Would you like your flower garden to be noticed by passers-by?
Start with annuals as little transplants in the garden center and you’ll see results in a few weeks. There are many varieties of yellow or gold annuals to choose from.
Place a few tall sunflowers at the back of the flower bed. Sunflowers come in several heights; aim for a variety that is four to five feet high. This will form the background of your garden. Add tall yellow marigolds in the front of the sunflowers; choose a variety that grows 3 to 4 feet high. Mix in a few yellow or gold zinnias.
In the front of the zinnias, put another, shorter variety of sunflowers and also another shorter type of yellow marigold. Sprinkle in some calendulas–they come in a mixture of yellow shades–and maybe yellow petunias.
For the front of the bed, choose either Milkmaid or Moonlight nasturtiums, both yellow varieties. Helenium is a daisy-like blossom that grows 12 to 15 inches tall. There’s a variety called Dakota Gold whose feathery foliage will contrast nicely with the bold leaves of the nasturtiums. Put some helenium near the front of the bed.
There is even a yellow selection of snapdragons, but they’re usually part of a multi-colored mix. You could sort them out if you found enough blooming at a garden centre. Yellow rudbeckia daisies are heat tolerant and will bloom all summer and into fall. Varieties are available in heights from 18 to 40 inches high.
Keep in mind that all the flowers don’t have to be the same shade of yellow, as long as they’re in the yellow family. Flowers in colours from the palest yellow to the deepest gold will combine to create a stunning display in your yard. The warm yellow tones really “pop” in the landscape.
Since you’ve used annuals, you can plant the same garden next year or alter it around. Or if you are really in love with the yellow garden, plant among all perennials.
But that’s another article.
Sharon Sweeny divides her free time among her backyard in Minneapolis, alternately ignoring or juggling half a dozen imaginative endeavors, and blogging on gardening while pondering the exact location of Frostbite Falls, Minnesota.