Pictured above: Epimedium 'Pink Champagne' - Pink Champagne offers dramatic pink star-like flowers with white spurs. It grows 18-24 inches high and 24-36 inches wide and contrasts wonderfully with groundcover. Prefers part to full shade, with a maximum of six hours of direct sun.
Spanish Lavender - Lavandula stoechas
A native of the Mediterranean region, Spanish lavender thrives in hot, dry climates and is hardy to zone 8. Its purple-pink flowers produce upright pedals called bracts resembling rabbit ears. Click here for Local Harvest's list of lavender uses.
Erysimum linifolium 'Super Bowl Sunset' - Wallflower
This sun-dwelling wallflower exhibits an array of fragrant pastel pink, red and yellow flowers blooming in April and May. These are best planted in the fall and are hardy to 5F. Avoid planting in damp acidic soils.
Bleeding Heart - Dicentra spectabilis
Pink heart-shaped flowers "bleed" white in early-mid spring. Bleeding heart prefers part shade but can take full sun as long as it is in moist, humusy soil. Plants reach three to six feet tall and one to three feet wide. Ideal for woodland gardens.
Brunnera macrophylla 'Sea Heart'
Sea Heart's petite blue flowers contrast strikingly against its frosted silver foliage. Blooms emerge from pink buds in early spring. Brunnera are generally tolerant to dry shade, humidity, and heat and are great for containers and woodland settings.
Iceland Poppy 'Champagne Bubbles' - Papaver nudicaule
Each plant produces a bouquet of fragrant yellow, red, white and orange flowers in April to May. These poppies love sun and will grow up to 12 inches tall and wide in a season. Excellent for cut flowers and cottage gardens.
Dodecatheon alpinum - Alpine shooting star
Native to Oregon and northern California, Alpine shooting star thrives in meadows, east-side forests, alpine and bog/wetland habitats. Produces downward-turned pink flowers with yellow bands and black stamens in early-mid spring. Flowers resemble a falling badminton bird. Very pest and disease resistant, prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Spiderwort -Tradescantia x a. 'Blushing Bride'
Variegated pink and white new growth turn green when mature. White flowers emerge in mid summer. Spiderwort grows about one inch high and four wide make it great for groundcover and containers. Cut back to encourage new growth.
These sun-lovers come in a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes. Combine them for colorful containers or groundcover. Do NOT overwater.