How To Grow A Red & Pink Flower Garden
Whether they grace your garden or your tabletop, flowers breathe life, color and romance into any space. Of all the beautiful flower shades, perhaps none are quite so romantic as reds and pinks.
Pink and Red Roses: A Classic Choice
With their distinctive gentle fragrance and timeless, delicate blossoms, roses have become a universal symbol of love. These flowers grow in red, pink and a huge variety of other colors. Red roses range from deep, soulful hues to fiery bright shades and even red/white blends. You'll find pink roses in shades from darker saturated tones to pale pastels and peach tones.
Roses are relatively easy to grow, and are extremely responsive to loving care.
To help yours grow strong and healthy:
- Give them lots of sunshine: Roses are happiest in full sun, although they'll tolerate partial shade.
- Feed them well: Roses need good nutrition so be sure to fertilize when you plant them and regularly afterward.
- Provide good, loose soil: When you plant your roses, stir some compost or peat moss, and manure into the soil.
Additionally, roses like lots of water, as long as it is draining well in the loose soil. When you water your roses, be careful to water only the soil and not the leaves as this could contribute to rose diseases.
Geraniums for Your Home and Flower Garden
Hardy geraniums grow blossoms in vibrant reds, pale pinks and dramatic magenta shades. If you've had disagreements with friends about whether geraniums are annual or perennial flowers, the good news is that you are both right! The confusion about geraniums stems from the fact that the common geraniums you're probably familiar are annual flowers, while "true" geraniums with the Geranium genus have some perennial varieties.
Charming common geraniums are equally at home inside on your windowsill and outside in your garden, and they'll continue to bloom well into the cold weather. Here are some tips for growing healthy geraniums:
- Your geraniums will live indoors for about 18 months. Keep them in a cool, sunny spot, fertilize once a month and don't overwater. Snip off three to four inch cuttings and plant them in moist soil if you'd like more geraniums.
- Outdoors, plant geraniums from seeds, cuttings or young plants from your garden store in an area with at least partial shade. Although geraniums are tough and survive in soils that aren't the best, fertilizing will help them grow and bloom really well. To really encourage maximum blooming, prune or pinch blooms as soon as they die.
Tall Pink and Red Dahlias
If you like the strong statement of really big red or pink flowers for your garden, consider dahlias. These pretty, rounded perennial flowers come in smaller varieties as well, ranging from one to five feet in height with blossoms anywhere from as small as the pom-pom on a child's hat to as wide as a dinner plate.
You'll find dahlias in subtle salmon, intense bright and pale pinks as well as rich scarlet red tones. They're easy to grow if you when you understand their needs:
- Plenty of sun
- Fertile, rich, moist but drained soil
- Ample space to grow (16 to 24 inches between plants.)
If you live in an area with cold winters, be sure to dig up the tubers before the hard frost and store them on a bed of dry sand in your basement until spring. Once the weather warms up, replant them for years of continuing beauty.
Attractive and hardy pink or red Begonias are perfect for beginners because they are so easy to grow. Their leaves are as striking as their flowers, so they're still an attractive addition to your garden even when they aren't in bloom. Here's what you need to know for happy, healthy begonias:
- Plant in full sun, partial sun or shade.
- Keep soil loose, fertile and well drained. Let soil dry after watering.
- Fertilize once a month.
- Remove dead flowers, leaves and stems.
- Bring them indoors before frost.
Medicinal Pinks and Reds
Some gorgeous pink and red flowers do more than just beautify your garden. Here are a few with an interesting medical history.
- The foxglove plant with its gorgeous pink cone-shaped blossoms is used to make the heart medication digitalis. Because of its high toxicity, be sure to never ingest this plant or try to make your own medicine from it, and keep it away from children and pets.
- Echinacea, a member of the daisy family with pink petals, has a Native American history as a medicinal plant and may help boost immunity to colds and other ailments.
Other Favorite Pink and Red Flowers
The variety of pink and red flowers is practically endless. A few of the many other varieties you may want to try growing include:
- Lipstick plant
If you're looking for a gift with a message, here are a few traditional meanings associated with popular red and pink flowers:
- Red roses: Love, courage, respect and beauty
- Dark crimson roses: Mourning
- Dark pink roses: Thanks and appreciation
- Pink roses: Joy, grace and thanks
- Red carnations: Admiration
- Red tulip: Love Declaration
- Geranium: Folly
- Hyacinth: Playfulness
- Begonias: Beware.
Flower Growing Tips
If you're a beginner, these simple tips will help get you started growing beautiful flowers:
- Get your soil in top shape before planting flowers. The best way to do this for any type of soil is to add hummus.
- Annuals are the easiest flowers for beginners.
- Get yourself some good gardening tools. Essentials include a spade, garden knife, pruner, hose, watering wand and garden shears.
Striking pink and red flowers and easy to grow and will turn your home or yard into a fragrant romantic retreat.