Thursday, July 23, 2009

Yellow variegation adds a summer glow to your garden

During May Grey we talked about grey foliage, and I posted my favorite blue foliage plants during June Gloom, so sunny July calls for something brighter. Adding cream and yellow variegated plants to your garden brings the look of a sunny summer day to your garden year round. They mix beautifully with the blue foliage plants. Variegation can add brightness to a dark, shady spot in your garden, or act as an eye-catching focal point.

Remember that there is too much of a good thing. A garden dominated by these plants can seem desert-like or dried out, like an overexposed photo.

The plants shown here are: Phormium 'Cream Delight', Westringia 'Morning Light', Coprosma kirkii variegata, Calamagrostis 'Overdam', and Agave angustifolia marginata.

Intersted in a colorful garden of your own? We'd love to help! Please go to and fill in the contact us form. Sage Outdoor Designs is a San Diego landscape design firm. Our Principal, Kate Wiseman, has been a San Diego landscape designer for the past ten years- ask how she can help transform your garden into the one you always wanted.

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