Fine Foliage Fusion

It’s going to be a stunning spring day here in the Pacific Northwest and I’m thinking about shade combinations with pink foliage. All of these plants are on my back porch waiting for their starring role in my client’s landscapes and containers for the summer.

Obviously, there are still more choices to add to this for more contrast, but I wanted to focus on some of the amazing foliage at my fingertips today in this slim color profile. There’s an unending number of coleus and caladium options that I can add in here too, just too many to share today. What other pink foliage can you think of for a shade garden or container?

As I get ready to run out the door to get working, I hope you enjoy a quick little tour of the pink display I’m enjoying right outside my window until they get installed!

Cordyline fruticosa

Variegated Fuchsia Magellanica

Rex Begonia

Heuchera ‘Berry Smoothie’

Hypoestes (Polka Dot plant)

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Fittonia ‘Pink Angel’

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Fittonia ‘Frankie’

Deschampsia ‘Northern Lights’

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4 thoughts on “Fine Foliage Fusion

  1. tonytomeo

    Are these for interiorscapes? I would not think that they would be much use in the climates of the Northwest otherwise. Do dracaena palms (Cordyline) do well there? I remember seeing them in a nursery near Portland. That surprised me. Some of the newer cultivars have nice pink foliage, but I really do not know how much cold it can take. We do not need to worry about it here.

    1. personalgardencoach Post author

      No these are going to be for exterior containers and summer displays in beds. Cordyline does beautifully, but we are using it as a summer annual not as a long-term hardy planting. They are cheap and colorful and serve a purpose where we need some bold color and scale. Just like using Croton or Bromeliad outdoors for summer is effective and dramatic the same way. We’re not too worried about them being hardy. 🙂

      1. tonytomeo

        Oh my! I remember how eucalyptus seedlings are grown as annuals in some regions. That seems so weird here. However, we pollard and coppice some types of eucalyptus to get the juvenile foliage. That is not very different from growing it a a warm season annual, although some get quite large.

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