Archive for the ‘Color’ Category

Hello Yellow

Front garden at Hayefield April 2009

Barely two weeks ago, the main garden color around here was white. But as the weather got milder and then suddenly turned scorching, new foliage started emerging, and color theme has shifted to some serious chartreuse. Every day, I find new leaves to admire, so I’ve been having trouble deciding when to stop taking pictures and put some of these beauties together for a gallery of spring golds. Finally, here are some highlights of the foliage action here at Hayefield. Continue reading

A Bit More Gorgeous Golden Foliage

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Worcester Gold' with lettuce and Geranium 'Gerwat' (Rozanne)

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

In the days BB (Before Blogging), I dreaded dreary days. Now, I am very grateful that it has been gloomy and drizzly today, because I’m finally able to finish up my series of posts on some favorite golden foliage, with a sampling of some chartreuse-leaved perennial-ish plants. To start with, here’s one that’s technically a shrub (or sub-shrub) but usually sold as a perennial (hence perennial-ish): Caryopteris.

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Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 3

Rubus cockburnianus 'Goldenvale' with Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl' and Chard 'Rhubarb'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Good grief – more yellow-leaved shrubs? Enough already! Well, no, not quite enough, I think: I have a few more I’d really like to share with you, if you can bear with me.

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Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 2

Sambucus nigra 'Aurea'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

A few days ago, I was beginning to wonder how I was going to fit blogging into my day, with so much to do outdoors. Well, after spending all day cutting down ornamental grasses yesterday, and taking the alpacas for a walk, building a new raised bed out back, and emptying the compost bins today, I am permanently stuck in my desk chair, never to rise again (at least until bedtime). So, I have my answer: I’ll play in the garden until I’m too tired to move, and then I’ll blog. In my last post (Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 1), I started discussing some of my favorite golden shrubs. And oh yes, there are many more.

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Gorgeous Golden Shrubs – Part 1

Foundation border with Viburnum lantana 'Aureum' and Philadelphus coronarius 'Aureus'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

As exciting as it is to see the first few blooms of spring, it’s hard not to be greedy and wish for more color now. Hooray for years’ worth of digital photos to supply a quick color fix! While I was filing some newer images, I came across pictures of some of my favorite yellow-leaved shrubs, and, knowing that many of you too enjoy great-looking foliage, I figured I’d share them. I decided to divide them into two posts: those that are grown for flowers as well as foliage and those prized mostly for their leaves.

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Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screaming Yellow' with Nepeta 'Walker's Low', Cornus sericea 'Silver and Gold', and Salvia 'Caradonna'

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

In The Softer Side of Yellow, I trotted out some images of what I thought were relatively tasteful combinations of yellow with green, yellow with yellow, and yellow with blue. As I was choosing those pictures, I also found some combinations that showed a bit more zip, so I figured I’d put those in a separate group. This combination, featuring ‘Screaming Yellow’ false indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa) could have gone either way: Paired with the ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta), the effect is rather soft, but the intense purple-blue of the ‘Caradonna’ salvia in the back saves it from being too sweet. Can you imagine this grouping without the catmint? That would definitely be zippy.

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The Softer Side of Yellow

Arc borders at Hayefield

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

Of all the color combinations in my garden, yellow with green is one of my favorites. Built around a long row of golden elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’), the curved borders that evolved along my driveway turned out to be a great place indulge in all sorts of yellow flowers and foliage. It wasn’t until months later, when I took the picture at the top of this post, that I realized the excellent color echo of the road sign in the background. The strong yellow of the ‘Zagreb’ coreopsis in the foreground is almost a perfect match, though I think rudbeckias would be even better.

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