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04/07/2009


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LYSIMACHIA - YELLOW LOOSESTRIFE

Lysimachia punctata, a perennial with whorls of buttercup-yellow flowers which reaches medium height in a border. Mine is situated in a sunny position and seems happy enough, although I would say, with lack of moisture, it does possibly go to seed more quickly than it would in a semi-shade position.

On a recent visit to Barrington Court in Somerset, owned by the National Trust, I noticed it was being used alongside a stream, which seemed to suit this plant very well.



Over the years I have tried to restrict the use of yellow around the garden but having inherited the aforementioned yellow Lysimachia, yellow shrubs such as Hypericum and the bog loving yellow Iris pseudecorus, the only way to completely elimate it would be through much hard work. Anyway, why should I go to all the trouble? Each in their own right makes a great addition to any garden, most noteably a cottage style one, and yellow plants do look great when planted alongside the cool colours, and even with a hot orange!

I know the great late Christopher Lloyd found great pleasure in mixing every colour under the sun together, and having visited his beautiful gardens at Great Dixter rate his ideas with much esteem, but I myself find yellow so difficult to get right alongside the other colours in my garden.

As you can see by the photo above, it is not impossible, the hot yellow of Lysimachia against the cool cream of Iris, makes for a perfect combination.
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6 comments:

nikkipolani said...

Love the sunshiny joy of the lysimachia. You're right about the iris (such a unique one with those thin petals - or perhaps it's the angle of the photo).

Flighty said...

Nice post and photos, and I really like yellow flowers!

Amanda said...

My parents have something that looks similar to that (maybe is the same thing, I don't know) which is beautiful in the garden but once picked the flowers drop off one by one so very quickly - so sad!

Marie said...

I adore this loosestrife.

Carol said...

I love yellow in the garden it really does cheer things up.
I have looked back at all your great photos Louise, love the Union Jack...brilliant.
Cx

sheila said...

I live this stuff! My daughter likes to press it because the flowers are star-shaped. I like it because it lasts forever in a vase.