Along the Garden Path: Bringing ‘yellow’ into your garden


Almost everyone has a favorite color. You may not think you have one but when you go shopping, are you drawn to certain colors? When you go to the garden center, are you drawn to certain colors? The most popular color in the world is blue and it is the most popular color for men to wear while most women prefer black. Color plays a hand in our personalities and behavioral traits.

Yellow is the color of sunshine, hope, and happiness. Yellow stands for freshness, happiness, positivity, clarity, energy, optimism, enlightenment, remembrance, intellect, honor, loyalty, and joy.

A great spring color is yellow. It is a fun color that motivates and drives people – it brings great gifts of enthusiasm and optimism. Yellow lovers are usually good hearted, happy, positive and upbeat.

So it goes when you see yellow in the garden. The daffodils are starting to peak their heads up and blooms are becoming apparent. Daffodils have a symbol of friendship and hope. As soon as the ground has thawed they tend to be plentiful.

Daffodils are now showing that early spring has arrived. The cheerful yellow flowers of daffodils always make our world a little brighter. These trumpet-shaped blooms are members of the Narcissus family and originated in Southwest Europe.

It’s so inviting to cut daffodils and bring a vase full into the house to add brightness.

Kerry Meyer, of Proven Winners, states a new variety of yellow forsythia. It’s called “Show Off Sugar Baby” forsythia. The Show Off series was developed for creating flowers from the root to the tip for an amazing display. “Show Off Sugar Baby” is a very dwarf variety, which makes it perfect for small spaces and cheerful spring containers. Forsythia prefers sun to part sun spots and is hardy in zones 5 – 8.

“Show Off Sugar Baby” is deer resistant and is a deciduous shrub. It grows 18 – 30 inches and can spread 18 – 30 inches. In the sun it has a dark green foliage, and if planted in the container, it can serve as a thriller, of the filler, spiller and thriller method. It will bloom early, mid and late spring. It prefers a good, loose soil, but is very adaptable. It does not need heavy pruning and the pruning is best done immediately after flowering. Check out this Proven Winner variety at the garden centers this spring. It will be a tiny plant with big color!

Bring some brightness into your garden or home. Enjoy plants that create an outstanding spring display.

By Charlene Thornhill

Along the Garden Path

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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