Those of us gardening in the Pacific Northwest are accustomed to winters that includes more than our fair share of gray and stormy days.
But take heart, I have an antidote for dingy winter days that we can all use: evergreen foliage in gold and yellow tones. A burst of cheery yellow foliage is a sure way to brighten your garden and lift your spirits—bringing radiance and warmth to a cold day.
GOLDEN FOLIAGE IS LIKE A RAY OF SUNSHINE
Here are some tips for using yellow foliage in your garden:
- Check its sun tolerance—Some gold foliage plants burn in sun, while others lose their golden color in too much shade,
so pay close attention and make sure to give these plants their preferred exposure. Typically, even the professed sun-lovers
prefer some protection from the hottest part of the afternoon blast.
- Jazz it up or cool it down—When paired with red or burgundy, yellow foliage makes for an energetic, zippy scene.
Combine with blue or green foliage if you desire a more subdued vignette.
- Easy does it—Yellow can be a pretty insistent color in the garden and it's easy to get too much of a good thing—but
how much is too much? Well, you get to decide about that, but you might want to start by using it as an accent plant vs. planting big, sweeping
blocks of gold; see how you like it and then adjust from there.
Below, you'll find some of my top picks for plants that'll add a touch of glitter to your winter garden beds. And because those listed are all evergreen, they'll be on duty during the darkest days of winter, when a colorful pick-me-up is most appreciated.
These are just a few to get you started—search the eGardenGo database for even more ideas. And of course, once you spot one that catches your eye, you'll want to click on through to get fresh plant combination ideas to help you figure out how to bring light into your winter garden.