Thursday, October 14, 2010

oh yellow, how i love thee, let me count the ways

I've read a few postings lately that suggest yellow isn't everybody's favourite flower colour.  What a shame.  Let me show you what you're missing.

The bobbing heads of dahlias bouncing in the wind.  Their yellow faces so bright that I can see them clear across our property.

Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine' bursting forth in sharp contrast to the purple Diablo Ninebark it is seated next to.

Or how about flowers that are partly yellow.  The bright buttons of daisies and chamomile always catch my attention while the white petals help to soften their glow.
The layers of petals in the centre of this gorgeous white dahlia are accentuated by a tint of yellow.

I love yellow so much that I dream of creating a border simply in green and yellow.  It would include not just flowers but hints of yellow like the variegated foliage of this hosta.

Or the yellow tinted evergreen needles of Old Gold Juniper.

While a strictly yellow border may not be everybody's cup of tea it does pair nicely with other strong colours for an eye catching effect.  In this case I used the yellow flowers of Achillea 'Moonshine' and the red flowers of Achillea 'Summerwine'.

Are you sure you wouldn't like a little more yellow in your garden?


  1. Ok Ok, you have convinced me (somewhat) I am a blue/purple person but I loved the yellow this morning. It was refreshing.

  2. Yellow is the most cheerful and lively colour - I love it too! Really gorgeous photos!

  3. It's funny, I think I have a love-hate relationship with yellow. If you asked me, I'd say I don't like it in the garden - too overused and often too garrish- but when my coreopsis blooms or my solidago takes center stage, it's love at first sight.

  4. Well, it's certainly one of mine. From Daffodils in the springtime to Helianthus and Marguerites in the late fall, I couldn't live without this happy color. :) Thanks for a wonderful post.

  5. Your photos are so gorgeous, you have sold me on yellow.

  6. i look forward to hearing of the emergence of a yellow and green border .. brilliant idea ..

  7. Cheri - I love so many colours. Right now I have yellow in bloom so I'm very partial to it at the moment. The only colour I think I don't like is black. I just find that weird.

    Jane @ Life Doesn't Begin - Thanks for the compliment. I too find yellow to be very cheerful.

    Debbie - Isn't that the way? I have yellow dahlias in bloom right now so I'm very infatuated with yellow. When something pink pops up though I'll go on and on about how much I love pink.

    Thanks Kate. There does seem to be a yellow for every season isn't there? So lovely and so versatile.

    Deborah - It only takes a couple pretty pictures to convince you! LOL. No wonder we all have such a hard time saying no to plant catalogues!

    Jane @ Garden Thoughts - I wish I could take credit but the idea came out of a magazine I saw years ago. I was so infatuated with the idea I've been lusting after it ever since.

  8. Marguerite, I've never understood why so many gardeners seem to have a prejudice against yellow; it has long been my favorite color, reminding me of sunshine and of the gold tones in fall foliage. In the garden, I love the way that yellows combine with all other colors, whether in a hot palette of yellows, oranges in reds, or the contrasting tones of yellows with purples or blues, or pastel shades of soft yellows and pinks. Oh, and I forgot how much I love the yellow/white combinations that take center stage in my garden in August. Thanks for your celebration of yellow. -Jean

  9. Jean - I couldn't agree more. To my eye yellow combines well with every colour so I consider it a staple!