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Let's see the world through pink ... flowers

Or at least let's create this pink world in our garden. Pink is the color of romantics, it gives hope and joy, adjusts to spiritual harmony with the outside world, calms, creates a feeling of comfort.

The influence of color on the psychological state of a person has been known since time immemorial. In a crisis, pink can help bring back the hope that all the best and most joyful lies ahead.

Many artists have created amazing, unforgettable gardens with their own hands, which have become living works of art. Perhaps the most famous is the impressionist painter Claude Monet's garden at Giverny.

The master chose the plants himself and in such a way that every season of the year the garden would dress in its unique color. The result is an amazing combination of fruit trees and many flowers with a rich palette of colors. Thanks to this garden, many paintings have appeared.


Our garden plots were originally intended for fruit, berry, vegetable and flower plants. In recent years, more and more gardeners prefer the decorative style, and each of us may well create our own pink corner in the common multifunctional garden, where this particular color will dominate throughout the season.

Some blotches of white flowers will emphasize the tenderness and grace of the main color. To make the colored "strokes" brighter and more expressive, it is necessary to plant several specimens of each species or variety, usually 3-5, and ground cover and bulbous - more. At the same time, the height of plants is taken into account, placing low-growing plants in the foreground, medium-sized plants in the second, and tall ones in the background.

It is important to arrange and arrange the plants according to their requirements for growing conditions: light, moisture, soil. When flowers are in "their" places, they feel great, bloom profusely, and it is more convenient to care for them. When planting perennials, it is reasonable and economical to use a long-acting complex fertilizer (a pinch of crystals is enough to feed an average plant for 2-3 years). You only need the usual spring feeding for all garden plants.

Pink flowers of various shades will harmoniously combine with flowering fruit trees, especially with pink-flowered apple varieties - hybrids from apple trees of Nedzwiecki.

Under the bushes of wildly blooming lilacs of all shades of lilac-pink, white and purple, you can place border from delicate pink daisies and primroses of various types and varieties of pink colors: common, toothed (denticulate), Julia's primrose with flowers of intense purple-pink color. Interesting new varieties of primrose auricula with bell-shaped flowers, reminiscent of gloxinia: they are decorated with a white border and the same pharynx.

Multi-tiered inflorescences have primroses Japanese, Florinda. One of the last to bloom is Siebold's primrose with umbrellas of lilac-pink fragrant flowers, similar to phlox. For primroses and daisies, semi-shady places with moist fertile soil are suitable. These plants reproduce easily by dividing the bushes into separate rosettes, and this should be done as the clumps grow. They can be transplanted throughout the season, even during flowering.

Among the light-loving ground cover species, the subulate phlox, obrietia, have pink, lilac flowers. Armeria seaside from compact outlets throws out low peduncles with capitate bright pink inflorescences. Flowering occurs from late spring to early summer.


Among stonecrops there are species with white and pink flowers and even leaves that create dense colored rugs or pillows in rocky areas. These species need light, neutral, well-drained soil and minimal long-term fertilization.

As for bulbous crops, now it is not difficult to find any palette of magnificent hyacinths, tulips, muscari, including pink, of all kinds of shades and shapes of flowers. In a transparent shadow lungwort sugar will change the color of pink, purple and blue flowers on one inflorescence, moreover, its matte leaves are noticeably distinguished by small white "splashes" among the general greenery.

Dicenters beautiful and exceptional bloom with bizarre pink, lilac flowers from late May to autumn. The exquisite gorgeous dicentra, better known in everyday life as the "broken heart", already in May scatters its elegant thin branches, strewn with heart-shaped flowers with a white "tear". All dicenters have elegant grayish-bluish leaves with carved plates.

At the very end of May, the "savages" take over the flowering race, who feel great in the garden and fill the pause before the peonies bloom. This is a dioecious smooch, blooming violently with bright pink numerous flowers for almost two months!

Swamp, forest, meadow geraniums with carved leaves on long stalks embody the fairy tale of a scarlet flower in reality. River Gravilat sets off bright pink colors with muted brownish-purple and warm pink tones, towering above the matte foliage with lantern flowers looking down.

Blooms in early June aquilegia, which surprises with an incredible number of varieties of any color, including shades of pink. The size of its two- and three-color hybrid flowers is almost twice as large as usual, and the shape of the double flowers is more reminiscent of fashionable fluffy skirts with sharp fancy edges. Aquilegia have such a rich palette of colors that with their help you can easily move on to creating corners of lilac, blue and purple in many subtle shades.

In addition, their leaves, carved with a wax bloom, collecting droplets of crystal clear water after rain or dew, unusually decorate the flower garden throughout the season (you just need to remember to cut off the fading heads). In June, a pink-lilac cloud of small fluffy flowers blooms basil aquifer. In terms of size, leaf shape and requirements for growing conditions, it is very similar to aquilegia (catchment). These species love partial shade, moist nutritious soils, as well as astilbe, which begin to bloom in July.

Read the next part. A garden in pink from spring to autumn →

Elena Kuzmina


Collect all materials

Find a suitable container or pot. You can create your garden in a variety of containers, from a glass bowl to a plastic pot. The container should have holes at the bottom so that the water can drain into the soil. It is best to use a terracotta pot for a mini-garden.

Find soil and small stones

You can find potting soil at a specialist gardening store. You should choose small stones of different colors and textures for decoration.

Finally, you must choose the plants that will grow in your mini garden. When it comes to plant selection, go for small plants that stay small. You should also choose plants that are easy to grow in a small space and that will delight you with their flowering as they grow.

Place soil and plants

Place the soil in an even layer in the pot. Use a small knife or small spatula to dig a place for the plant roots. Arrange the plants so that it doesn't look like a congestion area.
If you are using a glass container for your mini garden, place the small stones first and then the soil.

Prepare your plants for planting

Use garden shears if necessary to trim off damaged plant leaves.

Place the plants in the soil

Make sure the roots are moist enough. When the plants are placed in the soil, cover the roots.

Add embellishments

Find miniature accessories. You can get creative. Almost anything can be used as decorations for your garden. You can also make a painting or a scene from a variety of miniature figurines. Or you can just take pieces of wood or marble.

Try experimenting with your garden design. Combine different options and decide what works best.

Add a stone path

Find small stones, put them in a beautiful path and create a colorful atmosphere.

Mini garden care

Keep your garden in a place where sunlight hits. Place it on a flat spot, on a windowsill, on a shelf, or maybe on the ground.

Water the plants whenever the soil becomes dry. You should always check the soil for moisture.

Depending on the type of plant, some will need to be watered more often than others. Make sure you strictly follow the instructions for watering your plants.

If necessary and as the plants grow, trim off unwanted leaves with a garden shears.


The optimism of the orange garden

Orange is associated with sunshine, warmth and a sense of celebration.

A garden in such rich colors will add light and color to every corner of the infield. It is believed that this color stimulates mental activity, heals depression and even stimulates the digestive system. However, excessive exposure to the orange flower garden can lead to insomnia and headaches. We recommend reading the article on the prairie garden.

To create an orange mood garden, the following tips for choosing and placing plants in the area allocated for them may come in handy:

  1. To decorate flower beds, flower beds, a rock garden, a gazebo and a mixborder, you should choose plants not only with orange color, but also with shades of yellow. With the correct placement of plants, you can achieve a golden overflow effect.
  2. Interspersed with purple and deep blue colors will emphasize the luxury of yellow-orange shades. In doing so, care must be taken that the orange color is not overpowered by its floral companion.
  3. To create an orange garden, lilies, decorative varieties of calendula, marigold, sandersonia, escholzia, iris, as well as daylily and luxuriantly blooming rose varieties of fiery shades are perfect.
  4. To decorate the gazebo, you can use nasturtium planted in an elegant flower pot.
  5. The rock garden will be decorated with unpretentious rock alyssum and lush vinidium, and fragrant marigolds are often used to decorate the borders in orange gardens.
  6. In autumn, such garden compositions will be decorated with a variety of shrubs and trees, crowned with a crown of glowing foliage.

I'll start sharing my thoughts.
I do not have any academic or practical knowledge of landscape design, horticulture or floriculture. I have only an art education and two years of searching and reviewing material on the topic of monochrome gardens. Therefore, I apologize in advance for possible mistakes, everything written below is just my opinion, not a dissertation

The second summer in my garden is coming to an end and I already have something to say. I want to talk about color. About white in the garden.

First of all, we must remember that by saying “white”, a person can mean very different colors. Each of us has a different perception of color, and you will not specify it every time, painting all the shades and tones. Even such a seemingly "indisputable" color as white can be anything: milky, porcelain, grayish, cold and warm, transparent and dense, with yellowness and glare. Especially when it comes to living plants, there is no such color as white.

White flowers have bright orange anthers, the petals may have purple veins, the pistil may be green, for example, and so on. And if a single flower is identified by us as white, then a large curtain, a bush, can clearly lead to one or another shade. For example, a clearing of white crocuses with a yellow eye will clearly lead the general color perception to yellow and, most likely, will not make friends, for example, with a bluish juniper.

I would conventionally divide flowers and plants traditionally used to create a white flower garden into three groups: warm, cold and green

Warm - these are flowers with yellow, orange "details". Lemon yellow - cold - is quite rare. This also includes plants with milky, beige inflorescences.

Cold - with pink and blue hues. This group also includes plants with gray, bluish and silvery foliage or needles.

Green is green. There are now many varieties with green flowers. They usually have more or less white. For example, phlox "GreenExpectations", rose "GreenIce" and so on. In the same group I will include plants with variegated foliage. All of them can be both cold and warm. For example, hosts are perfect: examples with bluish or bright white spots will help create a composition in a cold scale, with yellow ones - they will be partners for "warm" ones.

On the one hand, there is a rule that warm and cold do not interfere. On the other hand, it is known that the rules can and should be broken for an outstanding result. But in order to break the rules, you need to know them. I'm still learning the rules so that I would be happy to break them later.

A few examples:

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In the first photo, tulips with a warm herbal hue clearly stand out from the general range. But because of their shape, elevation above the flower garden, they solo and work in contrast with the overall cold scale.

In the second photo, the overall gamut is again cold, but we see two large yellow warm spots on either side of the path. My eye personally identifies this as a "bug" in the system.

It is imperative to mention the inanimate elements of the garden. Their color also takes part in the game. Garden furniture, gazebos, fencing, the color of gravel or tiles can play an important role.

See how a gray stone teamed with yew and “cold” gravel balances out the grassy “warm” greens of hydrangea and fern. If there were brick-colored tiles and a wooden fence, the yew would be sad and lonely.

Thus, the gray-violet gazebo will play with lavender or seaside cineraria and blue spruce, and the light tree of the shop will support the bright suns of the daisies.

The "White Garden" of Andre Citroën's Park in Paris is surrounded by high blank white walls, and paths and white sand areas are laid in the garden itself. I think this creates the perfect clean backdrop for plants.

By the way, in the "Black Garden" of the same park, black marble is used in abundance and the garden is really black, although everyone knows that black flowers do not exist.

We think that by excluding color from the task, that is, by deciding to create a monochrome flower garden, we have simplified our task. But no. But this is even more interesting!

I hope you found it interesting and useful!
For information: the text is all mine. links to sources of images under the photographs.


How to create a rustic garden with your own hands?

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Rustic style (country) implies the creation of a garden in a rural spirit. And for this role, annuals and biennials are ideal. Here are some tips on how to combine the basic elements of a country-style garden.

To make such a flower garden in your summer cottage with your own hands, you need:

  • simulate natural lawns with field plants
  • combine flower and fruit crops into one composition
  • use handicrafts and figurines made of wood, stone or clay, in the form of birds, pets and mythological creatures
  • place birdhouses and bird feeders, wooden benches, fences and wattle fence, as well as village pots and cast iron.

From flower cultures, preference should be given to summer plants, because they are picky, they look natural and familiar, as if they grew up in the garden themselves. The color scheme of the country style should be dominated by bright and expressive shades: white, light green, yellow, red, orange, pink, purple, etc.


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