Happy May Day.
The Japanese flowering plums may have dropped their last petals for the year, but pink still looms large on the landscape.
Cornus florida Pink Flowering Dogwood are not the most appealing color when they first bud out, but once the leaves start opening to back up the big candy-colored bracts they are rather lovely. Best grown in partial shade.
Tamarisk A giant pink feather duster.
Halesia var. rosea sends out lots of long, pale bells along its slender branches.
Styrax ‘Pink Chimes’ is covered with pink buds on rosy stems. This fancy version of the Japanese snowbell is a bit more refined in leaf and habit and is certainly charming. The bell part actually comes later, though, when each of these blooms turns into a pale green drop with a vestigial style for a ringer.
Crabapples are not as prevalent here as in the Midwest, but a few dot the landscape, splashing out the cerise, blush mauve.