Thursday, 23 June 2011
Except for daffodils in the spring - the yellow part of the colour spectrum doesn't get much of a look in in my garden, there is something just a little too glaring about it, it doesn't seem to blend well with other plants. Then, thinking about it a little more, and wandering around with the camera, I noticed that in the front garden I have quite a few yellow plants. Writing this blog has made me really look at what plants I have, everyday I notice something different - see the garden with different eyes.
The picture above is Hypericum calycinum or Aaron's Beard, Rose of Sharon. In the 70's you could find this plant in most gardens - plants go in and out of fashion. You don't see it around much these days. It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen dwarf shrub that makes good ground cover and has large, bright yellow flowers from mid-summer to mid-autumn and dark green leaves. Mine has grown to about three feet and is covered in flowers at the moment. I get the shears to it after flowering to help keep it within bounds and off it goes again. No trouble at all.
Elsewhere in the garden I have Anthemis tinctoria (E.C. Buxton) which is just in bud, this is a clump-forming perennial with a mass of daisy-like, lemon yellow flower heads borne singly on slim stems. If you cut back hard after flowering you will promote a good rosette of crinkled leaves for winter.
So, as to my first statement, that I don't go for much yellow in the garden - I have proved myself wrong. It was just that I hadn't noticed them.
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