Upbeat, optimistic and friendly, yellow flowers cheer a garden like no other.
Purple and pink dominated the garden a few weeks ago, but now the sunny yellows are popping out and in doing so providing a more uplifting feel to the garden altogether. Yellow is a primary color and sits at the light end of the color spectrum. It’s loaded with energy, and placed in the garden can perk up a combination of plants or absolutely shimmer in the sun. It is clearly a color that says, “Notice me!” And in doing so, causes your eye to slow down, rest and take in its warmth. But too much of it can be irritating, too. Some say that’s due to its high energy value. Introducing other colors, such as green (perfect!) help calm yellow.
This is a color that knows how to network, going beautifully with several shades of purple, pink, green, blue and and even gray. I have found it to be a wonderful transitional color that is at ease at moving between dark and light hues. I have shots of yellow throughout my gardens. For example, a small citron green juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) at the base of the garden bed that wraps around my family room provides a transition from one side of the bed to the other. Certainly placement is important here but so is its lemon-lime color mix. This shrub is small and a slow grower, but it is mighty in its impact. Standing tall next to it are white Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum superbum) with their sunny yellow eyes and Stella de Oro daylily on its other side. Things cool off, though, with a whispery stand of Russian sage (Perovskia).
Yellow has a high reflectance value. It is the most visible color on the spectrum and that’s most likely why school buses are yellow, as often are school crossing lines on the pavement. It is the color of hazard signs as well. But too much of it can be irritating, too. Some say that’s due to its high energy value. Introducing other colors, such as green (perfect!) help calm yellow. If you’re into the meaning of color, yellow has lots going for it. It’s naturally associated with happiness, creativity, communication and energy. It’s also associate with analytical thinking, inquisitiveness and original thought. On the down side, deceitful, laziness, and cowardice are often used in the same sentence with yellow, as in “He’s nothin’ but a yellow-bellied, no-good, lazy coward!”
What do you think of the color yellow?
May 28, 2015 at 8:03 am
Twice I’ve seen gardens that featured all yellow and white flowers and variegated foliage, along with green foliage and tiny touches of blue. Stunning!
May 28, 2015 at 2:20 pm
I got a 1/4 plot in an Evanston community garden three years ago. This year I upgraded to a full size plot.Since I have so much room this year I am able to throw in anything that catches my eye. I am growing my first Brussels Sprouts and Carrots this year. I have some trellis where I hope to have squash and cucumber climb. I’m still not very good at it but I enjoy my time there since I only have a few pots in the apartment yard where I live. Since the Chicago weather has been chilly I hope to finally get in my tomatoes this weekend.
I love sharing from my garden. My folks live nearby now so I bring them produce. There is also coolers in the garden that go twice a week to the food pantry. I love that!
June 2, 2015 at 6:37 pm
Summer is certainly the season of yellow. Have you ever heard the expression DYC, or damn yellow composites – an acronym for all the (mostly) yellow daisy-type flowers of summer. Your garden looks great, by the way.
June 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm
Jason, I had not heard of DYC. I believe this is the best season I’ve had yet since I started this gardening thing in 2012.
June 2, 2015 at 9:32 pm
Hi. I grew up in St Louis and will share your blog info with my sisters. Looking forward to meeting you at Fling.
June 3, 2015 at 12:29 am
Hi Gail, I look forward to meeting you and exploring your blog further.