Pink muhly grass is a flowering species of grass commonly grown as an ornamental ground cover for its bushy appearance and bright pink blossoms. It can grow up to 3 feet in height and blooms during the fall. Pink muhly grass is native to North America and is extremely drought tolerant, making it easy to grow in most temperate regions around the world.
Plant pink muhly grass between March and August in a location that receives between 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day. Spread 2 inches of organic compost over the planting site and use a garden tiller to incorporate it into the soil to increase the drainage and fertility.
Water pink muhly grass once per week during periods of drought in summer. Apply water only after at least one week with no rainfall. Pink muhly grass does not require supplemental watering during the rest of the year.
Feed pink muhly grass three times per year using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Apply once in February, again in June and one final time in September. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper dosage.
Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch over the soil surrounding pink muhly grass immediately after planting. Begin the mulch at least 2 inches from the base of the plants. Add more mulch as necessary to keep the layer at least 2 inches thick.
Plant your nemesia, after all danger of frost has passed, in a spot that receives full sun and has good drainage. Amend the soil with compost or manure.
Water daily for the first week, then once a week for the rest of the season. If the weather is particularly dry, you may have to water more often. Mulch heavily to help the plant retain moisture, but do not let the plant's roots sit in water.
Use an all-purpose fertilizer or one specifically for flowering annuals. Because nemesia is an annual, liquid fertilizers will work more quickly than the slow-release formulas.
Pinch your plant to increase its bushiness. Deadhead frequently to encourage more flowering.
Pink muhly grass forms clumps that can reach 3 feet high and wide. The flower heads are 18 inches long and up to 10 inches wide.
In late summer, pink flower heads appear and last for six to eight weeks. As the seeds ripen, the plumes become tan-colored.
The narrow, fine-textured foliage of pink muhly grass is dark green. In colder zones, the stems turn tan in winter but remain erect until cut back in spring. Above zone 8, pink muhly grass may stay green through the winter.
Habitat and Range
Suitable for zones 5 through 10, pink muhly grass is salt-tolerant and durable.
Hardy pink muhly grass will grow in acid or alkaline soil and thrives in full sun or partial shade. It tolerates wet or dry conditions but grows larger if watered regularly.
Aside from its use as a versatile landscaping specimen, pink muhly grass is used to make woven baskets.
Pink and Red Together
Red roses mean love, and pink means romance, so together they speak of a romantic partnership.
Pink and red roses say, “I think you are young and beautiful.” Since they signify youthful passion, they are appropriate for a young couple or a couple with a young attitude.
Freshness of Love
Pink and red sends a message about the freshness of love--and they can be appropriate for lovers of any age who feel as passionately as ever.
Dark Pink and Red
Dark pink roses are a sweet message saying, “I appreciate you,” making a mixture of dark pink and red appropriate as an anniversary message about romance still being alive in a long partnership.
Light Pink and Red
Light pink roses convey friendship. A mixture of red and light pink roses say, "I love you and you are my best friend."
Soft, Subtle Colors
Pair soft shades of pink with muted whites for an airy, delicate plant combination. Try pairing pink begonia with white nicotiana, or white petunias with rose-pink geraniums. A combination of pink vinca and white snapdragon is yet one other possibility. Coincidentally, these plant combinations do well in full sun.
Annual Combinations for a Shady Spot
Make a more showy combination of annuals with pink and blue flowers. Pink and violet impatiens work well together, as do pink begonia and dusty miller. If you prefer purple tones, try adding alyssum for a medium shade of lavender.
Mix Gardening Staples with the Unexpected
Complement swan river daisy, whose flowers come in a range of colors from purple, white to pink and blue, with the gardening standard, marigolds. For extra interest, try French yellow gold marigolds, which can produce multiple colors on one flower head.
Good Trailing Combinations
Summer wave torenia, a bushy annual with deep blue flowers, is an ideal choice for a trailing plant in an annual combination. Pair it along with lantana, which blooms profusely with yellow, red and orange clusters.
Any combination of impatiens with wax begonias is a popular and gardening standard among annual combinations. Begonias bloom bright red, white, pink or rose blossoms and are pretty when planted with one of the many varieties of impatiens.
Although many other colors of roses signify certain levels of passion, love and romance, the light pink rose holds the most dominance among these flowers for signifying those particular emotions, as well as gentility and grace.
The function of light pink roses is generally to celebrate romantic days of the year. Valentine's Day and Sweetheart's Day are two such dates. Pale or light pink send messages of graceful joy and gentility as well as a whimsical sense of fun.
There are two particular types of light pink or pale roses that are named for artist Leonardo da Vinci, as well as one for the storybook character of Cinderella.
In the field of dream analysis, analysts believe that dreams featuring pale or light pink roses indicate immense feelings of love or femininity as a primary focus.
Light pink roses, among other shades, did not become cultivated for public usage until right before the beginning of the 19th century. The idea for rose cultivation came to Europe from China. Many modern-day roses can find their historical roots during this period.