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Colour - Pink

Be daring – use pink


This colour can sometimes be hard to incorporate into a garden, although some garden designers see pink as a pliable colour that can compliment various themes and emotions within the garden.


Pale pink is commonly regarded as a romantic colour, well suited to blending with pastels, white and even creamy yellows. The subtlety of pale pink does not tend to overpower a colour scheme yet offers sufficient contrast to avoid monotony of other colours within a landscape.


Hot pink however is reserved for more daring landscapes. A designer may utilise hot pink for passionate and fun loving clients, or where a feature wall is needed in an otherwise drab setting.


It does well splashed throughout a garden full of red and white blooms.


Generally speaking pink is regarded as a warm colour. It inspires happiness and activity.


The colour can be introduced with vibrant pigments in paint applied onto walls, or through use of pavers and stones, with their full range of tints and tones.  Pink can also be introduced into the landscape with furnishings such as cushions, table clothes, banners and ornaments.


Pink in relation to garden plants can be achieved with foliage and flowers. There are some plants with pink foliage while others produce pink flowers.


Pink foliage:

Alternanthera ‘Fire Bug’ & ‘Island Sunset’

Barleria ‘Purple Gem’

Breynia nivosa Rosea (confetti bush)

Cordyline fruticosa cultivars – eg. 'Pink Diamond'

Graptophyllum pictum (caricature plant)

Hypoestes phyllostachya (polka dot plant)

Syzygium – new growth flush occurs on most species


Pink flowering plants:

Calodendron capense (cape chestnut)

Elaeocarpus reticulatus ‘Prima Donna’

Eucalyptus ‘Pink Beauty’

Grevillea ‘Pink Surprise’, ‘Elegance’

Ixora ‘Pink Malay’

Justicia carnea (Brazilian plume)

Lagunaria patersonii (Norfolk Island Hibsicus)

Mandevillea ‘Alice Du Pont’ (Chilean jasmine)

Pandorea jasminoides


Rhaphiolepis ‘Apple Blossom’

Roses – many cultivars to choose from


Additional pink can be added with short lived annuals and perennials:

  • Begonia
  • Celosia
  • Impatients
  • Petunia
  • Portulaca
  • Zinnias


With so many bold colours in a typical subtropical garden to choose from such as red and yellow, it is sometimes effective to have the soft pastel pink in the garden to bring an element of interest and a touch of femininity into the space.


Pink has a place in the garden just as any other colour. A designer’s trained eye will effectively use the right intensity for the garden, meeting the needs of the client.

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