Pink-Flowered Perennials IV

fuchsiaerecta (300x297)Fuchsia x hybrida ‘Erecta’ (syn. ‘Erecta Novelty’) – An unusual hardy fuchsia with upward facing pink and white blooms from early summer through to fall. This one will definitely attract the hummingbirds and is best placed in a part shade exposure. Leave intact over winter and prune back in spring when the new growth emerges. Grows 3′ high by 2′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

echingreenwithenvy (300x294)Echinacea purpurea ‘Green With Envy’ – Truly an oddity among Echinaceas, this Purple Coneflower features large 5″ wide blooms of pink petals with lime green tips and a prominent orange cone. These make an eye-catching cut flower which is readily available from June through to September. Best grown in full sun. Attracts butterflies. Grows 24-36″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 4.

rodgersiaideal (300x296)Rodgersia ‘Ideal’ – A bold architectural perennial for shade to part shade with large Horse Chestnut-like leaves that emerge red, shift to green with red edges in summer and turn red again in autumn. The foliage is held on rose-tinted stems with two-tone pink flowers emerging above the leaves from late June to August. Prefers even soil moisture. Grows 3-4′ high and wide. Zone 5.

centaureacaramia (300x289)Centaurea ‘Cara Mia’ (syn. ‘Caramia’) – A long-blooming sun-loving perennial with thistle-like fringed pink flowers (emerging from blackish-brown buds) borne from late May to September, when deadheaded. ‘Cara Mia’ requires sharp soil drainage to overwinter in coastal BC. Will definitely attract bumblebees. Grows 24″ high by 12-24″ wide. Zone 3.

dictamusalbusvarroseus (300x291)Dictamus albus var. roseus (syn. Dictamus fraxinella) – This light pink flowered form (with purplish stripes) of Gas Plant is a rarity but well worth seeking out. The pungent blooms give off a volatile oil that can actually be ignited on warm windless days. It is a long-lived perennial that resents being transplanted and prefers full sun. Grows 16-30″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.

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