There’s nothing quite like the warm spring weather we’ve had recently in the south-east of England to encourage anticipation of the gardening year ahead, so this seems like a good time to tell you about a colour trend that’s been popping up in gardens recently.
There was more pink around at last years Chelsea Flower Show, and at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, rather than the planting combination of various shades of blues and purples of recent years.
Bear with me before you think this is all a bit girly and loose interest, because pink, like most colours, comes in many different shades, and you can use it in a variety of ways in your garden.
The deeper the colour, the more it suggests energy and is stimulating in the same way as the colour red, so introduce this shade where you want a more lively vibe.
Soft pink is romantic and gentle, use it where you want to create a relaxing atmosphere.
You don’t just have to rely on flowers to introduce colour into your garden, use furniture or paint the walls to enhance the mood that you want to create.
The flowers of Valerian (Centranthus ruber) are a lilac shade of pink, picking up the pink shades of the daisy flower (Erigeron karvinskianus) and contrasting beautifully with the lime green euphorbia opposite.
This was taken at Loseley House, Surrey.
A more contemporary style is achieved here combining pink roses with Stipa tennuisima grasses for contrasting texture, tall, airy Verbena bonariensis, mauve scabious and the silvery spears of Astelia.
Generally pink is the colour of hope and compassion, usually associated with warmth and comfort, and maybe that’s just what we all need in these challenging times.
photo of pink wall by homeklondike.com
all other photos by Jill Anderson