Abies koreana 'Aurea'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
In June of this year I went on a bit of a shopping spree at Whistling Gardens; a sort of birthday present to myself, is how I described the purchase of four trees, Abies koreana 'Aurea', Acer campestre 'Carnival', Catalpa bignonioides ' Aurea' and Ulmus hollandica 'Aurea'.
You will notice a lot of Aurea in those names and it wasn't until I got back home that I wondered if I'd gone a little overboard on the golds. I already have Cotinus "Golden Spirit' and Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' as well as many golden leaved perennials, but I figured that since this is a city garden I am hardly creating a naturalistic landscape and feel there is still room for a little more fanciful artifice. Having decided this, I am hoping to incorporate them into my garden as part of what I am beginning to call "The Big Edit of 2010" starting in the Autumn.
I know that my fellow Ontario garden blogger Teza is also very fond of this colour, and Deborah of Kilbourne Grove also has a soft spot for Aurea, especially in the form of Hakonechloa. I wonder if there is something about the quality of light in this part of the world that makes the aureous leaved plant so irresistible?