“Be like Curious George, start with a question and look under the yellow hat to find what’s there.” James Collins
While I’m not sure this is entirely what Mr. Collin’s meant, looking under the hat at my garden I’ve come to realize how little yellow I have in my garden. While I have the traditional spring daffodils & yellow pansies, most of the yellow in my garden during the remainder of the gardening season comes in the form of yellow (or chartreuse) foliage. And I’m not sure why? While hot yellow can be a bit jarring in the wrong place, yellow brightens up the shadows in the shade garden and can act as a focal point in the garden. Perhaps it is because the majority of my garden is designed using shrubs and trees with only a few easy care perennials thrown in for colour. I have found that with careful selection you can have continuous blooming shrubs all season and as a result have not been particularly attracted to a higher use of flowering perennials. Yellow flowering shrubs tend to be concentrated in spring (think forsythia, magnolia, hamamelis). But nevertheless, I think I need to consider adding some more yellow bloomers here and there in my garden.