|Digitalis in shade|
Here are a couple of examples of nails-on-the-chalkboard yellow and pink combinations.
|Sorry about the quality of this one. I took it in the middle of the day with my phone.|
So why is the top image pleasing, and the next two irritating? It's that clash of values. A strong yellow just doesn't work with pink, especially bright pink. In the shot of the foxgloves (Digitalis), the yellow is soft and pale and the pink is purpled. That brings up another aspect of dealing with pink: it can be warm or cool and they should never be mixed. Many a gardener has been brought up short when a plant they planned for a perfect color composition blooms for the first time in the wrong temperature of pink. To clarify the difference between warm and cool pinks, consider the following:
|Heuchera 'Vesuvius' and Diascia|
|Please, don't try this at home.|
Now lets try it with a cool pure pink.
So what does work? How about this?
Now, lets have some real fun, Christopher Lloyd style.
The actual combination I have in my garden is with the chartreuse of Alchemilla.
|Phlox maculata with Alchemilla serrata 'Gold Strike'|
Pink also pairs well with purple.
My favorite pink combination is exemplified by Dianthus 'Cranberry Ice'.
|Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon' and 'Comtesse de Bouchaud'|
What combinations with pink have you found attractive?
Part I: Yellow