Pink Flowers That I Love to Plant and Grow
There is nothing more delightful to me that a flower garden. I enjoy planning out the blooming times. I like to mix color schemes. I also like changing the border from year to year. I’ve found as I’ve watched my garden grow that I really love pink flowers. There is just something about a mass of pink that excites me. I’ve tried to grow a variety of flowers over the years. Some grow quite easily with little care. Others are very fickle; I don’t usually like to mess with those. I’ve chosen a few easy to grow varieties that I thought you may enjoy too.
Rose Mallow (Lavatera Trinestris)-Annual
I’ve grown these for several years. You don’t readily find these at your local nursery. You need to grow them from seed. (The seeds you will find easily.) They do well seeded directly outdoors after the last hard frost in your garden location. Although, I’ve had more success starting them indoors and then setting them out after they have four leaves. They will take a couple of months to bloom. They, however, will bloom profusely until fall. Rose Mallows look like tropical hibiscus. They grow on bushy plants up to 3 feet tall. The bushes are simply covered with pink. They are great for a temporary summer hedge or background. They are good for cutting. Little children love them. They also look quite pretty in a little girl’s hair. (Or a woman’s for that matter) If you want to be sure to only get pink you may want to spend a little more and get a high quality seed. The two companies I bought seed packets from included white in the mix with pink even though the color on the package in both instances was pink.
Most varieties of cosmos are mixed colors white, red, and pink with yellow centers. They are however, available through mail-order in pink shades. Although, the taller stems with hair-like leaves are attractive when young, as they grow taller they’re a bit leggy. So, cosmos look best in the middle or back of the border. These plants are some of the very easiest to grow. They love sun. I’ve tried to grow them in partial shade. I got comments on the pretty foliage but they never did bloom! They do better in good soil, but will flower in less than average soil. They are tall and catch people’s eye because they sway in the wind. The lovely thing about cosmos is that they will re-seed themselves.
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)- Perennial
When I was young my Grandfather had bleeding hearts in his garden. I thought they were the most fascinating flower I’d ever seen. I still love them. I’ve enjoyed showing my toddlers the shape of a heart with a drop down from the center. I appreciate them more now because of the shorter bloom time and beautiful foliage. I would grow it just for the appeal of the leaf shape. These flowers grow along with my (pink) tulips, but continue to bloom for another month or so. The hearts bloom along several sideways stems. You can easily find bleeding hearts at nurseries. They do have tender roots so make sure you are gentle when transplanting. My experience with these
Mexican Evening Primrose (Oenothera speciosa)-Perennial
I was given this primrose plant by our local gardening ‘celebrity’, Larry Sagers. I was at a gardening class and he said it was a water-wise plant. I was amazed at how quickly it spread. I didn’t hardly take care of it and yet the neighbors were impressed by the sea of pink. It blooms early summer for about a month. The foliage isn’t really that pretty so you don’t want it in a prominent place. But, they are so easy to take care of and quite beautiful. I recommend them highly. The color is a light pink with a white throat with a yellow border.
Other Pink Flowers That I Love
These are more pink flowers that I have seen or grown which I enjoy very much.
Pink petunias- I know that everybody has petunias. But they really are easy to buy, easy to plant, easy to take care of. And when you mass them along the walkway, they are pretty spectacular.
Spider flower- (Cleome spinosa) This is an elegant flower. It grows a 5ft tall stalk with a fluffy pink cluster of flowers.
Pink Bearded Tongue- (Penstemon) I am so pleased with these that I bought from a mail-order catalog. You can’t find pink at the nurseries!
Summer phlox- (phlox paniculata) These are bushy and about 3 ft tall. Since they bloom later in the summer than most perennials they are definitely an eye-catcher.
Peony- These bushes bloom in spring and have large heavy heads. They are fragrant and you can find wonderful varieties in the mail-order catalogs.
Flowering almond- (Prunus triloba) I look forward to this blooming in early spring. This is not really a flower it’s a shrub. But, I include it anyway. It has double pink flowers and can be heavily pruned to stay under 5 feet.
The four names I know for this plant are Jupiter's Beard, Red Valerian, Keys to Heaven and Centranthus ruber. I saw this 3' tall, bushy perennial in a friend's yard and inquired about it. It was covered with a hot pink to reddish color all over the bush. She said she had gotten starts from a neighbor and it just took off. Well, I did the same. I have absolutely loved them. They are full of color from late spring/early summer to frost. They continue flowering up a stem and go to seed, a cottony-yellow color. You can trim those to get a new flush of color. But, they are still plenty colorful without doing that. They will reseed and after a few years they will also need to be divided. I've had mine three years and they haven't declined to where I've divided them. They are doing great. I really love the fushia pink color that they provide.
Creeping Phlox Newly Transplanted
Creeping Phlox-Phlox subulata
I see this every spring and have wanted to buy it for myself for years. It is a very hardy, colorful, low-growing mass of flowers. They bloom for over a month beginning in early spring. Phlox comes in pink, white and purple. Pink is my favorite. Buy them in bloom to choose the exact color you want. They bloom along with daffodills and other spring bulbs. I got three small plants in March and they are doing great. This year they will take root and spread. Next year they will be 4x's in size and the next year they will spread to probably 2 ft. I plan on using these as an accent flower, although they are also used as a ground cover. They don't look really great directly after bloom but green up nicely later. They look fantastic spilling over rock or brick walls and between pavers.
These are a fabulous choice to open up the spring season. They begin to grow just as soon as things warm up a tiny bit in the springtime. They do fine even after they are snowed on. They began to bloom before my daffodills. These are not only quite stunning in a group, but they are very fragrant. They send the wonderful fragrance through the air and into my window. I want to take it in even more though so I'll go out and kneel down in front of these to really sniff in the aroma. You can find these for sale in the fall. They are bulbs and come in several colors. The original and popular color is blue and lavendar. There are also white, light pink, and darker pinkish purple.
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