20 Ways to Create a Chartreuse Splash in the Landscape
Use this hot garden color for plantings, paint and accessories to create a cool outdoor vibe
Design-savvy gardeners know that chartreuse can be combined with pretty much anything, and the range of plant choices is growing every year. Here are some ways to use old favorites, new cultivars and bold accents to give garden spaces added flair.
4. Enliven foundation plantings. With its feathery appearance and finely cut foliage, Golden Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold', zones 3 to 8) makes a good choice for foundation plantings in shade, and it tolerates wet conditions.
5. Integrate art with plantings. The homeowners have hung a weather-resistant contemporary art piece on a pool enclosure wall and used chartreuse pillows to pick up its cool mood at this Oregon home. Lime-colored shrubs in containers repeat the theme.
6. Play with form. Bowles Golden Sedge (Carex elata 'Aurea', zones 5 to 9) forms the golden tuft of hair in this Vermont garden. With its thin, grasslike form, it makes a perfect contrast plant for large-leaf hosta or black cohosh (Cimicifuga ramosa 'Brunette' or 'Hillside Black Beauty').
9. Let the shade garden be a swirl of bright green. Hostas (zones 3 to 9) are easily divided anytime from spring through fall, so gardeners have no excuse not to mix and match — frequently. Once you start adding, watch out: Hostas are slightly addictive, as the color permutations are endless.
10. Make a small space feel bigger. Repeated patches of chartreuse bring a sense of brightness to this narrow garden, which might otherwise have felt cramped. Plants with variegated leaves, fine texture and broad forms help liven up the setting, and the orange lily provides good contrast.
11. Slopes can be beautiful, too. This is ‘Aureola’ (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, zones 5 to 9), named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2009. Here it has been planted on a shady bank among violets, hostas, ferns and epimedium, and forms a stunning focal point as it spills down the slope.
12. Cover the ground with bold color. This mass planting of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’, zones 6 to 9) really stands out, doesn’t have any variegation and is more intensely yellow than ‘Aureola’. It’s also suitable for sun and looks great with spreading annuals.
14. Focus on small details. One of the easiest perennials to grow, lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis, zones 3 to 7) produces whorls of delicate light green florets on airy stems in midseason that combine beautifully with pale lavender cranesbill.
16. Make children's play structures wildly fun. This playhouse at the Cleveland Botanical Garden has a chartreuse painted green roof that's filled with prairie plants — definitely eye catching.
17. Show your style. Another eye-catching structure that makes a statement, this Los Angeles building is hard to miss. Look carefully at the exterior walls to see all the shades of bright green used.
18. Bring a sense of nature to outdoor living rooms. Pale green accents on this daybed create a soothing mood and combine well with wood trim and walls, bringing nature a little closer to the comforts of home.
19. Create a hip patio with all-weather cushions. Lightweight pillows in lime green help anchor a seating area and visually tie in to the tall planters and surrounding vegetation. Give your patio cushions a fashion redo with a mix of bright greens.
20. Cool down. Make a backyard retreat more inviting with subtle variations of green, and put comfortable furniture in a location that allows for relaxation and comfort. When it's hot, nothing cools like green.
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