The Yellows Are Coming!
I know some gardeners are not fond of yellow flowers in the garden. Some find that yellow just does not work well in their garden palette. Others want something more rare and refined in the garden than the yellow color that is common among wildflowers.
I am at the opposite end of the spectrum of attitudes toward yellow in the garden. I am a big fan. Yellow reminds me of sunlight and of the wildflowers I have loved since childhood. Yellow is my favorite color; it just makes me happy. I also like the look of yellow with almost any other color. Yellows mellow the fiery colors of orange and red, and they make a wonderful contrast with blues and purples. Yellows and whites look crisp and fresh. And the right yellow and the right pink (often a soft yellow and a strong pink) can be delicious together.
So although I enjoy the pretty pinks, blues and lavenders of my garden in June, it is the July garden that excites me. In July, the yellows make a big entrance and then take center stage. Because they add contrast to the soft, pastel palette of June, the yellows make my garden more dynamic.
This week, right on schedule, yellow flowers began to open in my garden. First on the scene were the flowers of the early reblooming daylilies (Hemerocallis), the soft yellow of Happy Returns (above) on the back slope and the brasher tones of Boothbay Harbor Gold (right) in the blue and yellow border. Then the first flowers of Coreopsis verticillata ‘Golden Showers’ opened, followed a day later by Heliopsis helianthoides (false sunflower). Both of these flowers will continue to bloom until frost.
In the next week or two, many more yellow flowers will open in my garden. Yellow daylilies are the stars of the garden in July.There are ten different varieties growing in the blue and yellow border alone; and although only Boothbay Harbor Gold has already begun to bloom, all the others are full of fat buds. Yellows will also make a big appearance in the row of orange, red and yellow daylilies that bloom along the front of my property each July. By the end of the month, when many of the yellow daylilies will be winding down, my favorite rudbeckia, the tall lemon yellow ‘Herbstsonne’ will begin to bloom, as will the native goldenrods (Solidago) that grow around the edges of my garden.
As June has turned into July and classic summer weather has arrived in Maine, I am looking forward to the warm, sunny days and yellow flowers ahead.
I am linking this post to Hanni’s Hope Grows meme at Sweet Bean Gardening. Go to her blog to find out what other gardeners are hoping for this July.