Blending Plants Of Reds and Pinks

When grouping plant displays in shades of red or pink, there is an endless range of options — your only limitation is likely to be space! Group varieties of house plants in many flower shades of pink, or add a red-leafed plant to a green foliage group for maximum effect. Harmonize with surroundings or create a colourful contrast.

Using shades

Shades of pink, from the palest tones through to brightest magenta, can really draw the attention if you show them off together. Mass Begonias, Geraniums and Fairy Primroses with Busy Lizzies, or mix Polka-Dot Plants in all their colourful leaf shades. Arrange them in a low basket on a coffee table or display in a fireplace to great effect.

Just one shade of pink or bright red will also create a strong focal point. Group plants in an identical shade and place them in a large container, such as a fruit or salad bowl. If possible pick a container with a design in a closely matching colour.Blending Plants Of Reds and Pinks

Adding a supportive colour

Flowering plants have a unique appeal when they harmonize with surroundings. Highlight a room with pink touches in the decoration by using flowering plants in the same tone.

A plant with red leaves or flowers will, in the same way, bring out any small areas of red that appear in fabric or wallpaper.

Pink and blue in the same depth of tone look charming used together. Think of a bunch of Sweet Peas, and mix these tones in a group of flowering plants or add plants in subtle shades of pink to a scheme in lavender, Hydrangea blue, sky blue or lilac.

Creating a contrast

Red is a wonderful colour to contrast with green-leafed plants. Add just one bright red-flowering plant such as Poinsettia, with its bright red bracts in winter, a red-flowering Hot Water Plant in summer, or a Fairy Primrose in spring. Alternatively, include a plant with red-streaked leaves like a Blushing Bromeliad or Angel Wings that will show off its contrasting colour throughout the year.

Add red- or pink-flowering plants to a room decorated in cool colours, pale blues or greens, or a room that faces north and only gets cold light. This will add warmth to the whole interior. Include cushion covers or accessories in the same tone and the colour scheme will take on a subtle harmony.

Red-flowering plants create a startling contrast and add colour to an all-white room. A cluster of blooms in the palest pink will give a more sophisticated effect. Equally, the palest powder blue of Sweet Peas or the delicate blue of Forget-meNot will soften the effect of a cool blue décor.

Ideas to try

Mix red-flowering plants in a Christmas decoration on a low shelf or side table, or line up identical plants along a windowsill in a cool-coloured room.

On a shelf or mantelpiece use plants in tones of pink from dark to light. This could be taller, deep pink-flowering plants such as pink Hydrangeas at each end going down to tiny, pale pink Busy Lizzies in the middle. Alternatively, range shades from pale pink at one end of the line to brightest pink at the other.

Add one or two plants with red or pink variegations in their leaves to an all-green plant group. Each will highlight the colours of the others.

Some plants to use

Pink- or red-leaved plants

  • Bloodleaf has bright red, heart-shaped leaves.
  • Croton comes in a variety with leaves that have a pink tinge.
  • Flame Nettle can have leaves of pink, red, maroon or orange, often with a creamy edge to the deeply serrated leaves.
  • Painted Leaf or Rex Begonia can have leaves patterned in pink, green and cream or an overall pinky red.
  • Parrot Leaf will grow pink or red leaves if you reduce the plant’s water and food.
  • Polka-Dot Plant comes in many varieties; leaves splashed in pale pink or a bright pink are common.
  • Purple Velvet Plant has dark green, velvety leaves with purplish hairs that add a bright pink hue.
  • Ti Plant has long, lance-shaped leaves that can be bright pink or red.

A selection of pink- and red-flowering plants

  • Bead Plant produces bright orange-red berries through autumn.
  • Bougainvillea glabra has papery bracts in vivid cerise or mauve-pink that appear in spring or summer.
  • Brazilian Plume Flower, Justicia carnea, has small bright pink flowers that appear in large clusters.
  • Cape Primrose, most commonly seen in blue, can also have pale or bright pink flowers.
  • Christmas Begonia, ‘Lady Mac’, ‘Edge’s Favourite’, ‘Mellor’ and ‘Love Me’ all have pink flowers, and ‘Mrs Peterson’ has white flowers flushed with pink.
  • Cineraria can have brilliant pink flowers in early spring. There are also pastel pink varieties.
  • Cyclamen flowers in winter. Flowers are available in a wide range of colours from palest pink through to a deep, dark red.
  • Flaming Katy has clusters of pink or bright red flowers appearing from winter to early summer.
  • Globe Amaranth has globe-shaped, papery bracts that can be pink or purple. These can later be dried.
  • Gloxinia has huge trumpet-shaped flowers through summer in many colours including red and pink.

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