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Colour - Yellow

Colour - Yellow

Yellow is a colour for brave people. It is daring, brash and proudly stands out amongst other colours. The brilliance of yellow can make items in that colour look more dominant, closer than what they really are and can ‘heat’ up an area due to its radiance. It is a colour cherished in cooler climates and celebrated in warm climates.


Tropical gardens tend to be splashed with yellow in the form of flowers and leaves.

More temperate gardens are graced with autumn tones of yellows, browns and reds plus are punctuated in spring with lively yellows in flowering annuals, perennials and bulbs.


Yellow is considered good for memory, concentration, clarity and decision making – ideal for students and intellects. This colour is also great for relief from panic and nervousness.


Too much though in summer can make a garden feel uncomfortable. Care is needed not to overdo this colour in hot climates.



Yellow flowering Australian Natives:-

·          Wattles (Acacia species) – variable trees shrubs

·          Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos species) – herbaceous plants for cooler districts

·          Banksias (Banksia spinulosa) – shrub for well drained soils

·          Cassia tomentella & Cassia sp. Paluma Range – small trees worth growing

·          Goodenia grandiflora – small herbaceous plant

·          Grevillea hybrids – highly attractive to wildlife

·          Hibbertia species – variable creepers and climbers

·          Pultenaea species – shrubs with yellow-orange flowers

·          Perfume Tree (Cananga odorata) – tree for tropics and subtropics

·          Native Frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum) – tree to 6m, scented flowers

·          Golden Myrtle (Metrosideros queenslandica) – shrub to 4m

·          Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) – tree to 6m, large golden flowers

·          Crown of Gold (Barklya syringifolia) – tree to 6m in cultivation with heart-shaped leaves and stunning blooms – Beautiful!

·          Asteromyrtus symphyocarpa – tree to 4m, weeping foliage, golden orb flowers

Yellow flowering non-Natives:-

·          Allamanda cathartica and cultivar forms – climber

·          Impatiens repens – ground cover form often used in  hanging baskets

·          Aloe species – herbaceous plant with some species having yellow flowers

·          Pinto Peanut (Arachis pintoi) – groundcover

·          Canna hybrids – herbaceous plant

·          Crossandra infundibuliformis ‘Lutea’

·          Dietes bicolor – strappy grasslike plant

·          Bromeliads – many forms and genera with yellow blossoms

·          Heliconias – many cultivated forms with yellow flowers

·          Ixora cultivars

·          Roses – well known shrub with hundreds of cultivars

·          Sanchezia speciosa – shrub to 2m with attractive leaves and yellow flowers

·          Tecomaria capensis ‘Aurea’ – shrub to 3m

·          Turnea ulmifolia – small herbaceous ground cover / shrub

·          Zephranthes citrina


For more information on Yellow, read Issue 11 of subTropical Gardening… www.stgmagazine.com.au


Article by Paul Plant

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