Pink-Flowered Perennials VI

gaurapassionateblush (300x299)Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (syn. Oenothera lindheimeri ‘SME-2′) – An improved Butterfly Gaura with a dense, compact growth habit and a floriferous nature. It bears soft pink flowers from early summer through to fall over red-tinted new growth. Prefers a full sun exposure with adequate soil drainage. Attracts butterflies. Grows 18″ high by 20″ wide. Hardy to zone 7.

digitalisapricot (300x298)Digitalis purpurea ‘Apricot Beauty’ – Like most Foxgloves this short lived perennial produces foliage in its first year and flowers the next, then self-seeds and dies. ‘Apricot Beauty’  bears stately spires of apricot-pink blooms with pink spotting. It is a classic cottage garden flower that also doubles as a deer resistant plant. Grows 3-4′ high by 18-24″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

cosmosflamingo (300x278)Cosmos peucedanifolius ‘Flamingo’ – A hardy Cosmos which comes from high elevations (8000′) in northern Argentina. It prefers our cooler coastal summers and bears 3″ wide silvery-pink daisies accented with a contrasting golden eye in spring and early summer. These are borne over deep green cutleaf foliage. Grows 15″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 7.

lychnisfloscunana (300x298)Lychnis flos-cuculi ‘Nana’ – A rare compact Campion nicknamed Dwarf Ragged Robin with fringed pale pink blooms borne on short stems in early summer. It would be an excellent addition to any Alpine garden as the glossy green foliage forms a ground-hugging mound. Requires evenly moist soils in a part to full sun exposure. Grows 3-6″ high by 4-7′” wide. Hardy to zone 4.

incarvilleadiffusa (300x296)Incarvillea arguta (syn. Incarvillea diffusa, Amphicome arguta) – The Himalayan Hardy Gloxinia is a native of Nepal and China, producing near white to pink tubular flowers from July through to September. It grows in well-drained alkaline to neutral soils in the wild but appears to adapt to a lightly acidic pH. Prune back in early spring. Grows 3′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 8.

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