I remember there was a time when I thought I didn't like the colour yellow. Maybe it was because of the awful lemon-yellow of painted walls, or harvest gold appliances, of my childhood and youth. I do not wear the colour yellow, but I love my softly yellow walls in my home, and the cheerful colours of so many yellow flowers. I'm still not particularly a fan of school-bus yellow flowers, but there are so many other, more subtle and gorgeous flower colours, and this seems to be my year to plant a lot of yellow. Starting, of course, with one of my favourite roses, 'Graham Thomas'.
There have been challenges with growing some of the new cultivars of coreopsis in the past few years. Some of them have turned out to be not hardy, and have disappeared from the gardening scene. Others are tried and true performers, like this threadleaf coreopsis, 'Moonbeam', which is my favourite.
Regular readers know of my ongoing adoration for coneflowers, both the regular native varieties and the new hybrids. This is 'Daydream', which holds its colour better than 'Sunrise', but isn't as gold as 'Harvest Moon'. I love the green centre to the eye, which changes to gold as the flower opens.
'Evening Glow' is an interesting variety which does definitely change colour. The petals are more orange-pink toward the central cone, and yellow to gold at the outside edges. This is its first real season in my garden so I'm watching it with great interest. I don't think the colour change is as dramatic as in 'Hot Papaya', a double flowered red form, but I sure am enjoying it.Hillendale Perennials in Truro. It's Asphodeline lutea, known by the common names of Kingspear or Aaron's Rod. It has grassy green leaves and spikes of cheery yellow flowers. Apparently it has handsome seedpods, so I will look forward to seeing those in a few weeks time.
I mentioned the wild oxeye daisy above, and here is another delightful (to me) wildflower with soft yellow colouring. It's sulphur cinquefoil, (Potentilla recta sulphurea), blooming now along roadsides, in my back yard, in many sunny locations. I infinitely prefer the perennial, herbaceous cinquefoils to the shrubby ones, and have several non-yellow cultivars in my garden. Pollinators seem to very much like the potentillas, which is another good reason to leave the wildflowers alone.
Rob Baldwin's nursery in Falmouth, as he is beginning to collect them. Some have rose or orange flowers, but there are also various shades of yellow, and they look like sunshine in a rock garden.
Although I know there is a new gold to yellow lewisia called 'Little Mango', this variety is from the 'Rainbow' mix and doesn't have a name. It's like the portulaca mixes that come in a variety of unnamed colours, but are delightful regardless of name or lack of...
...And let us end this feast of yellows with that unnamed yellow portulaca. I always, always grow portulaca every summer, in memory of my mother's twin sister, Joyce. She loved these cheery flowers, and so do I.
What is your favourite yellow flower?