Acid yellow is a wonderful colour in the garden at this time of year.
It looks good planted with most colours, especially the deep plum of Sambucus, orange tulips, white or just about any shade of blue.
An herbaceous perennial, it dies back in winter and emerges again in spring, its’ zingy yellow flowers begin in May and last for most of the summer.
Great as a cut flower, though wear gloves when cutting as it produces a milky-white sap that can irritate the skin, sear the stems in hot water to seal the ends.
1m x 1m
sun or part-shade in moist but well-drained soil.
Not so easy to grow as the Euphorbia, it has a much lighter, airy appearance and a good one if you like something a bit different.
Its a biennial so it grows one year and flowers the next.
Sow the seeds in autumn or spring where you want it to grow, it produces small green leaves in the first year then gets bigger and flowers the following year. After flowering it’ll scatter seeds around and reappear in subsequent years.
height 1 metre
grows best in sun or part-shade in moist but well-drained soil.
all photos: Jill Anderson