The Right Com­pan­ions

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Gardening -

Pinks are pop­u­larly used as bor­der edg­ing and as com­pan­ions to roses and other tra­di­tional blooms like ver­bena, laven­der and gera­ni­ums. you can also use them in con­tain­ers, and those with a floppy habit are ideal for hang­ing bas­kets.

also trea­sured for its petty hum­mocks of grassy ev­er­green fo­liage, pinks have year-round

ap­peal and are use­ful for adding slashes of sil­ver through flowerbeds. as they are able to sur­vive a drought, they are a good choice for rock­eries, thin chalky soils and gravel gar­dens. their old-fash­ioned blooms can also be cut for the vase, and will last about a week in cool wa­ter. some of the most ap­peal­ing pinks that are suit­able for cut­ting are the frilled, laced and pi­co­tee va­ri­eties, many of which were beloved by the Vic­to­ri­ans.

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