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