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Ramblings from My Garden

I’m afraid I have another confession and it’s going to be much more controversial than hogging the gardening to myself. I don’t like yellow flowers and I have NEVER planted one in 20 years. Don’t get me wrong – I completely understand why everyone else does. It’s just that for me, there’s always a blue/purple/white/pink variety that I like more and I have no intention of ever creating a hot border. So, this month I’m going to suggest the plants that really do impress me – if only I could bring myself to ‘do’ yellow.

This time of year, is really the time that tempts me most. At a time when many plants are floppy, leggy and carry a hint of brown, nothing looks better than the fresh, upright foliage of a Rudbeckia with vibrant gold and black flowers. My favourite is Goldstrum, it stays so compact and upright, holding its colour well into autumn.

Next on my list, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’. At almost 2 metres, it creates a large clump, not at all like the individual stalks of its sunflower relatives. I constantly used its lemon flowers at Larch Cottage Nurseries for cut flowers. Another strong performer from my time there was Achillea ‘Cloth of Gold’. This is not delicate, neat, upright or small. The vibrant yellow flowers are huge flat plates and the scented foliage is big and sprawling, so make sure you give it plenty of space and it will reward you by flowering all summer.


My favourite of them all though are Helenium’s. Their flower shape, with their lovely pincushion centres, look amazing jutting out in the middle of a border. The one I’d love to plant is Sahin’s Early Flowerer. As its name suggests, it flowers earlier than most Helenium’s but keeps on going all summer, especially if you have time to deadhead.

Even writing this, I know they’re not going to make it into my borders. The closest I’ll get? Well, I’m currently considering a Ligularia – yes, with yellow flowers. It has huge purple-edged, dark leaves that I’d love to put into the middle of a sea of green but if I’m being honest, only its foliage will make the cut – and those yellow flowers will get the chop as soon as they arrive!

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Achillea ‘Cloth of Gold’ ISSUE 429 | 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 | 56

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