When I first started seriously geeking out on gardening I kept reading again and again that “yellow is banished from gardens.” I wondered why. Now I suspect this dislike is a myth that stemmed from one opinion on the matter a few decades ago, repeated through the ages. Who was that person and why did they hate poor yellow so much? People do like yellow because I see them growing yellow flowers all the time.
Yellow is derided as too brash, which again doesn’t really make sense as a statement. Any colour can be brash if you use the wrong tone and pair it with something that clashes. That might be your aim in a bright garden, but to avoid brash yellow you simply need to choose a pale pastel yellow or set it against complementary colours like browns, greens and greys.
I drew a line
I drew a line for you
Oh what a thing to do
And it was all yellow
– Coldplay, 2000
Yellow with a dab of orange in it can look very warm and inviting indeed. And nothing beats a patch of Rudbeckia for sheer glow on overcast autumn days. So yes I’m putting my neck out there and sticking up for yellow, like all colours, I’ve always loved it. The yellow roses in our family home as a child were my favourite and remain one today.
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