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Let the color yellow bring happiness, excitement to your garden

Superbells Lemon Slice is Dr. Alan Armitage’s absolute favorite calibrachoa according to his Mobile App. Here it is partnered with Supertunia Royal Velvet petunias and Superbena verbenas. PHOTO BY NORMAN WINTER

Let the color yellow bring happiness, excitement to your garden

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

If there were a color that represents happiness in the garden it would have to be yellow. One of the three primary colors, it has the power to evoke hope and excitement. When the forsythia breaks forth in the early spring, it not only catches your eye but also invigorates your step. Winter is over and a new season has been born.

On the other hand, there is a reason the school bus is yellow, a motive behind so many highway signs having a yellow background. You notice, you pay attention. Yellow is from the hot side of the wheel and offers warmth like the brilliant sun. A pocket of yellow flowers at your entrance will give a warm welcome to your visitors.

The Garden Guy has flanking containers at the entryway and Lemon Coral sedum is blooming, causing everyone to notice. It is being used in a triadic harmony or partnership, three colors equal distance on the color wheel, with Superbells Grape Punch and Pomegranate Punch calibrachoas.

Like the caution sign on the road if you use yellow near what you might consider a blemish or weakness in the landscape then everyone’s eye will be drawn there. On a bigger scale yellow flowers come to you in the garden therefore having the ability to make a large landscape seem cozier.

In yellow, you can really play with the mind with your amount of color saturation. For instance, the more saturated the yellows, the warmer the feel. My wife Jan told me the other day I just love that little yellow. She was referring to Superbells Yellow calibrachoa. It doesn’t have the fancy name of some of its siblings but has that ability to cause you to look noticing its companions last.

I was looking at Dr. Alan Armitage’s mobile APP called ‘Armitage’s Great Garden Plants’. When it came to calibrachoas he said my absolute favorite is the Superbells Lemon Slice. This white calibrachoa with bright yellow lemony slices creates partnerships that literally dazzle.

Conversely, yellow pastels like the Luscious Royale Pina Colada lantana, though cheerful, buffer the intense summer heat. The award-winning lantana features pastel yellow and white in compact habit yet brings in pollinators equal with its larger counterparts.

The shade garden that seems to go unnoticed can be given a new vibrant definition with hostas. The Garden Guy is getting to experience hostas for the first time, and I am like a kid in the candy store. This year I am adding several Shadowland Autumn Frost. This award winner has blue leaves with wide yellow margins. In another part of the shade garden, I have Shadowland Etched Glass with green and an even brighter yellow intermingled with blue hydrangeas.

Deeper, darker yellows are found slightly to the left or warmer side of yellow. This seems to be where the real troopers for summer long color are found, plants like the new Luscious Goldengate lantana, and Luscious Bananarama.

Yellow’s complementary color is violet or purple. When you partner the color of royalty with the radiant and gleaming yellow there is a pageantry that manifests itself in the garden. Try Angelface angelonias or summer snapdragons, Supertunia Royal Velvet petunias or Superbena Violet Ice or Dark Blue verbenas. Don’t forget yellow works exceedingly well with its neighbors, orange and red.

The perfect prescription for a case of spring fever is limit your news, and plant a healthy dose of yellow in your garden. Do it as soon as your frost-free date has passed. This means some of you are a little late but I assure you the garden center has just what you need. Follow me on Facebook @ NormanWinterTheGardenGuy for more photos and garden inspiration.

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