50 Natives: Illinois : Oenothera speciosa (Pink Ladies, Showy Evening Primrose) – Inspired by Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely

Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely and Pink Loves Brown in a bit of a soul sister. She is a designer, blogger, mom, and business owner with a so-so cottage that she is transforming bit by bit. Her blog is filled with her adventures of design, life, and home makeovers and I find it a charming, inviting, and down to earth place to go for a break from plants and gardens.
I would dare say Nicole’s favorite color is pink. (Duh) So my native plant inspired by her must be pink. It must be easy and casual with a certain charm. Oenothera speciosa, also known as Pink Ladies or Showy Evening primrose is an easy to grown Midwest native inspired by Nicole.
Oenothera speciosa showy evening primrose pink ladies

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Needing little water and nothing special for soil (except well drained), this sun lover will be quite happy…in fact it could become a invasive if you don’t watch out…which is why it is probably best used in areas where you can stand it to take over. I love it in a meadow and that picture of it with the brown horses in the field is about the prettiest thing I have seen in a while (I think Pink really does love Brown).

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. gurdonark on November 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I love showy evening primrose. It makes our north Texas Spring special.

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