Yellow

  From the palest blush, soft cool primrose, sulphurous, acid, gaudy, bright, golden, and adorning the garden right the way through the year - this is a richly diverse palette and can be used to many an effect. I've been reading Gertrude Jekyll's book on colour schemes in the flower garden and she is extraordinarily…

Spotlight on Harvington Rebekah and Walberton’s Rosemary – and nigh on 50 more Hellebores…

Hellebore Harvington Hybrid Rebekah at the Plant Centre, RHS Wisley, today. and another variety also looking rather superb today on my travels, Walberton's Rosemary But let's not rest on our laurels - there are rather more than two hellebores to tempt, delight and enrapture.... Here's a complete catalogue of the Hellebores on sale at RHS…

Just a dash of yellow…

Yellow polyanthus, providing some relief from the concentrations of hellebores that are the subject of many recent posts. More Hellebores will there be, but in the meantime, a pause for a dash of yellow, tempered by fresh green foliage. On balance, the yellow primroses and polyanthus are more likely to be scented (closer to the…

Mellow Yellow (part 2)

Amber, citrine, primrose, sunshine, canary, gold, lemon, tawny, aureate, lutescent, xanthic, chrysal, honey, aurulent... A ripe collection of just a few yellow and golden-fruited shrubs and trees - they have all featured in other entries in the last couple of months - but I thought it would be cool to bring a few of the…

Kerria japonica ‘Pleniflora’

Another strong spring colour (I've already touched upon Berberis darwinii in particular and Forsythia briefly) and this shrub too can be a bit of a forceful character. Quite tenacious, it can thrive where other plants would give up and it suckers quite freely (the looser the soil, the greater the spread). If it does get…

Berberis darwinii – a shock of deep orange

Berberis darwinii will be lighting up our gardens in a month or so (this picture taken in the show gardens at Bridgemere Garden World on 2nd April last year) with vigorous, evergreen shrubs smothered in rich orange flowers. Possibly not the easiest display to fit into a town garden (and the shrub grows up to…