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Pizzaz Time!

August 15, 2012

If your planting colour is looking a bit drab, how about adding a twist of lemon, some orange and a dash of lime?

Creating a well thought out colour planting scheme in a garden can really give it some pizazz and liven it up. How about a lime green planting border with vivid yellow and bright orange?  Colours like this can’t help but cheer up a drab looking garden.

Have you considered painting or staining your garden fence a dark colour to contrast it against the colours in your garden?  Would you dare to colour your garden fence black?  Now that certainly would be a very powerful backdrop to bright planting, creating a stunning effect and giving a garden a “wow” factor.

An excellent shrub to have in a bold colour schemed garden is the Sambucus racemosa ‘Plumosa Aurea’ otherwise know as the Golden Elder. This shrub has super fine-cut leaves that are golden yellow to start with, turning lime green as the leaves grow older.  This shrub prefers a semi shady position as opposed to full sun which may scorch its leaves.

A couple of other shrubs which can give a bright splash of colour include the Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’, the Mexican orange blossom, which has bright yellow aromatic evergreen leaves and the Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea’ which is a low dense compact shrub with small rounded vivid yellow leaves. Just like the Golden Elder, both these shrubs prefer a semi shady spot.

Hostas are great for adding some foliage interest to a shady corner of a garden.  I think that varieties with leaves of lime green or yellow look stunning. Hostas such as ‘Lemon Lime’ with yellow-green to yellow leaves or ‘September Sun’ which has lime green and yellow leaves and green margins look great. With hostas like these, no garden should have a boring shady corner.

For some vivid yellow and orange colours, the Hemerocallis, Daylily will certainly add some “flower power” to your garden.  This herbaceous perennial has bold trumpet shaped flowers and is definitely worth a try.

For easy low maintenance planting, Eschscholzia California Poppies in mixed yellow and orange will put on a colourful good show and will annually self-seed as well.

If you want to go big, bold and exotic, how about Cannas?  With their large foliage and magnificent flamboyant flowers in yellow or orange, this addition will certainly add a topical feel to any garden.

For ground cover you could choose the Alchemilla mollis with its plain green lobed foliage and its cymes of tiny lime flowers.  This plants makes a wonderful planting companion next to bright yellow and orange flowers.

With any planting plan and scheme always remember to include flowering plants for all four seasons so as to spread the flowering interest and colour throughout the year.

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