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In our last gar­den, we tack­led the prob­lem of yel­low full-on

Philadel­phus coro­nar­ius Au­reus. The leaves scorch in a sunny po­si­tion

cul­ti­vars of privet and box, which we reg­u­larly clipped into spheres so that new yel­low leaves kept com­ing through and sup­ple­mented them with fur­ther yel­low­ish good­ies. Euphor­bia mel­lif­era, usu­ally so ten­der, was a great suc­cess, as was Euphor­bia Lam­brook Gold, along­side epimedi­ums, tulips and daf­fodils in spring.

That was my so­lu­tion to yel­low leaves and yel­low flow­ers—kraal the plants to­gether in a state of hor­ti­cul­tural apartheid and pre­tend that the world out­side did not ex­ist. I won’t re­peat the ex­per­i­ment in our new gar­den—it’s time to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. And I think I’ve found the an­swer. Have you no­ticed how many in­te­rior de­sign­ers now com­bine yel­low with pink in their fab­rics, pa­pers and other dec­o­ra­tive schemes? I’m al­ways amazed that such cre­ations are loudly ap­plauded by artis­tic trendies.

It’s time to over­rule my sen­si­bil­i­ties and mix my gar­den yel­lows up with my pinks as promis­cu­ously as the plant world per­mits. Then I shall in­voke the mem­ory of Alice de Roth­schild, tell our vis­i­tors how colour-cre­ative I am and await their ac­qui­es­cence. How­ever, in­wardly, I shall con­tinue to squirm.

Charles Quest-rit­son wrote the RHS En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Roses

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