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Creating a Garden of Pink and White Flowers

Updated on June 8, 2016
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I love gardening, garden design, learning gardening techniques and photographing plants. I was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Choosing a Color Scheme for the Garden

Choosing a color scheme doesn't just happen out of the blue - it takes a lot of thought and planning; and sometimes waiting a long time for plants to bloom, before finding that the show isn't quite what you thought it was going to be.

Pink Pentstemon

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When I first designed my own garden, there was a lot of orange, and, even this year, later on in Summer there will be some orange montbretia in flower, but I decided that pink was the way to go, because I already had some pink roses growing in the garden, one of them a dog rose which has been there for over fifty years. There are also a lot of pink Japanese anemones, which flower in summer and autumn and are somewhat invasive, but very beautiful, so I let them take hold.

I do love a color co-ordinated garden - don't you?

All the photographs on this page are pictures of my own garden in London. That way you can see that I am practising what I preach.

Hellebore

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About three years ago I decided to change my front garden to English Cottage Garden style

I removed all the grass, put in some paving stones in the shape of a cross, and planted lots of things in the spaces

I encountered a certain amount of opposition from professional gardeners more knowledgeable than me, but I was determined to try it anyway. Sometimes being obstinate and headstrong brings out good results, because I had a steady and fixed idea of what I wanted. That works in all walks of life, actually.

I like to have blocks of color, and it is almost a point of honor with me to have a garden with something flowering somewhere every month of the year, even December and January. So I have a few shrubs which have colorful berries in winter, such as pernettya with white berries, cotoneaster with red berries, and mahonia, a bush with blackberries, as well as hellebores which show their buds in January and open into greeny-white flowers. My roses had a few flowers until the end of December, and my fuschias actually flowered throughout winter and spring which is unusual, but the winter was a bit strange too.

It's important to water your plants when they are first getting established and when they are dry - Here's an ornamental hosereel which would grace any garden

Lychnis and Phlox

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Pink Phlox and Lychnis - Abbotswood Rose - Rose Campion

Perennials which Flower in late Spring and Summer

Phlox is a very easy to grow perennial, and you can propagate it by dividing the roots in early Spring. It always gives a good show, and continues flowering much longer if you dead-head the flowers as they fade.

The Lychnis plant bears dazzlingly bright dark pink flowers with silvery-grey foliage and will grow in full sun or partial shade in poor soil. Height: 18-24 ins.

You need to dead-head it regularly to prolong flowering, but allow some of the seed heads to develop and ripen, and then collect them if you want to grow more plants.

Walk along the path a little further, and you see Cornus, Spirea and Heuchera

Cornus (green and white leaves on left), Spirea (pink and white flowered shrub) and Heuchera at the bottom, centre)
Cornus (green and white leaves on left), Spirea (pink and white flowered shrub) and Heuchera at the bottom, centre) | Source

Cornus, Spirea and Heuchera

On the left of the picture above is a Cornus. The pale green leaves are edged with white and are slightly tinged with pink. It grows vigorously and, as it is deciduous, it sheds its leaves in winter. I have to cut it back very vigorously to stop it spreading upwards and outwards.

Next to that is a Spirea. It is also quite vigorous and I do cut it back a bit in Spring, but can't bear to cut it back too hard, because in June and July it has the daintiest flowers imaginable, bearing pink and white heads of flowers on the same bush. The flowers soon fade to brown and at that stage I do cut the bush back, because it spreads over the pathway and is a nuisance when the branches get stuck in the windows when they are closed.

Right at the bottom is Heuchera, with small pink flowers on stems, flowering from spring through summer.

This is the Pink and White Color Scheme Outside my Front Window - It's quite effective, isn't it? I'm quite proud of it

hollyhock,cornus, spirea and hydrangea
hollyhock,cornus, spirea and hydrangea | Source

Cornus, Spirea, Hollyhock and Hydrangea

In front of the cornus and spirea is an exquisite pale pink Hollyhock, also known as Alcea. It took ages for hollyhocks to establish themselves in my garden, but now, as they are perennial, they grow up every year and seed themselves. Sadly they are subject to rust, and the lower leaves get eaten by slugs and snails, so I have to keep an eye on them, and spray when necessary.

To the right, almost out of view, is a hydrangea, which has white flowers tinged with pink.

If you want a focal point in your garden, how about an Obelisk? - I love saying "obelisk" - some words just sound good!

Border Concepts 72864 Wisteria Obelisk, 60-Inch, Black
Border Concepts 72864 Wisteria Obelisk, 60-Inch, Black

This would look lovely entwined with roses, clematis or any other climber, and even if they die back in winter, the obelisk itself still looks good

 

Would you have a large pink and white area in your garden? - take the poll below and see what everyone else thinks

sweet william (dianthus)
sweet william (dianthus) | Source

Do you like the idea of sticking to a color scheme in your garden?

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Here are some pink planting ideas for the garden - All these plants are shown growing in my garden, so the only cheating is that some of them are in my back gar

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FuschiaPhormium with pink anemone Japonica in the backgroundPink AstilbePink and green SucculentPink PentstemmonPink Ice Plant (Sedum)Pink Canterbury Bells (Foxglove or Digitalis)Pink miniature Azalea with fernsPink HelleboresHeucheraPink RosePink RosebudPink SweetpeasGazanias with a pink tingeBergenia
Fuschia
Fuschia | Source
Phormium with pink anemone Japonica in the background
Phormium with pink anemone Japonica in the background
Pink Astilbe
Pink Astilbe
Pink and green Succulent
Pink and green Succulent
Pink Pentstemmon
Pink Pentstemmon
Pink Ice Plant (Sedum)
Pink Ice Plant (Sedum)
Pink Canterbury Bells (Foxglove or Digitalis)
Pink Canterbury Bells (Foxglove or Digitalis)
Pink miniature Azalea with ferns
Pink miniature Azalea with ferns
Pink Hellebores
Pink Hellebores
Heuchera
Heuchera
Pink Rose
Pink Rose
Pink Rosebud
Pink Rosebud
Pink Sweetpeas
Pink Sweetpeas
Gazanias with a pink tinge
Gazanias with a pink tinge
Bergenia
Bergenia

Links to Useful Gardening Sites - You'll gain a lot of information and learn a lot

Pick up tips about how to improve your horticultural knowledge and your gardening skills will improve enormously. This will soon show in your re-vamped garden.

These are more of my gardening webpages:

Five Daisies For Your Garden

10 Mauve and Purple Flowers For Your Garden

Here are some of my Floral Designs in my Zazzle Shop; You Can Get this Red Hollyhock Design on a Mug, iPad Cover or T-Shirt on Zazzle:

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And here are some Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra Spectabilis) and Forget-me-nots on a Poster - You Can Buy it on Zazzle

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    • Chantelle Porter profile image

      Chantelle Porter 2 years ago from Chicago

      Love your garden. My colors are pink and light purple.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Your garden is quite lovely. I would love a pink and white garden. My colors, at the moment, are the varieties of yellow, orange, red and brown in my sunflower garden. Then, I have yellows and oranges in my daisy garden. In the side yards and front yards, I have pale purple with mexican petunias and peter pan agapanthus!