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michaelw1michaelw1 Posts: 34

I'm looking for suggestions of a small plant with bright yellow/lime green upright leaves for the front of a bed, for contrast. Ideally clumping and max 50cm height.

Flowering is a bonus but it's in shade so not crucial. It's quite hard to Google this info! 

Something like crocosmia/iris leaf shape would be nice (any really bright leaf varieties?). I already have hostas and phormium so can't really use these again. 

Any suggestions and ideas would be really appreciated! Thanks


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Photo might help 
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,756
    We have a lovely grass/sedge, with bright acid green leaves, and which does better in shade: Carex Oshimensis "Everillo".  It's clump forming and can easily be divided.

    It wouldn't fit the bill in terms of foliage shape, but what about Hakonechloa aureola, it has the right leaf colour for you, and it is better in shade.

    Don't know how shady your bed is, but there is a lovely annual grass called Milium effusum.  You would have to plant it annually, although it often self-seeds.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,112
    I agree with Milium effusium aureum, Bowles' Golden Grass (it's more acid yellow than gold).
    There is a yellow-variegated iris (pallida variegata aurea I think) - the flowers are light blue which might not suit, and possibly too tall.
    If you can loosen the requirement for narrow upright leaves, golden feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium aureum) might work.
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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,213
    Hakonechloa is a great choice. It works really well with all sorts of plants.

    As @JennyJ says, if you aren't hellbent on the shape of foliage, there are lots of Euphorbias which will suit. 

    I'm not sure there are many options for what you want. I can't think of anything that would suit exactly. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,688
    How about something like Tradescantia 'Blue 'n' Gold'.
  • strelitzia32strelitzia32 Posts: 767
    Nipfoffia.... Kipnoffia.... Nipphphpia.... Fofffnippia.... 

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  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807
    One of those little euonymuses can have bright new growth.  And look quite as a bulb partner, giving a little evergreen interest.
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