Think Pink!

The weather seems to have definitely broken in latter days: rain, grey skies and the temperature has dropped down to 15°C. Finally I can smell the scents in my garden again. I’m not really a pink lover but pink happens very easily in flowers…

Eupatorium atropurpureum, panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moundry’ and gaura lindheimeri

Eupatorium atropurpureum, panicum virgatum ‘Heavy Metal’, echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Moundry’ and gaura lindheimeri

Eupatorium Atropurpureum is actually the tallest perennial in the grasses garden. Its pink is rather shocking, as much as its sweet wild scent.

Eupatorium attracts bees, butterflies and many other little bugs

Eupatorium attracts bees, butterflies and many other little bugs

Eupatorium atropurpureum with miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferne Osten’

Eupatorium atropurpureum with miscanthus sinensis ‘Ferne Osten’

This tall perennial gives its best after the second year, when it really starts thriving. I’ve planted a couple of plants in the very middle of the main bed of the Grasses Garden last year and I’ve added a third plant last spring. This latter is rather small but it happens to match with echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinzwerg’ and panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ with its purple pinkish blades.

Again a smaller eupatorium atropurpureum, echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinzwerg’ and panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Again a smaller eupatorium atropurpureum, echinacea purpurea ‘Rubinzwerg’ and panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’

Meanwhile the taller ones match with the panicum tiny flowers

eupatorium atropurpureum, panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ and calamagristis ‘Stricta’

eupatorium atropurpureum, panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’ and calamagristis ‘Stricta’

Not so far the chletra alnifolia came into bloom for the first time. Its scent is similar to those of springs bulbs. The pink here has some orange tinge in it.

Clethra alnifolia 'Rosea'

Clethra alnifolia 'Rosea'

Miscanthus purpurascens is popping up its pinkish rope-coloured blooms. They will curl and flourish in a shiny shade of white in a few weeks.

Miscanthus purpurascens, rudbekia triloba on the right and veronicastrum on the left

Miscanthus purpurascens, rudbekia triloba on the right and veronicastrum on the left

Veronicastrum is sweet scented too. It is white but there’s some pink here and there too. It attracts fat furry hungry bees.

Veronicastrum

Veronicastrum

Isn’t pink just the mix between white and red?

Isn’t pink just the mix between white and red?

And talking about colour... this grasshopper plays with it to hide...

And talking about colour... this grasshopper plays with it to hide...

to be continued…

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4 thoughts on “Think Pink!

  1. Pretty! And your plants are clearly ahead of the ones here. The clethra, gaura and and even the echinacea. I like the Veronicastrum– will have to read more about it. I think soft pinks are best, almost white. Nice work Alberto!

    • Thanks Linnie. I love veronicastrums. Last year I planted 3 small plants of ‘Fascination’ and a bigger one of this Alba form. They say veronicastrum is slow to establish but very reliable. I think it’s very reliable and not that slow to establish, all the plants have doubled in one year. ‘Fascination’ is an earlier flowerer and the white one is very perfumed (the sweet scent like Albizia julibrissin). I really recommend you to give a try.

  2. I love the profusion of flowering plants and grasses in your garden. It looks lush and peaceful, I wish I could take a stroll…

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