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pink Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink'

PINK PERENNIALS & THEIR COMPANIONS - 1


The colour pink comes in many forms, many quite descriptive. There are fruity shades such as cerise, strawberry and raspberry. There are salmon pinks. There are degrees of pink from pale to deep. Shades may be soft, clear, bright or brilliant - they may be warm or hot. They can be rose or dusty rose, lavender-pink or lilac-pink. Some are even metallic pink, shell pink or ice pink.

Most shades of pink are complemented by purples, grays and whites. Choosing yellow companions is a trickier prospect. There is many a "marriage made in heaven" to be found among the partnerships below.


* Watch for the animated hummingbird and butterfly with the plants that attract them. *
The deer icon indicates plants that deer are not usually attracted to.

The best time and method to propagate plants can be found on our image-intensive PROPAGATION page.

To help your plants grow their best, check out our FERTILIZATION page.

To create your own plant partnerships based on tried and true color theory, check out our GARDEN COLOR page.

To see if a particular plant is on this page press Ctrl+F, type in the name, then click the Find button.


ACHILLEA

This genus was named for the mythic Greek warrior, Achilles, alleged to have soothed his soldiers' wounds with the crushed leaves of the Yarrow plant.

Achillea:  dark pink forms

    in front of:  Veronica (tall blue) & white daisies
Achillea millefolium:  Common Yarrow, mostly pink and red shades
    with:  Valeriana officinalis, Digitalis
Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen':  'Cerise Queen' pink Yarrow, a rapid spreader
    Achillea millefolium 'Cerise Queen' - pink Yarrow
    note:  this cultivar progresses through various bright to pale pink shades as the blooms age for a lovely effect
      with:  Linum perenne, Chrysanthemum x superbum, Salvia x superba, Valeriana, Digitalis
    Achillea 'Salmon Beauty':  salmon-pink underlaid with pale yellow
      with:  Delphinium (light blue)
        behind edging of:  Veronica 'Goodness Grows' or Stachys 'Silver Carpet'
          combined with:  Chrysanthemum x superbum (double) & Hemerocallis (dark red)
            combined with:  Veronica longifolia & Gypsophila 'Rosy Veil'
          Yarrows come in many colours. Follow the links to find choices you might want to add to your gardens, as well as the plants that complement them best.

        • orange Yarrows
        • red Yarrows
        • silver foliage Yarrows
        • white Yarrows
        • yellow Yarrows



        • ALCEA

          To start Hollyhocks from seed, sow directly where you want plants to grow. Do so in fall in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Save seed from your favourites but pull out older plants after bloom. Rust disease affects older plants worse than it does younger ones. Never compost any part of this biennial.

          Alcea rosea 'Chater's Double':  Chater's Double Hollyhock, pink

            behind:  Baptisia australis, Paeonia, Dictamnus, Aconitum, 3' yellow Achillea
              near:  Gypsophila paniculata, Alcea (tall white forms)
            For Hollyhocks of various colours, follow the links below.

          • orange Hollyhocks
          • red Hollyhocks
          • white Hollyhocks
          • yellow Hollyhocks
          • Hollyhocks to attract Hummingbirds
          • If you've given up on Hollyhocks entirely, preferring something somewhat shorter or less disease-prone, you might want to try either of the pink-flowered look-alikes below.

          • Malva
          • Sidalcea



          • ANEMONE

            Many of the pink Windflowers are among the fall-blooming forms, as you will see below. There are also pink shades in the spring-bloomers as well.

            Anemone hupehensis 'September Charm':  Chinese Anemone, rose-coloured flowers

              Anemone hupehensis 'September Charm'
              where:  in masses against a south-facing stone wall
                in front of:  shrubs, evergreens
                  with:  Aconitum, Cimicifuga simplex, Aster, Solidago, Helianthus, Ornamental Grasses, ferns
                    with:  Epimedium, Hosta, Salvia
                  Anemone x hybrida 'Lady Gilmour':  medium pink, semi-double, flowers to 3" across
                    synonym:  'Crispa' after the crisped green leaves, like curly parsley
                  Anemone x hybrida 'Pamina':  Double Japanese Anemone, deep pink double flowers on 3-5' stems

                  Anemone japonica:  pink
                    with:  blue New England or New York Aster & Aster x frikartii (blue forms)
                  Anemone japonica 'Margarete':  semi-double deep pink
                    with:  blue New England or New York Aster & Aster x frikartii (blue forms)
                  Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima':  Japanese Anemone, metallic-pink flowers
                    with:  long-legged perennials
                      behind:  Alchemilla mollis
                        combined with:  Cimicifuga, Thalictrum & Veronicastrum
                          combined with:  Dahlia 'Park Princess', Galtonia candicans & Veronica 'Blue Peter'
                        To see what perennials complement other shades of Anemone, follow the links below.

                      • blue Anemone
                      • Anemone for shade
                      • white Anemone



                      • ANTENNARIA

                        A member of the Compositae family, Cat's Ears is a genus of evergreen to semi-evergreen ground-covering perennials with mat-like, woolly leaves and fluffy flowers. Blooming in late spring to early summer they are perfect for full sun and well-drained soil.

                        Antennaria dioica rubra:  Pink Pussytoes

                        For ideas and information, click on the link below.

                      • Pussytoes galore



                      • AQUILEGIA

                        The word "graceful" describes this short-lived perennial perfectly. Start only the species from seed sown in autumn or spring. Cultivars will rarely come "true" i.e. resemble the parent plant.

                        Aquilegia 'Robin':  Songbird Strain Columbine

                          with:  blue and purple shades of Iris sibirica
                            combined with:  Heuchera 'June Bride' & Geranium x 'Johnson's Blue'
                          There is more information as well as Columbines of many other colours and colour combinations to access with the following links.

                        • red Columbines
                        • Columbines for shade
                        • white Columbines
                        • Columbines to attract Hummingbirds



                        • ARABIS

                          Early autumn is the time to sow fresh seeds or plant root divisions of this spring-blooming rock garden or border edging perennial. Gritty, well-drained soil in full sun is best.

                          Arabis caucasica 'Compinkie':  rosy-pink

                          Arabis caucasica 'Spring Charm':  pink Wall Cress Arabis comes in other colours as well.

                        • more Arabis forms for edging
                        • white Arabis forms
                        • Arabis with variegated foliage



                        • ARMERIA

                          To start this grassy-leaved perennial from seed, sow in early spring. Propagation by division can be done in either early spring or fall. Gritty, well-drained soil in full sun will ensure best performance.

                          Armeria maritima:  Common Thrift

                          Armeria maritima 'Dusseldorfer Pride' As far as I know, Thrift comes in only two colours - white and pink. For more information and companionships follow the link below.

                        • Thrift as edgers



                        • ASTER

                          Did you know that the sprays of Asters look wonderful in both fresh and dried arrangements? The small, daisy-like blooms usually have bright yellow centres. Seeds sown in spring will bloom the following year. Remember to divide clumps every 2-3 years to keep them vigorous. Replant only the healthy outer portions and discard the spent centre.

                          Aster 'Crimson Brocade':  tall pink

                            with:  Cimicifuga simplex 'White Pearl'
                          Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potschke':  deep salmon-pink Aster novi-belgii 'Kassel':  pink Michaelmas Daisy Aster is a huge genus with flowers in a multitude of colours. Try any of those below in your gardens soon. And read the additional information on each of the pages to help you grow them to best advantage.

                        • Asters that attract butterflies
                        • blue-flowered Asters
                        • purple Asters
                        • Asters for shade
                        • white Asters



                        • ASTILBE

                          The blooming spikes of Astilbe in their myriad colours also make wonderful cut flowers for arrangements, either fresh or dried. The name Astilbe, according to The American Horticultural Society's FLOWER FINDER means "without color" and refers to the leaves. Here is another interesting tidbit from the same source... If your Astilbe's leaves are shiny, it most likely belongs to the species Astilbe simplicifolia.

                          Astilbe chinensis 'Pumila'

                          Add some of the Astilbe forms below to your plant shopping list. Check out each page so you'll have all the information you need to keep yours performing at their peak.

                        • Astilbe forms for edging
                        • Astilbe forms for shade
                        • white Astilbe forms



                        • BEGONIA

                          The Hardy Begonia is said to be hardy only to Zone 6 but would perhaps be worth a try with some winter protection in Zone 5. Both flowers and foliage are attractive. Growing from a small bulb-like tuber, it reaches a height of 2 feet.

                          Begonia grandis

                          If you thought Begonia was a genus of only annuals, check out the link below for a perennial form.

                        • hardy Begonia for shade



                        • BELLIS

                          This genus, grown in full sun to semi-shade, in fertile, well-drained soil, will perform as a perennial or biennial. Dead-head the tiny, daisy-like flowers after bloom. Seed should be sown in early summer. Division should be done after the flowering period is over. Moisture needs to be maintained through the growing period.

                          Bellis perennis:   a biennial

                            under:  red and pink Tulipa, Narcissus & Tulipa



                          BERGENIA

                          "Vigorous" is a word often used to describe Pig Squeak, also known as Heartleaf Bergenia, a perennial that grows best in moist, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. Propagate by seed or root division in early spring. Enjoy both its large, shiny, heart-shaped leaves and its mid-spring blooms.

                          Bergenia cordifolia

                            soil preference:  moist, humus-rich but tolerates dry shade under trees
                              where:  in full sun (in the north) to light shade
                                use for:  rock walls, stone walks, in front of shrubs, as accent at base of stone wall, along paths
                                  with:  fine-textured shrubs or perennials, plants with straplike leaves
                                    with:  Hosta, ground covers
                                      behind:  ferns, other delicate woodland plants
                                        shape contrast in front of:  arching Hemerocallis, spikes of Digitalis
                                          with:  Polygonatum spp, Pulmonaria spp, Dicentra, Yucca, Helleborus
                                            combined with:  bold Bergenia with lacy Paeonia & spiky Iris sibirica
                                          Bergenia cordifolia:  pink forms
                                            Bergenia cordifolia (pink) - pink Bergenia, Pig Squeak
                                            beside:  Arabis (double-flowered)
                                              in front of:  Tulipa (Triumph type - plum, mauve or lavender)
                                                beside:  Lamium 'Pink Pewter' (silvery leaves & rose-pink flowers) - "the prettiest dead nettle there is": Patrick Lima
                                              To bring a little light into shaded areas try the link below.

                                            • white Bergenia



                                            • BOLTONIA

                                              An airy perennial that blooms in late summer to early fall is a welcome addition to the rear of a garden. This American native has masses of small flowers with ray petals and rounded yellow centres. Divide every 2 years in spring and replant with some sun in well-drained, humusy soil.

                                              Boltonia asteroides 'Pink Beauty':  pink Boltonia

                                                with:  Physostegia virginiana, Eupatorium purpureum, Papaver orientale, Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank'
                                                  with:  Aster 'Alma Potschke'
                                                    with:  a white-variegated cultivar of Japanese silver grass, Miscanthus sinensis
                                                      with:  Buddleia x 'Lochinch' (hybrid with B. fallowiana)
                                                    If you prefer white to pink try the link below.

                                                  • white Boltonia



                                                  • CAMPANULA

                                                    Pink may not be the colour you think of first when Bellflower is mentioned. But there are pink choices for bloom in late spring or early summer, sometimes into fall depending on species. You might also want to try Bellflower look-alikes including Platycodon - Balloon Flower and Adenophora - Lady-Bells.

                                                    Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna':  soft pink

                                                      Campanula lactiflora 'Loddon Anna'
                                                      combined with:  white Phlox paniculata, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Caryopteris or Adenophora confusa
                                                    Wonderful Bellflowers and their companions are available at the links below.

                                                  • blue Bellflowers
                                                  • purple Bellflowers
                                                  • white Bellflowers



                                                  • CENTAUREA

                                                    Blooming in spring or summer, Knapweeds are valuable "fillers" in gardens with full sun and well-drained soil. Sow seeds either in spring or early fall where you want plants to grow. Division should be done in spring or fall every 2-3 years.

                                                    Centaurea:  Perennial Cornflower

                                                      with early-summer-blooming perennials:  Paeonia
                                                    Centaurea dealbata:  Knapweed, rosy-purple
                                                      Centaurea dealbata - Knapweed
                                                      where:  meadow plantings, informal gardens
                                                        with:  Rudbeckia, Achillea, Ornamental Grasses
                                                      Centaurea dealbata rosea
                                                        beside:  Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'
                                                      Centaurea hypoleuca 'John Coutts':  Knapweed, fluffy deep mauve with white centers
                                                        named by:  Graham Stuart Thomas after the late Curator of Kew Gardens, London, England
                                                          where:  massed in mid-bed or at front
                                                            beside:  Baptisia australis, Cosmos bipinnatus 'Purity'
                                                          The different species of Knapweed are quite distinct in their flowers as you will see by following the links below.

                                                        • blue Knapweed
                                                        • silver foliage Knapweed
                                                        • yellow Knapweed



                                                        • CENTRANTHUS

                                                          Well-drained, alkaline soil and full sun are best for this easy to grow genus commonly called Fox's-brush and Jupiter's Beard. Flowers are fragrant and bloom from an early summer start over a long period of time. Apparently dead-heading may encourage late re-blooming. Divide every 2 years in spring or fall.

                                                          Centranthus ruber:  Red Valerian, rosy

                                                            where:  with softer-coloured or creamy yellow flowers, in wall or rock gardens
                                                              with:  Gaura lindheimeri, Verbascum phoeniceum 'Flush of White'
                                                                with:  Achillea, Aster including A. novi-belgii 'Benary's Composition Mix', Coreopsis
                                                                  combined with:  Nepeta x faassenii, Centranthus ruber 'Snowcloud' & Centaurea montana
                                                                    combination of:  Centranthus 'Coccineus' & Centranthus 'Albiflorus' together
                                                                      behind:  Sedum spectabile 'Stardust', Eryngium bourgatii
                                                                    Centranthus ruber 'Roseus':  
                                                                      sometimes called:  Centranthus ruber var. roseus
                                                                        surround with:  green-leaved plants
                                                                          not with:  other pinks
                                                                            with:  Achillea x 'Moonshine'



                                                                          CHELONE

                                                                          These tall plants for shady, moist sites are known as Turtlehead, Snakehead, Balmony and Pink Turtlehead. They prefer a somewhat acidic soil, with a pH level from 4-6. A late-summer bloom time is also a welcome quality as so many shade-lovers bloom much earlier in the season. Hooded flowers occur in spikes on upright, leafy stems. Maintain constant moisture to ensure survival.

                                                                          Chelone lyonii:  Pink Turtlehead

                                                                            Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips' - 'Hot Lips' Turtlehead
                                                                            with late-summer bloomers:  Aster, Phlox paniculata, Solidago
                                                                          Chelone obliqua:  Pink Turtlehead, rose-pink
                                                                            in border with:  Eupatorium purpureum, Aster, Anaphalis, Anemone x hybrida
                                                                              in meadow with:  Solidago, Helianthus, Ornamental Grasses
                                                                                at pond edge with:  water Iris spp., Lobelia siphilitica, ferns



                                                                              CHRYSANTHEMUM

                                                                              Pink Chrysanthemums are numerous. What we term its "flower" is actually comprised of numerous small flowers or florets. They will bloom magnificently in full sun and somewhat fertile, well-drained soil. Division should be done in early spring or after flowering is finished.

                                                                              Chrysanthemum coccineum:  Pyrethrum, Painted Daisy

                                                                                Tanacetum coccineum - formerly Chrysanthemum coccineum - pink Painted Daisy
                                                                                now called:  Tanacetum coccineum
                                                                                  where:  at or near front edge of a wide border, no further back than mid-border with lots of room around
                                                                                    behind:  Nepeta faassenii
                                                                                      with:  Veronica teucrium 'Shirley Blue' (clear azure-blue)
                                                                                        with summer perennials:  Achillea, Hemerocallis, Iris, Papaver
                                                                                          combined with:  blue Iris sibirica, Thalictrum aquilegiafolium & Paeonia
                                                                                        Chrysanthemum x rubellum 'Clara Curtis':  deep pink singles
                                                                                          now called:  Dendranthema zawadskii 'Clara Curtis'
                                                                                            combined with:  Artemisia ludoviciana 'Silver King' & Aster x frikartii
                                                                                              with:  Artemisia 'Powis Castle'
                                                                                            Do you want perennial Chrysanthemums in other colours? Follow the links below for ideas and to learn about reclassification of many types.

                                                                                          • red Chrysanthemum forms
                                                                                          • white Chrysanthemum forms
                                                                                          • a Chrysanthemum form with variegated foliage



                                                                                          • COREOPSIS

                                                                                            Pink Coreopsis? Yes! Pink Tickseed is similar in appearance to Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'. At 2 feet tall and with blooms from June to September it makes a wonderful edger. My Heritage Perennials PERENNIAL GARDENING GUIDE warns that "Plants are vigorous and spreading, to be used with caution in the border".

                                                                                            Coreopsis rosea:  rose-pink Tickseed, Pink Coreopsis

                                                                                              with:  Artemisia 'Silver Brocade'
                                                                                                near:  Rudbeckia purpurea
                                                                                                  groundcover with:  Lilium (when grown near border front)
                                                                                                For different effects in the garden, try the forms that follow. And read the information included to help you grow them well.

                                                                                              • Coreopsis as edgers
                                                                                              • orange Coreopsis
                                                                                              • yellow Coreopsis



                                                                                              • DIANTHUS

                                                                                                All but the alpine forms of Pinks need division every 2 years to ensure vigour. Check out the plant tables at garden nurseries while these beauties are in bloom to see which ones you absolutely must add to your gardens. There will be many.

                                                                                                Dianthus:  pink forms

                                                                                                There are many other colour forms and uses for Dianthus. Follow the links below for additional information about growing Pinks, and wonderful companionship ideas to try.

                                                                                              • edging Dianthus
                                                                                              • red Dianthus
                                                                                              • silver foliage Dianthus
                                                                                              • white Dianthus
                                                                                              • yellow Dianthus



                                                                                              • DICENTRA

                                                                                                Pendent flowers are the hallmark of the Bleeding Hearts. Give them semi-shade and humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. Divide in very early spring.

                                                                                                Dicentra:  pink or red forms

                                                                                                More Bleeding Heart forms are below.

                                                                                              • Bleeding Hearts for shade
                                                                                              • white Bleeding Hearts



                                                                                              • DIGITALIS

                                                                                                Some Foxgloves are biennial, others are perennial. All produce flower spikes for summer bloom. Although they will grow in a variety of situation and soil types, they do best in semi-shade with moist, well-drained soil.

                                                                                                Digitalis x mertonensis:  Strawberry Pink Foxglove

                                                                                                  where:  mid-rear border position, massed along wall or fence
                                                                                                    with:  flowering shrubs, ferns, Ornamental Grasses
                                                                                                  Digitalis purpurea:  Common Foxglove, a self-seeding Biennial
                                                                                                    Digitalis - pink Foxglove
                                                                                                    with:  Hemerocallis
                                                                                                      tall forms with:  Aruncus dioicus, Cimicifuga, Yucca, Anemone sylvestris
                                                                                                    Interesting Foxgloves of other colours are below.

                                                                                                  • white Foxgloves
                                                                                                  • yellow Foxgloves



                                                                                                  • DODECATHEON

                                                                                                    Spring to summer blooming, the Shooting Star should be planted where its distinctive small flowers can be easily seen. Mark the site well as this native North American wildflower goes dormant after bloom. A spot in full sun to part shade with rich, moist soil is ideal.

                                                                                                    Dodecatheon meadia:  Shooting Star, a pink form

                                                                                                    Whether its flower is white or pink, the Dodecatheon is a wonderful addition you need to make to your garden soon. Follow the link below for more care suggestions and wonderful companions.

                                                                                                  • Shooting Star in the shade



                                                                                                  • ECHINACEA

                                                                                                    In spite of its name, the native North American wildflower known as Purple Coneflower blooms more pink than purple in colour. The ray florets and central disk florets appear in early to mid-summer and will bloom sporadically to early fall if kept dead-headed. Full sun and average, well-drained soil will ensure success.

                                                                                                    Echinacea purpurea 'Bright Star':  rose-pink, flat flower heads

                                                                                                    Try adding more Purple Coneflowers to your garden soon. More information on their care is available at the links below.

                                                                                                  • numerous Purple Coneflowers
                                                                                                  • white Purple Coneflowers



                                                                                                  • EUPATORIUM

                                                                                                    A native wildflower, this perennial sometimes called Bone-Set and Joe-Pye Weed has small and fuzzy flowers growing in round clusters in summer and fall. A moist to wet site is ideal but these perennials will tolerate drier soil, especially if it is rich in nutrients. Division on a regular basis is not required.

                                                                                                    Eupatorium fistulosum:  Zone 4, dusty-rose

                                                                                                      with:  Artemisia 'Silver King' & Ceratostigma plumbaginoides



                                                                                                    FILIPENDULA

                                                                                                    There are both tall and short Meadowsweet forms, all upright with flowers in showy clusters, sometimes described as looking like "cotton-candy". Foliage is attractive as well, even when plants are out of bloom. If your soil is evenly moist to wet, give these a try in full sun to light shade. Also perfect for pond edges.

                                                                                                    Filipendula rubra:  Queen-of-the-Prairie

                                                                                                      where:  rear border position, beside ponds
                                                                                                        with:  shrub roses, Iris, Hemerocallis, Phlox, ferns, Ornamental Grasses
                                                                                                          with:  daisies, Monarda, Campanula, Echinacea purpurea, Ornamental Grasses
                                                                                                            with:  blue Delphinium, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Tanacetum, Valeriana officianalis, Achillea
                                                                                                          Filipendula rubra 'Venusta':  Queen-of-the-Prairie, Martha Washington's Plume
                                                                                                            with:  Aconitum (violet), Monarda (pink#41;, Echinacea purpurea (white) & Phlox paniculata (cherry or magenta, but not salmon)
                                                                                                          Are you looking for another white perennial? Try the link below. Grow it well with the information provided about its preferred habitat.

                                                                                                        • white Meadowsweet forms



                                                                                                        • GERANIUM

                                                                                                          Yet another reason to like the perennial forms of Cranesbill is the wealth of flower, foliage, height and spread choices available. Ranging from 4" to 4' tall, the plants in this genus need researching to fully appreciate all the available choices for early summer bloom.

                                                                                                          Geranium:  pink & white

                                                                                                            with:  blue Iris sibirica
                                                                                                          Geranium 'John Elsley':  8", bright pink
                                                                                                            how to plant:  3 together, 18" apart
                                                                                                              with:  Lamium 'Pink Pewter' (rose-pink)
                                                                                                            Geranium cinereum 'Laurence Flatman':  deep pink with dark crimson veining
                                                                                                              Geranium cinereum 'Laurence Flatman'
                                                                                                              with:  mauve creeping thyme, Viola labridorica, Saxifraga (white) & small version of Saxifraga 'London Pride'
                                                                                                                near:  Scabiosa columbaria 'Blue Butterfly' & 'Pink Mist'
                                                                                                              Geranium endressii:  pink Endres Cranesbill (Border Type)
                                                                                                                Geranium endressii
                                                                                                                where:  front border position, walk edger, groundcover
                                                                                                                  with:  purple, white and pink forms of Digitalis, Iris x germanica (blue)
                                                                                                                Geranium endressii 'Wargrave Pink':  warm salmon-pink
                                                                                                                  combined with:  Salvia nemerosa 'Superba', Oenothera, Nepeta, Campanula, Phlox & Iris
                                                                                                                    combined with:  Geranium pratense 'Mrs. Kendall Clark' & Geranium himalayense
                                                                                                                  Geranium sanguineum striatum:  pale pink, deep rose veins, an Alpine type, 12"
                                                                                                                    formerly:  Geranium sanguineum lancastriense
                                                                                                                      where:  as a border edger
                                                                                                                        in front of:  Hosta, Hemerocallis (dwarf daylily forms) & Bergenia
                                                                                                                          in front of:  Paeonia (dark red), Iris sibirica (nearly any colour), both in front of Thalictrum aquilegiafolium
                                                                                                                        Geranium sanguineum 'Lancastriense':  Alpine
                                                                                                                          synonym:  Geranium striatum
                                                                                                                            with:  white, blue or lavender bloomers
                                                                                                                          Geranium cinereum spp. subcaulescens 'Ballerina': 6" pink, maroon veins, darker centre
                                                                                                                            with:  silver Artemisia including 'Silver Mound'
                                                                                                                              with:  mauve creeping thyme, Viola labradorica, Saxifraga (white) & small version of Saxifraga 'London Pride'
                                                                                                                                combined with:  Astrantia major, Iris sibirica 'Little White' & Heuchera 'Pluie de Feu' (cherry red)
                                                                                                                                  near:  Scabiosa columbaria 'Blue Butterfly' & 'Pink Mist'
                                                                                                                                Any of the links below will provide a wealth of ideas for planting partners for numerous forms of this wonderful plant.

                                                                                                                              • Geranium Profile
                                                                                                                              • blue perennial Geraniums
                                                                                                                              • edging Geraniums
                                                                                                                              • Geraniums for foliage effect
                                                                                                                              • perennial Geraniums for shade
                                                                                                                              • white perennial Geraniums
                                                                                                                              • Simply Special Perennials - Hardy Geranium's many forms



                                                                                                                              • GYPSOPHILA

                                                                                                                                Pink Baby's Breath? Certainly! There are pink choices in both the tall paniculata species as well as the low edging type below.

                                                                                                                                Gypsophila repens 'Rosea':  Creeping Baby's Breath

                                                                                                                                  Gypsophila repens 'Rosea'
                                                                                                                                  over:  Crocus
                                                                                                                                    between:  different Dianthus species
                                                                                                                                      in front of:  Iris x germanica (dark violet)
                                                                                                                                    White Baby's Breath forms may be the best known. But there are other types as well. Follow the links below for partnership ideas and information.

                                                                                                                                  • Baby's Breath with silver foliage
                                                                                                                                  • white-flowered Baby's Breath



                                                                                                                                  • HELIANTHEMUM

                                                                                                                                    Commonly called Sun Rose or Rock Rose, these short-statured creepers make wonderful additions at the front edge of a sunny bed where drainage is excellent. There is a wealth of colour choices including the pink form in the border around this page.

                                                                                                                                    Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink':  Sun Rose, single rose-like blooms over large, sprawling mounds of silvery foliage, 12"x18"

                                                                                                                                      Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink'
                                                                                                                                      seen in the border around this page, as well as in the image at the top of the page and directly above
                                                                                                                                        where:  edger, rock gardens, over stone walls, in containers
                                                                                                                                          with:  Allium tuberosum, Sedum spectabile ‘Carmen’, Stachys byzantina
                                                                                                                                            behind:  Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’
                                                                                                                                              in front of:  Linaria purpurea ‘Canon Went’



                                                                                                                                            HEMEROCALLIS

                                                                                                                                            The companions chosen for a daylily can greatly affect the garden picture you wish to create. Experiment by removing a single flower and walk with it around your garden. Hold it against other co-blooming perennials to see what matches or what clashes. Find a colour echo perhaps in a co-blooming plant. If you want the flower itself to predominate, hold it against various out-of-bloom perennials to see what will serve as a wonderful foil to make it stand out either for its colour, shape or texture. Or try it next to a mounding foliage plant that will contrast with the strappiness of the daylily foliage. The possibilities are endless and you'll soon know where to move a particular daylily for best effect when it comes time to divide for propagation. Be sure to make notes for future reference.

                                                                                                                                            Some of the daylilies below are Spider and Unusual Form Daylilies. Follow the link to learn more about the beautiful cultivars available in these two classes and see images that show their amazing appearance. You will also discover how to find suppliers of these classes in your area.

                                                                                                                                            Hemerocallis 'Cherry Cheeks':  raspberry-pink

                                                                                                                                              with:  white Monarda 'Snow Queen'

                                                                                                                                            Hemerocallis 'Cleopatra':  pink melon with red-purple eyezone, scape height 34", bloom 5"

                                                                                                                                              Hemerocallis 'Cleopatra' - Daylily 'Cleopatra'
                                                                                                                                                this Spider cultivar was registered in 1964, Spider Ratio 5.20:1, bloom season E

                                                                                                                                              Hemerocallis 'Enjoy':  Persian Lilac self with pale yellow throat, scape height 28", bloom 7", Reblooming & Fragrant

                                                                                                                                                Hemerocallis 'Enjoy' - Daylily 'Enjoy'
                                                                                                                                                this Unusual Form Crispate cultivar was registered in 1974, MLa bloom season

                                                                                                                                              Hemerocallis 'Lake Norman Spider':  fragrant rose-pink blend, cream green eyezone & green throat, scape height 28", bloom 8"

                                                                                                                                                Hemerocallis 'Lake Norman Spider' - Daylily 'Lake Norman Spider'
                                                                                                                                                in spite of its name, this is not a Spider daylily
                                                                                                                                                  this Unusual Form Crispate cultivar was registered in 1981, bloom season M
                                                                                                                                                Hemerocallis 'Lullaby Baby':  light pink with green throat, scape height 19", bloom 3.5", season EM
                                                                                                                                                  Hemerocallis 'Lullaby Baby' - Daylily 'Lullaby Baby'
                                                                                                                                                  this is a fragrant daylily registered in 1975

                                                                                                                                                Hemerocallis 'Pink Super Spider':  rose and pink cream blend with cream green eyezone and green throat, season M

                                                                                                                                                  Hemerocallis 'Pink Super Spider' - Daylily 'Pink Super Spider'
                                                                                                                                                  in spite of its name, this is not a Spider daylily
                                                                                                                                                    this Unusual Form Crispate cultivar was registered in 1982, height 32", bloom 10", Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid
                                                                                                                                                  Daylily choices abound. The links below contain hundreds of ideas for appropriate companion plants along with useful and interesting information about the daylily itself.

                                                                                                                                                • numerous Daylilies in a variety of colours and shapes
                                                                                                                                                • orange Daylilies
                                                                                                                                                • purple Daylilies
                                                                                                                                                • red Daylilies
                                                                                                                                                • Spider and Unusual Form Daylilies
                                                                                                                                                • white Daylilies
                                                                                                                                                • yellow Daylilies



                                                                                                                                                • HEUCHERA

                                                                                                                                                  There are Coral Bells in numerous colours today, in both flowers and foliage, including the pink forms below.

                                                                                                                                                  Heuchera: pink or red

                                                                                                                                                  Heuchera:  pink-flowered Heuchera 'Canyon Pink':  dwarf hot pink Heuchera 'Strawberry Swirl':  ice-pink flowers, ruffled foliage, 28" x 24" The links below will take you to only a fraction of the forms of Coral Bells that are available today from many plant nurseries. Learn more about this perennial from the information also provided on each page.

                                                                                                                                                • edging Coral Bells
                                                                                                                                                • Coral Bells to attract Hummingbirds
                                                                                                                                                • purple Coral Bells
                                                                                                                                                • red Coral Bells
                                                                                                                                                • silver foliage Coral Bells
                                                                                                                                                • variegated foliage Coral Bells
                                                                                                                                                • white Coral Bells



                                                                                                                                                • x HEUCHERELLA

                                                                                                                                                  The best of the foliage of the Tiarella genus crossed with the best of the flowers of the Heuchera genus produced the beautiful Foamy Bells. Perfect for full sun to woodland shade conditions, it does best in rich and moist but well-drained soil.

                                                                                                                                                  x Heucherella alba 'Bridget Bloom':  Foamy Bells, shell pink (a light pink)

                                                                                                                                                  Don't be afraid to try something new. If you don't have any of these yet, follow the link below for ideas of which ones will add charm to your shady garden areas.

                                                                                                                                                • shade-loving Foamy Bells
                                                                                                                                                • Foamy Bells with variegated foliage



                                                                                                                                                • HYACINTHUS

                                                                                                                                                  Fragrant and floriferous, the wonderful Hyacinth should be in every garden. More pricey thn many other spring-blooming bulbs, it is well worth the extra cost. By choosing early, mid-season and late-blooming types you can ensure prolonged enjoyment of both single and double-flowered forms. Plant in fall in full to part sun, 5" deep and 2" apart.

                                                                                                                                                  Hyacinthus:  pink & blue forms

                                                                                                                                                    with:  Narcissus (yellow & cream-coloured), Iberis sempervirens
                                                                                                                                                  Hyacinthus 'Hollyhock':  compact, deep pink
                                                                                                                                                    with:  Anemone blanda 'White Splendor'
                                                                                                                                                  Have a look at many more wonderful Hyacinth cultivars by following the link below.

                                                                                                                                                • various Hyacinths



                                                                                                                                                • KOLKWITZIA

                                                                                                                                                  The common name says it all - Beauty Bush. If you want to make your neighbours and passers-by take notice, plant this wonderful deciduous arching shrub to your property. In full sun and fertile, well-drained soil, it will grow to its potential 10' by 10' size. In late spring to early summer you can enjoy its bell-shaped pinkish flowers with yellow centers.

                                                                                                                                                  Kolkwitzia amabilis:  Beauty Bush

                                                                                                                                                    with:  annual sweet peas, autumn-flowering Clematis (to grow through)
                                                                                                                                                      echo behind:  Paeonia (same pink as throat of shrub)
                                                                                                                                                        underplant with:  Erythronium, Scilla, Chionodoxa



                                                                                                                                                      LAMIUM

                                                                                                                                                      A nearly perfect groundcover for shade, Dead Nettle has foliage in various shades of green with and without silver markings in a variety of patterns. Spring-blooming flowers are numerous. There is even sporadic bloom until late in the fall. Shear plants after bloom for compactness.

                                                                                                                                                      Lamium maculatum 'Beacon Silver':  pink form of 'White Nancy'

                                                                                                                                                      Lamium maculatum 'Shell Pink':  soft pink flowers, to 6" tall Try any of the infinite variety of forms available.

                                                                                                                                                    • Dead Nettle for shade
                                                                                                                                                    • Dead Nettle with silver foliage
                                                                                                                                                    • white Dead Nettle
                                                                                                                                                    • Dead Nettle with variegated foliage



                                                                                                                                                    • LAVATERA

                                                                                                                                                      If you like Hollyhocks or Rose-of-Sharon to which it is similar, you will certainly welcome this beauty to your gardens. Constant bloom and sparkling colour are highlights of this warm-weather or tender annual.

                                                                                                                                                      Lavatera:  pink

                                                                                                                                                        Lavatera - a pink form
                                                                                                                                                        lovely in the image above with a blue cornflower
                                                                                                                                                      Lavatera 'Rosea':  pink
                                                                                                                                                        with:  blue New England or New York Asters and Aster x frikartii (also blue)



                                                                                                                                                      LILIUM

                                                                                                                                                      Lilies are avilable in a seemingly unlimited variety of types, heights, shapes, colours and bloom times. Late fall is the time to propagate by division.

                                                                                                                                                      Lilium:  

                                                                                                                                                        pink Lily - an unidentified cultivar
                                                                                                                                                        the unidentified cultivar above is a Pepto-Bismol pink colour that adds a wonderful accent to the garden
                                                                                                                                                      Lilium 'Montreux':  dusky rose Hybrid Asiatic Lily
                                                                                                                                                        with:  every colour imaginable
                                                                                                                                                          with:  Lilium 'Apollo'
                                                                                                                                                        Lilium 'Trance':  Oriental Lily, pink with a trace of blue
                                                                                                                                                          with:  Perovskia atriplicifolia
                                                                                                                                                        Any of the ideas at the following links will help you find the perfect partners for your Lilies and grow them well.

                                                                                                                                                      • orange Lilies
                                                                                                                                                      • red Lilies
                                                                                                                                                      • white Lilies
                                                                                                                                                      • yellow Lilies

                                                                                                                                                      • FOR MORE PINK PERENNIALS & THEIR COMPANIONS, FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW.


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