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August Yellows: GBBD, August 2020

August 16, 2020

As I walk around my Maine garden in August, the dominant color is yellow. On the front slope, most of the daylilies have finished blooming and the false sunflowers (Heliopsis helianthoides) and tickseed (Coreopsis verticillata) have taken center stage.

August yellows front slope

Even the charming tiered flowers of spotted beebalm (Monarda punctata) are yellow. spotted beebalm yellow

yellow & white circularIn the circular bed, the yellow of false sunflower combines with the white flowers of balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) and Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’. I like the crisp and fresh feel of the yellow and white combination at a time of the year when the garden can begin to look tired and past its peak.

In the back garden, the tall lemon yellow flowers of Rudbeckia x ‘Herbstsonne’ light up the back of the blue and yellow border, and white complements are provided by large drifts of summer phlox (Phlox paniculata) ‘David.’

yellow herbstsonne back phlox david drift

Not everything in the garden is yellow and white. Summer phlox, which is the glory of the August garden, grows most often in shades of pink.

bright eyes 2020 Robert Poore blossom Miss Pepper blossom

Indeed, outside the screened porch, the walkway to the patio features big drifts of pink phlox and spirea ‘Neon Flash.’

Robert Poore drift Neon flash drift
I know some gardeners cringe at the thought of  pink and yellow flowers growing next to one another, but I find it a happy combination. yellows & pinks
yellow goldenrod Not to be outdone, the wildflowers that grow at the edges of my garden are showing off the strong yellows of goldenrod (Solidago).

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is hosted on the 15th of each month by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Visit her blog to see the blooms from other August gardens.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2020 10:42 pm

    Cringe? I think that odd color combinations are adventurous and fun. Hey, I am of the 1980s. Because my favorite color is white, and too much white can be boring, I appreciate bright colors in other gardens.

    • August 18, 2020 4:15 pm

      Tony, One English garden writer, in particular, always makes a point about how pink and yellow clash and you would never put them together. Maybe it’s a difference in culture, but I don’t even think yellow and pink is an odd combination. 😉

      • August 19, 2020 4:28 pm

        I am a Californian garden writer, and I say that those who enjoy gardening should select and combine the colors that work for them. White is my favorite color, but I would not prescribe it for everyone.

  2. August 17, 2020 6:59 am

    Oh what lovely blooms ..those beebalm blooms shot is fantastic .I love yellow dominated garden. It would be my pleasure if you join my link up party related to gardening here

    • August 18, 2020 4:49 pm

      Arun, I love yellow flowers, too. I tried to join your link-up party, but had some trouble logging in. I’ll try it again when I have a little more time.

  3. August 17, 2020 2:40 pm

    You’ve done a great job of ensuring successions of bloom in your garden, Jean. as yellow is among my favorite colors, I love your cheerful August display. I covet that Monarda too, but I’ll just count myself lucky I finally found one member of the genus I can grow.

    • August 18, 2020 4:54 pm

      Kris, Since, without consciously planning to, I painted every room in my house some version of yellow, I think it’s safe to say that yellow is also among my favorite colors. 😉 I was disappointed when this garden season started that the big clumps of Monarda punctata I remembered from last year seemed to be missing. As the M. punctata plants started to bloom, however, I realized they are everywhere! Several had sneakily seeded themselves into the crowns of other plants. Yesterday, I lifted up a low-hanging branch of a rose to check for Japanese beetles and found Monarda punctata blooming underneath it. They’ve also seeded themselves here and there outside the garden, which is fine with me.

  4. August 17, 2020 4:53 pm

    Looks delightful. Sunny yellow is welcome as we are in a cold snap.

    • August 18, 2020 4:55 pm

      Diana, I wonder if your cold snap is about the same temperatures as the hint of autumn that is in the air here this week. 😉

  5. August 17, 2020 9:57 pm

    My heliopsis are pretty bedraggled now but I have the fun of watching the goldfinches perching on those wobbly stems as they feast on the seeds. My coreopsis is on it’s second flush.
    I’m not familiar with spotted beebalm. I love it. I have so much of the pink beebalm, which formerly were various colors that all blended into one color. I guess that would happen if I planted the spotted kind. Do you know?
    It won’t be long here until my purples start again as my chelone and physostegia look like they will be blooming soon.
    I love your pinks and yellows.

    • August 18, 2020 4:59 pm

      Debbie, I know the red Monarda didyma and the violet Monarda fistulosa readily cross-pollinate to create those various pink colors. I don’t know if either of them cross-pollinate with Monarda punctata. I’m inclined to think this is less likely, because the plants have differently shaped flowers and seem to be visited by different pollinators.

  6. August 20, 2020 12:26 pm

    Hello Jean, I think pinks and yellows are fine together. I rarely think too deeply about planting certain colours together because if one plant clashes with another next to it, then that same plant probably goes well with other plants, planted on the other side of it – if that makes sense – unless you plant in concentric circles..?

    • August 27, 2020 8:00 pm

      Hi Sunil, I like your point of view about color. I have occasionally had to move one plant when I found two colors blooming side by side painful to see — but those have never been pinks and yellows. 😉

  7. Anonymous permalink
    August 22, 2020 9:57 am

    I think yellows and whites bring out the beauty of the colors they are near. Happy gardening

    • August 27, 2020 8:01 pm

      I hadn’t thought about yellows making the colors near them pop, but I think you are right.

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