by Cathy Carr, APLD Landscape Design Consultant
Yellow, pink, and green are the essential colors of spring.
YELLOW is an emblem of hope and happiness.
The color of our sun, it illuminates and brightens.
I’m sure you’ve noticed: there are lots of yellow flowers in the spring. Most years in my garden, winter aconites (Eranthis) are emerging and even blooming by February. Oregon grapeholly, Mahonia spps., blooms fragrantly nearby. These harbingers of spring precede the softer yellow blossoms of winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), which punctuate bright green stems. Forsythia bloom later than the jasmine, in sunnier shades. Of course, daffodils (Narcissus) are also usually some shade of yellow, as are many crocuses.
Because the sky is so visible is early spring, the soft haze thickening the branches of deciduous trees is quite noticeable. The delicate, quiet, buttercup yellow blossoms of Corneliancherry dogwood, Cornus mas, and fragrant winterhazel, Corylopsis pauciflora, are especially stunning when fronting evergreen trees.
Pink is another recurrent color of spring.
PINK is a soothing salve, suffusing us with peace and contentment. Continue reading