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Give it a splash of something acidy green like a euphorbia http://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/plants/perennials-plants/euphorbia_amygdaloides_var_robbiae.htm
It's on the opposite side of the colour wheel to the colours you've already got
and will provide contrast and a bit of zing.
Green gladdies would be great - I've just looked on Sarah Raven's site - this Weld would be fabulous, dotted around and weaving through the bed http://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/seeds/perennials/weld.htm
Bekkie get rid of the pampas grass for a start....it's a plant for isolation and space. It's also a thug and not nice around children (those leaves are sharp)
Not sure about the colour wheel, dove, perennials can be moved and divided to ri g the changes if things clash.
Heucheras and pinks go well together Bekkie.......out of flower the blue evergreen foliage of pinks comtrast beautifully with red/purple evergreen Heucheras. In flower too they blend.
Whites? Never put 2 different whites together....one will always outdo the other. However whites are essential for me. They never clash with anything.
Try to understand how big your geraniums might be.....some swamp everything others more restrained.
Plan now, on paper, how your plants will look, complement one another and contrast. Think of the winter scene too. Can you get some structure, even low forms....erect, upright like grasses. Libertias, Phormiums, ......over the off season?
Seems like you have sun and shade there too.......so plant accordingly. Plants actually look better when they are happy
How about a list of exactly what plants you have, what you may add and a description amd size of your border?
I love pink in the garden and have just planted up a whole section of border with shades of pink from pale to deep fuchsia to flower from spring to late summer. It can sometimes need clear whites or purple shades to set it off and relieve the sugariness and a lot depends on foliage colour and textures too.
However, the idea of gold or lime green is good and would be more modern. If you have the space, try a shrub such as choisya ternata Sundance whose foliage is evergreen and golden/lime green and which would be happy in shade. Alternatively, a big fat hosta Sum and Substance would be great but would die back in winter. Astilboides likes shade and woud give large round, fancy edged leaves and tall, elegant plumes of masses of tiny, white flowers
For a lower plant for front of border, try http://www.finegardening.com/golden-japanese-forest-grass-hakonechloa-macra-aureola%E2%80%99 which sways beautifully in a breeze and likes a shady spot. Its stems are a pinky purple too so woud pick up with the pinks in your border. It turns straw coloured in winter and just needs cutting back in spring and given a bit of a feed. Another possibility would be hosta Gold Edger.