The Power of Yellow

Lemony yellow daylily brightens the garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Lemony yellow daylily brightens the garden (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

I’m just mad about Saffron, Saffron’s mad about me, They call it mellow yellow, Quite rightly, Oh so yellow, Oh so mellow~ (Donovan Leitch, 1966).  Although the musician Donovan seemed to think the color yellow was quite mellow, most flowers of that hue are anything but. They’re electric . . . a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day, and simply irresistible! Luckily, yellow is an easy color to find if you want to add a few splashes to brighten your garden’s palette this year. [Read more…]

Bold and Beautiful Blossoms

Vibrant Orange Poppies Sizzle in the Garden in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Vibrant Orange Poppies Sizzle in the Garden (photo: Kathy Diemer)

Just as summer’s sun sets the sky ablaze, so too will bold blossoms sprinkled throughout your gardens.  As if you’re turning on a switch of colors; one touch creates a burst of sizzling orange, another ignites with flashes of fiery red, or brilliant amber petals illuminate an otherwise lackluster location. Now imagine kicking it up a notch . . . or two . . . and doubling or tripling the flower’s dimension to create a true explosion of color.  If this intensity boost sounds like something you’d want to plug into, read on to learn about some of my favorite buxom beauties sure to add spark to your gardens this season. [Read more…]

Queen of the Centaureas

Queen of the Centaureas | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Queen of the Centaureas (Photo Credit: Kathy Diemer)

When the sizzling days of summer arrive, the bold yellow thistle blooms of Centaurea macrocephala burst open to celebrate with a mini fireworks display.  This lady is the queen of sizzlers.  Each strong stem proudly holds a single golden torch like a beacon luring bees and humans alike to come in for a closer look.  The flower resembles a woven brown basket with sulfur yellow fringe hair popping out the top.  This plant is a show stopper from mid June to mid July, so be sure to plant it where you will enjoy its encore.  And don’t let the namesake of [Read more…]

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