moist shade, especially if it is mixed with False Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla).
While Bleeding Heart flowers are a deep pink, in general I find soft, pale pinks the most appealing. Geranium cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ is a good example. It’s the only pink Geranium that I like.
Another pink flower in our garden is the wild Prairie Rose (Rosa setigera).
Here’s a wider shot of the plant.
A pink flower we used to grow is Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). I had to pull it out of the garden because it kept getting infected with aster yellows. This picture is from 2012, I think. Why do the call it Purple Coneflower, though? Doesn’t it look much more pink than purple?
We have the wild New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae), which is sometimes pink, sometimes blue, usually purple. Lots of genetic variation from which to draw all those named cultivars.
Do you have a favorite pink flower in your garden?