Gardeners know that chartreuse can be combined with nearly anything, and also the range of plant choices is growing each year. Below are some ways to utilize old favorites, new cultivars and bold accents to provide garden spaces additional flair.

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1. Go for impact with a wall. This low solitude wall repeats the vivid green of yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia spp, zones 7 to 10) in this unusual water garden made by Thomas Hoblyn to get London’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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2. Use distance. Low-growing chartreuse plants enliven a living wall, complementing the greenish blues of the glazed pottery in this terrace at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco. I really like the way the cool greens pop against the red siding.

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3. Paint your door. While most of us prefer to stick with traditional colors, a chartreuse entrance is enjoyable in the ideal setting. The door at this contemporary Seattle home would look great hung with chili pepper lights wrapped round garlands of ivy.

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4. Enliven foundation plantings. With its feathery appearance and finely cut foliage, Golden Elderberry (Sambucus racemosa‘Sutherland Gold’, zones 3 to 8) makes a fantastic choice for foundation plantings in colour, and it tolerates moist conditions.


5. Integrate art with plantings. The homeowners have hung a weather-resistant modern art bit onto a swimming pool enclosure wall and also utilized chartreuse pillows to select up its trendy disposition at this Oregon home. The subject is repeated by lime-colored shrubs in containers.

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6. Play with form. Bowles Golden Sedge (Carex elata‘Aurea’, zones 5 to 9) creates the golden tuft of hair in this Vermont backyard. With its slim, grasslike type, it creates a perfect contrast plant for large-leaf hosta or black cohosh (Cimicifuga ramosa‘Brunette’ or’Hillside Black Beauty’).

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7. Bring red into mixed plantings. Containers soda with contrast in this Seattle backyard. For maximum impact, pair red or burgundy coleus with golden sweet potato vine in bathtubs and blend in vivid pink annuals for extra punch.

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8. Use plants that are small as ornamental objects. I love the simplicity of the tabletop centerpiece in San Diego. The low-growing sedum (Sedum rupestre‘Angelina’, zones 3 to 8) is extremely touchable, has yellow-green new growth and looks fantastic in this black terrazzo pot.

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9. Let the shade garden be a swirl of green. Hostas (zones 3 to 9) are easily split anytime from spring through autumn, so gardeners don’t have any excuse to not mix and match — frequently. Once you start adding, watch out: Hostas are slightly addictive, as the colour permutations are endless.

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10. Create a small space feel bigger. Repeated stains of chartreuse deliver a feeling of brightness to the narrow backyard, which might otherwise have felt cramped. Plants with variegated leaves, fine texture and wide forms help brighten up the setting, and the orange lily provides good contrast.

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11. Slopes can be amazing, too. That is’Aureola’ (Hakonechloa macro‘Aureola’, zones 5 to 9), named Perennial Plant of the Year in 2009. Here it’s been planted on a dishonest bank among violets, hostas, ferns and epimedium, and creates a gorgeous focal point as it spills down the slope.

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12. Cover the ground with bold shade. This mass planting of Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macro‘All Gold’, zones 6 to 9) really stands out, doesn’t have any variegation and is much more significantly yellowish than’Aureola’. In addition, it is acceptable for sun and looks amazing with dispersing annuals.

13. Repeat colour to draw the attention on points. Can you see the cow? I really like the way the chartreuse pathway plantings join with all the much bed and attract the attention on the sculpture. It is a harmonious composition that’s lively and enjoyable.

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14. Concentrate on small details. Some of the easiest perennials to grow, lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis, zones 3 to 7) creates whorls of delicate light green florets on airy stems in midseason that combine beautifully with pale lavender cranesbill.

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15. Purple makes a fantastic companion colour. Try developing ornamental onion (Allium spp) using spurge (Euphorbia spp) for cut flower arrangements. The colors clash attractively, and it works differently. Do not ask me how.

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16. Ensure children’s play arrangements wildly enjoyable. This playhouse in the Cleveland Botanical Garden has a chartreuse painted green roof that’s full of prairie plants — certainly eye catching.

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17. Show your style. Another eye-catching structure that creates a statement, this Los Angeles construction is difficult to miss. Look closely in the exterior walls to see the colors of bright green utilized.

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18. Bring a sense of character to outdoor living rooms. Pale green accents on this daybed produce a soothing mood and combine well with wood walls and trim, bringing character a little closer to the comforts of home.


19. Produce a stylish terrace with all-weather cushions. Lightweight pillows in lime green aid anchor a seating area and tie in to the planters and surrounding plant. Offer your patio cushions a style redo using a mix of glowing greens.

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20. Cool down. Make a backyard retreat more inviting using subtle variations of green, and also place comfortable furniture in a place that permits comfort and comfort. When it’s hot, nothing stinks like green.

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