Melinda's Gardening Moment: Brighten the landscape with yellow evergreens

Melinda Gardening Moment: Brighten the Landscape with Yellow Evergreens (Melinda Myers)

Gardening expert Melinda Myers says you can add a bit of sunshine, optimism and cheer to your landscape year-round with yellow-needled evergreens.

"Enjoy the bright yellow foliage of Golden mops Chamaecyparis (Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Golden Mop’ hardy in zones 5 to 8) year-round. The fine foliage of this mounded dwarf conifer adds color and texture to perennial gardens and mixed borders.

"You won’t need pruners to maintain the pyramidal shape of the semi-dwarf Gold Drop arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Gold Drop’ hardy in zones 4 to 7). Plus, the golden tipped branches maintain their color throughout the year.

"The yellow needles of this pine (Morel Red Pine, Pinus resinosa ‘Morel hardy in zones 2 to 8) combine nicely with perennials like this coreopsis. And they are sure to brighten those gloomy winter days as they turn bright golden yellow.

"Light up the shade with Golden Duchess hemlock’s (Tsuga canadensis ‘MonKinn’) hardy in zones 4 to 7) graceful branches covered with vibrant yellow needles. Mulch to keep the roots cool and moist, provide afternoon shade and in colder climates protect from drying winter winds and sun.

"A bit more information: Extend the sunshine into those shady corners of the landscape with Gold Heart Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’). The narrow leaves combine nicely with the bold leaves of green and blue hostas."

About Melinda Myers

Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She is the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and in 2017 was inducted into the national Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website,, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening tips and much more.

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