Pink within the garden is a happy and vibrant colour, whether it be pale pink, strawberry pink or hot cerise, it is always welcome and planted often at my place.
The colour pink is now the known colour for Breast Cancer Awareness. The month of October each year has seen millions of dollars raised over the years for breast cancer research, prevention and support through pink merchandise which ranges from the ribbons to roses.
So whether you’re supporting breast cancer awareness or just a lover of pink in the garden here are some tried, true and tested pink favourites of mine.
Pink Perennial: Salvia spp & cv.
Now this is a very large genus of plants and there are a multitude of species plus all the named cultivars, so for me to choose one to showcase is almost impossible. Perennial forms vary in height from 30cm to 3m+ and can be anywhere from small delicate border plants to show stopping large spreading shrubs such as the cultivars of the Salvia involucrata species.
‘Wendy’s Wish’ a cultivar of Salvia buchananii has been very popular the past few years, as have a great range of the Salvia greggii cultivars. They are all wonderfully hardy, bee and butterfly attracting plants and are easy to grow from cuttings.
Grow in a sunny location with good drainage and prune back after flowering to maintain bushiness. They also make great cut flowers.
Pink Native: Grevillea cv.
Brush flower forms – ‘Lollypop’, ‘Flamingo’, ‘Sylvia’, ‘Misty Pink’, ‘Pink Surprise’.
These are the super models of the grevillea world. Some will disagree but these Grevilleas are just a sight to behold when in full flower. The flowers are arranged into a cylindrical brush shape and these forms generally do best in warmer climates.
Grevilleas require a sunny location, good drainage and low phosphorus fertiliser such as Searles Flourish Native Plant Food. Keep your Grevillea bushes looking good by tip pruning after each flower has finished, by trimming just behind the flower head. Hard prunes can be done on older straggly plants in the growing season.
There are spider and toothbrush forms to choose from as well.
Podranea ricasoliana ‘Pink Trumpet Vine’
This vine will happily grow in most climatic zones and bears the most delicate soft pink trumpet shaped blooms during spring through to autumn.
Grown successfully in sun or light shaded positions, such as arbours, fences, veranda railings, large baskets and even as a weeping standard. Very hardy and virtually a pest and disease free plant, as well as being drought tolerant once established.
Prune when flowering has finished.
Handroanthus spp ‘Pink Trumpet Tree’ ‘Tabebuia’
The pink trumpet tree is planted widely in some regions as street trees because of their hardiness and beautiful pink clusters of trumpet shaped flowers. In these tough growing locations they tend to be smaller in height but will grow anywhere from 6 to 12m. Some varieties available are the palest of pinks, white, yellow and also dark pink. You will still see these trees often labelled as Tabebuias. When in flower the Pink Trumpet Tree can sometimes look like fairy floss on a trunk, for the masses of blooms appear when the tree has lost all of its foliage.
Grow in a sunny location with regular fertilising through the warmer months and your ‘Pink Trumpet Tree’ will be growing in no time.
Calibrachoas ‘Cherry Blossom’ ‘Cherry Star’ ‘Double Rose’
They come in a huge range of colours and there are various tones of pink. The key to keeping these little beauties looking their best is to give them a decent prune now and then. This can be hard, as they never appear to stop flowering but it is important to stop them from going straggly in the centre and promote more abundant blooms. Grow in a sunny location, liquid fertilise on a regular basis and provide good drainage. This is a must, as they detest wet feet.
Plant begonias in pots for great colour. Begonias come in many growing habits from the small annual bedding begonias to tall cane types, showy tuberous forms and stunning Rex begonias. Some forms of Rex begonias have silvery pink and even cerise foliage. Grow begonias in a sunny to semi-shaded location depending on variety chosen.
Best Pink Flowering Plants
Pink Temperate: Luculia, Daphne, Dais, Weigelia, Prunus spp, Peony, Clematis.
Pink Tropical: Gingers, Orchids, Heliconias, Frangipani & Medinilla.
Pink Foliage: Coleus ass, Iresine, Graptophyllum pictum, Cordyline, Syngonium pink forms, Bromeliad cv. & Dracaena ‘Colourama’.
Pink Annual: Petunia, begonia, aster, viola, pansy, cosmos, snapdragon, alyssum, dianthus, vinca, stocks & phlox.