Hi @mathewdavidbrown, it could be that many garden designers are guided by the effect of "visual noise" in a garden, for example, soft blues, purples and whites can create a sense of calm, enabling you to relax and enjoy your private space. In everyday life, yellow is commonly used to create awareness of danger, alert, hazard, ie it is visually noisy. It's fine in the garden if you want to create vibrancy but often we want to relax. It's a case of choosing what suits the mood I think, like wearing something subtle for a relaxing meal out, leaving that high-vis vest behind!
I think what can cause difficulty is that some gardeners do not differentiate between a warm yellow and a cool yellow ... they can have different effects on the colours around them. Folk seem to 'get' the difference between warm blues and cool blues, and the same with pinks ... but it seems that many gardeners just see 'yellow' as yellow.
Hi all. My garden heck of the week: I've seen it mentioned that yellow flowers are to be avoided in borders. Of course people will tell me to use whatever flowers I like and rules be damned, and trust me, my potentilla 'Golden Punch' aren't going anywhere. I'm just fascinated by design lore and what makes certain gardens look special. Any thoughts on this trope much appreciated. Thanks
For me, the season matters too. I don't like to see some yellows in spring but they're fine in the summer. In the winter, practically any colour is welcome!
Presumably spouted by some garden design expert! Simple answer to the question - It's your garden so have what you like in it. There are a couple of plants which I absolutely hate but I wouldn't tell anybody else not to have them.
Colour, whether it be in your home decor or your garden, is purely a matter of taste as well as perception.
Yellow ? Look at Dandelions, fields of Sunflowers, Narcissus, Primulas - list is endless. It can be cheering or make you grind your teeth. Plant what you like and ignore the experts - you are the one looking at/admiring your garden and if others find it disturbing they can always avert their gaze