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Pink, a Tint of Red

plate 20a
Plate 20a. Pink Phlox with Good Companions
1. Phlox Caroline Vandenburg  5. Eryngium amethystinum
2. Phlox Columbia 6. Zinnia Canary Gem
3. Phlox Mary Louise 7. Snapdragon Daintiness
4. Phlox Daily Sketch  

Here is a "color" that is not a primary, as is sometimes supposed, but a tint of red that varies according to the amount of white it contains. There are deep strong pinks (rose), or pale weak ones. This popular color is not strong enough to be used alone in a garden. It washes out under sunlight. During the period of monochromatic schemes, the pink garden was rarely a success because a dark green background of foliage, a lighter yellow-green foreground of grass, and the changing sky depleted this tint of weak chroma. Yet pink in all its variations appeals to the hybridizer, so there is a wealth of pink flowers, and these are important to succession. (Plate 20a.)

Pink with white appears stronger. Some very clear pinks can be used with cold lavender (a tint of blue-violet), and with pale yellow, but pinks should not be used with strong blues. The most pleasing combinations result when colors of the same chroma are used together, thus pink goes with tints better than with median hues or shades.

plate 20b
Plate 20b. Composition with Pink as Dominant Color
1. Arabis alpina 7. Dianthus barbatus Newport Pink
2. Myosotis alpestris 8. Phlox Columbia
3. Tulip Clara Butt 9. Phlox Pinkette
4. Tulip Clematis 10. Althea rosea
5. Paeonia Albert Crousse 11. Delphinium Sir Galahad Series
6. Iris germanica China Maid  

PINK IN COMBINATIONS

Use rose-pink with deeper reds of the same tone, combined with white. Example: various peonies or roses.

Use rose-pink of all tones together with or without white. Example: China asters and Sweet William.

Use clear rose-pink with cold lavender, pale, creamy yellow, or pale blue, or all together. Example: various iris and tulips.

Use soft, creamy pinks with soft creamy yellows and white. Example: various annual phlox.

Use flame-pink with coldest gray-blue, creamy white, or both. Deep green or gray-green foliage helps this combination. (Plate 20b.)

PINK FLOWERS

SPRING

Low:

Armeria maritima
Aster alpinus ruber
Bellis perennis
Lychnis alpina

Medium:

Anemone sylvestris
Armeria Wayside hybrids
Aquilegia Giant pink hybrids
Rose Queen
Dicentra spectabilis
Iris germanica Angelus
China Maid
Flora Zenor
Mary Geddes
Paeonia officinalis Ama-No-Sode
Autens Pride
Blanche King
Kelways Queen
L'Etincelante
suffruticosa Regina Belgica
Reine Elizabeth

Bulbs:

Chiondoxa luciliae rosea
Hyacinth Lady Derby
Narcissus Mrs. R. O. Backhouse
Narcissus Pink Fancy
Pink Glory
Pink Select
Tulip Adoration
Caroline Testout
Deborah
Good Gracious
Pride of Zwanenburg
Rosabella

Shrubs:

Azalea kaempferi Carmen
Fedora
schlippenbachi
Cornus florida Pinkflowered
Crataegus oxycantha Doublepink
Singlepink
Malus floribunda
Viburnum carlesi

SUMMER

Low:

Aethionema grandiflorum
Aster dumosus Lady Henry Maddocks
Dianthus caryophyllus Cynthia
Lucia
barbatus Newport Pink
latifolius Beatrice
plumarius Essex Witch
Old Spice
Heuchera Rosamundi

Medium:

Astilbe Peachblossom
Campanula medium
Chrysanthemum coccinea Eileen May Robinson
Miami Queen
Dictamnus (caucasicus) Giant
Gypsophila repens Rosy Veil
Iris kaempferi Pink Pearl
Lilium speciosum magnificum
rubrum
Lupinus roseus
Lycoris squamigera
Lythrum superbum Mordens Pink
Monarda didyma Croftway Pink
Papaver orientale Enchantress
May Sadler
Pentstemon barbatus Rose Elf
Phlox paniculata Columbia
Daily Sketch
Pinkette
Verbascum Pink Domino

Tall:

Althea rosea
Digitalis purpurea Rose
Hibiscus palustris (moscheutos)

Shrubs:

Hibiscus syriacus
Robinia hispida
Weigela florida

FALL

Low:

Aster Constance
Countess Dudley
Chrysanthemum Major Cushion
Pink Cushion
Doc

Medium:

Anemone japonica Alice
Queen Charlotte
September Charm
Aster Little Red Boy
Chrysanthemum Ashes of Roses
Barbara Small
Early Wonder
Pink Radiance
Rosita

Tall:

Aster Prosperity
Survivor (novae-angliae)
Eremurus Rosalind
robustus

Shrubs:

Lespedeza thunbergi (formosa)
 

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