Using Yellow

A designer's favorite yellows in the garden throughout the year

By: Daniel Mount

Daniel Mount hails from a long line of wandering gardeners, nurserymen and farmers.  He received his first shovel for his…

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Yellow cheers and enlightens.

From A Gardener Comes to Terms with Yellow:

Victoria Finlay author  of Color: A Natural History of the Palette, says, of all the colors “yellow gives some of the most mixed messages of all.” Garden designers around the world agree,  praising yellow as being “cheerful,” “joyous,” “luminous,” and for its “ability to harmonize.” Yet the same designers also warn of yellow being “a show-stealer,” “aggressive,” “garish,” “dominating,” even “perilous.”

Tulipa sylvestris. Photo: Daniel Mount

Tulipa sylvestris. Photo: Daniel Mount


Cornus sericea ‘Hedgerows Gold’

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae; E. characias subsp. wulfenii; E. chamaecyparis ‘Orange Man’

Forsythia ‘Gold Tide’; F. ‘Citrus Swizzle’, F. ‘Fiesta’

Narcissus ‘Hawera’; N. ‘Mariejka’

Paeonia ‘Border Charm’; P. ‘Bartzella’

Primula bulleyana; P. vulgaris; P. veris

Rhododendron 'Phyllis Korn'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Rhododendron ‘Phyllis Korn’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Rhododendron lutescens; R. lutea; R. ‘Winsome’; R. ‘Phyllis Korn’

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’; R. hugonis; R. ‘Perle D’Or’; R. ‘Alchemyst’

Trollius ×cultorum ‘Cheddar’


Tulipa 'Francoise'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Tulipa ‘Francoise’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Tulipa ‘Francoise’; T. ‘Jaap Groot’; T. ‘Sweetheart’; T. sylvestris; T. dasystemon


Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Nugget'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Nugget’. Photo: Daniel Mount


Baptisia ‘Solar Flare’

Berberis thunbergii ‘Golden Nugget’


Dahlia 'Pineapple Lollipop'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Dahlia ‘Pineapple Lollipop’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Dahlia ‘Jackie Bramlett’; D. ‘Moon Fire’, D. ‘Pineapple Lollipop’

Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’

Helianthus multiflorus ‘Flore Pleno’; H. salicifolius ‘First Light’


Hosta 'On Stage'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Hosta ‘On Stage’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Hosta ‘Pineapple Upside Down Cake’; H. ‘Sum and Substance’; H. ‘Sun Power’; H. ‘On Stage’; H. ‘Birchwood Parky’s Gold’

Kirengeshoma palmata

Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata’

Pelargonium ‘Lady Plymouth’; P. ‘Prince Rupert’

Phygelius בMoonraker’

Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Dart’s Gold’

Rosa xanthina ‘Canary Bird’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Green Eyes’

Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’; S. odora

Weigela florida ‘Rubidor’


Rudbeckia hirta 'Green Eyes'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Green Eyes’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Aesculus parviflora

Betula utilis ×jacquemontii; B. papyrifera; B. pendula

Clethra alnifolia

Ginkgo ‘Princeton Sentry’

Hamamelis virginiana

Larix laricina; L kaempferi

Lindera benzoin

Poncirus trifoliata

Populus tremuloides; P. balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa

Hackonechloa macra 'All Gold' in fall color. Photo: Daniel Mount

Hackonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ in fall color. Photo: Daniel Mount


Choisya ternata 'Sundance'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’. Photo: Daniel Mount


Camellia ‘Buttermint’

Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’

Elaeagnus  ×ebbingei ‘Gilt Edge’

Eranthis hyemalis

Hamamelis ×intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise’; H. mollis ‘Primavera’

Helleborus foetidus ‘Chedglow’; H. ×hybridus ‘Golden Lotus’; H. ×hybridus ‘Mellow Yellow Strain’

Mahonia japonica; M. ×media ‘Charity’; M. ×media ‘Arthur Menzies’

Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’; N. ‘February Gold’


Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb Gold'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Taxus cuspidata ‘Nana Aurescens’. Photo: Daniel Mount

Picea orientalis ‘Tom Thumb Gold’

Pinus strobus ‘Louie’; P. contorta ‘Chief Joseph’

Taxus cuspidata ‘Nana Aurescens’; T. baccata ‘Standishii’

Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’; T.o. ‘Yellow Ribbon’; T.o. ‘Jantar’; T.o. ‘Harvest Moon’


Thuja occidentalis 'Harvest Moon'. Photo: Daniel Mount

Thuja occidentalis ‘Harvest Moon’. Photo: Daniel Mount