It’s late winter and I’m enjoying how many pink flowering shrubs are alive and vibrant right now!
← For the dry garden it’s all about manzanita (Arctostaphylos), with their waxy light pink, delicate bell flowers that are not very showy, but subtle & sweet. This photo, belongs in a bigger context with the dry garden companion plants it lives next to like trailing rosemary, with blue flowers (sorry not pink) and ornamental grasses, like stipa and festucas.
But, pink is abound with shrubs like camellias, which is a staple, and a clean evergreen shrub in Northern California gardens. The pink is very eye candy, especially the unique mottled one I saw at the Japanese tea gardens last week. ↓
There were also pink azaleas blooming. Though I thought the red flowering groupings were a little more striking, don’t you. Pop! ↓
←Another one, currant (Ribes sanguinium glutinosum) has a nice pendulous pink flower, and in this one a fresh set of leaves recently re emerged, adding a little bit of contrast. It is a deciduous shrub, hardy to 0 to 5 degrees, and thrives in sun or shade in coastal California areas; part shade inlands.
Cestrum elegans is a nice arching pink flowering shrub that grows to about 8 to 10 feet tall. →
Now it may be that you would call this rhododendron purple and not pink…But, I liked it anyway and thought it was a close fit. Besides, it is in bloom right now, and there are many colors and sizes you can choose from. ↓
Here is a very large pink rhododendron as well…also in bloom.:-) ↓
← Australian fuschias (Correa) are wonderful unsung garden heroes! They are evergreen, with nice hanging bell shaped (don’t call them fuschia for nothing. lol) flowers from fall to spring. Useful in sun or part shade, and a great plant choice for dry shade, like planting under oaks. This Australian fuschia (Correa schlechtandalii) has small grey green leaves with blossoms that are rose pink with chartreuse tips.
What do you think about pink flowering shrubs? Any blooming in your garden right now? Care to share..?