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Chartreuse in the Garden

Chartreuse is the new black! It pairs well with almost every color, so you can think of it as a neutral. Incorporate mass groupings of plants with chartreuse leaves and blooms as a backdrop to other plants. Or dot your landscape with splashes of this haute hue.

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For shady gardens, include plants with chartreuse foliage as focal points to add the illusion of light to the area. Or add drama to your design by using eye-catching foliage to make a statement. Mass groupings of Japanese forest grass and ‘Angelina’ sedum pair beautifully with the burgundy foliage of mondo grass to create a flowing effect in the garden.

There are lots of plants with chartreuse foliage or flowers that would work in your landscape. Here are a few of our favorites.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Coconut Lime’

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Your cottage garden wouldn’t be complete without the addition of lime-green coneflowers. The compact size and soft shade of the flower head complements any garden theme and attracts butterflies at the same time. Zone 5-9.

See more coneflowers in our encyclopedia.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’

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Finally, an ornamental grass that thrives in the shade! The lime-and-white variegated foliage of the Japanese forest grass cascades beautifully at the edge of a flower bed in the darkest corners of your garden. An added bonus — the foliage turns shades of pink in the fall. Zones 5-9.

Learn more about Japanese forest grass.

Heuchera ‘Electra’

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There are many varieties of coralbells, but ‘Electra’ shines the brightest with its red-veined, lime-green foliage. Its compact growth habit makes “Electra” ideal for the edge of your planting bed, grouped in mass or standing alone in a full to partially shaded garden. Zones 4-9.

See more coralbells in our encyclopedia.

Tradescantia ‘Sweet Kate’

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Probably the sharpest hue of chartreuse, ‘Sweet Kate’ spiderwort is sure to catch your eye with its almost iridescent, spiky foliage that thrives in a wet garden. Plant in a mass grouping to highlight its deep-purple, almost blue flowers. Zones 4-8.

See more spiderworts in our encyclopedia.

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’

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The perfect “spiller” for your container garden or groundcover for your landscape, creeping Jenny adds a sprawling texture complementing any plant combination. Zones 4-8.

Learn more about creeping Jenny in our encyclopedia.

Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’

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A newer, more compact variety of sumac, the graceful, chartreuse foliage of ‘Tiger Eyes’ plays well as the main focal point of your garden or as a mass grouping. Plant in full sun for the brightest lime-green leaves and get an added bonus with a fall show of orange and red. Zones 4-8.

Learn more about sumac in our encyclopedia.

Ipomoea batatas ‘Illusion Emerald Lace’

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Sweet potato vine is another great chartreuse “spiller” for your container annual gardens. ‘Illusion Emerald Lace’ can grow up to 10 inches tall and spread 4 feet, creating a mound effect. Combine with other annuals like lobelia, salvia, and zonal geraniums for sun-loving display.

See more sweet potato vines in our encyclopedia.

Hosta ‘Daybreak’

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Hostas come in nearly every shade of green, but here’s one that’s as chartreuse as any we’ve found. Grow ‘Daybreak’ in shade or partial shade in moist but well-drained soil. Zones 3-9.

See more hostas in our encyclopedia.

Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’

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‘Ogon’ is a textural eye-catcher with its shiny, round, cream-yellow leaves. Grace the edges of pots or let this sedum wander through your rock garden. Grow in full sun. Zones 6-9.

Acer shirasawanum ‘Autumn Moon’

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Several Japanese maples display chartreuse color, either on new growth or all season long. As with all maples, you’ll get a colorful leaf change in the fall. Zones 5-9.

See more maples in our encyclopedia.

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Chartreuse’

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With the hundreds of coleus available, it’s hard to believe that a new one can offer anything different. But ‘Chartreuse’ caught our eye with its stunning, contrasting leaf color and tidy, upright habit.

See more edged-leaf coleus in our encyclopedia.

Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘The Line’

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For instant chartreuse gratification, look no further than ‘The Line’ coleus. This quick-growing annual is happy in containers or set out in your garden after spring’s last frost.

Focus on Chartreuse

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For a casual bouquet in upscale colors, chartreuse blooms and berries hit the spot. For this posy, we picked hydrangea blooms from our garden and added sprigs of Hypericum with berries, pincushion mums, and bells of Ireland from our local wholesale florist.

10 Fabulous Chartreuse Plants to Make Your Garden Glow

Sweet Caroline Kiwi™ Ipomoea(Sweet Potato Vine)

New! This well-behaved sweet potato vine won’t overrun its neighbors in container recipes and keeps its bright kiwi green color all season, even in full, hot sun.

6-16” tall, part sun to sun, annual

More chartreuse sweet potato vines: Illusion® Emerald Lace, Sweet Caroline Bewitched Green with Envy™, ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’, Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Lime

Rockin’® ‘Golden Delicious’
(Golden Leaved Pineapple Sage)

New! Thriving in both sun and shade, this plant forms a large clump of pineapple-scented, yellow to chartreuse foliage. Perfect for large containers and landscapes.

3-4’ tall, part sun to sun, annual except in zones 8-11

ColorBlaze® Golden Dreams™ Solenostemon (Coleus)

New! Add some WOW! power to your containers or landscape with this amazing coleus. It grows quickly to form a large, bushy clump of fantastic foliage.

2-3’ tall, sun or shade, annual

More chartreuse coleus: ColorBlaze® Lime Time™, ColorBlaze® Royale Alligator Tears®

Lemon Coral® Sedum mexicanum

2019 Annual of the Year! Easy, versatile and fun are three reasons you’ll want to grow Lemon Coral. This spiky-yet-soft succulent forms a thick carpet of beautifully textured, glowing chartreuse color.

3-10” tall, part sun to sun, annual except in zones 7-11

Dolce® ‘Apple Twist’Heuchera(Coral Bells)

New! Watch this pretty perennial as it transforms from yellow with splashes of red in the spring to granny smith apple green in summer. Great in containers and at the border’s edge.

10-12” tall, part shade to shade, hardy perennial in zones 4-9

More chartreuse coral bells: Dolce® ‘Appletini’, Primo® ‘Pretty Pistachio’

We love chartreuse foliage plants and flowers because they combine oh so well with all other colors and really get our eyeballs open wide. Chartreuse falls in between yellow and green on the color wheel so you’ll see different variations of it.

Many do well in the shade or partial shade so you can really brighten up a darker spot with chartreuse foliage plants. Who needs flowers when you have something so dazzling and bright!

Chartreuse is a very versatile color but pairs strikingly well with blue, black and purple. It’s that light/dark contrast that many of us love in the garden. This by no means shows you all the chartreuse foliage plants out there but will give you a sampling of shrubs, perennials, annuals, and vines to mull over. These pictures, and the video clips were taken mainly in California along the coast.

Chartreuse foliage plants to make your garden shine:

Here are some more plants with fabulous foliage to add interest to your garden without using flowers. Chartreuse foliage plants steal the show when paired with other colors so you can use them sparingly for a subtle “look at me” or en masse for a big “wowza”. Either way, they’re the cat’s meow in our book.

Sweet Potato Vine. Perennial; Sold As Annual.

These vines can usually be found spilling out of containers. They won’t grow sweet potatoes but are sure to add brightness to your garden. Combine this with dark purple variety and they won’t go unnoticed.

Coleus. Perennials; Sold As Annuals.

Coleus went out of favor for a bit but now they are back with a bang. They’re sold for their showy foliage rather than the flowers. And boy, some wildly patterned ones have appeared on the market lately. Coleus are great in containers and combine beautifully with other plants. They run the exposure gamut from shade to sun. They’re also very easy to propagate which Nell can show you on her post: Propagating My Coleus.

Sedum Ogon. Succulent Ground Cover.

What’s good about ground covers is that they’ll take up a big part of the garden. If healthy and well established, this 1 will look like a dreamy chartreuse mat. It’s a low growing, mellow chartreuse ground cover. It works well in dry to medium moisture; but not desert dry.

Sedum Angelina. Succulent, Ground Cover.

This is another succulent ground cover we love that’s a bit wilder looking than Sedum Ogon. It grows taller and has a somewhat rampant growth habit and also forms a mat. It’ll add a cheerful fun look to your garden but be warned: it does spread.

Bird’s Nest Fern. Perennial.

Personally, this has to be one of the most attractive ferns. Those big bold leaves send me to the moon and back. If you’re far from a tropical place (that’s where they like to grow outdoors) don’t you worry because they can also be taken indoors.

They grow pretty big as far as ferns go – the one pictured here was a bit bigger than 4′ tall!

Lysimachia Aurea. Perennial.

This is a low growing, creeping ground cover that can also spill quite nicely over walls. Nell’s client had 1 growing in a container and was planted in the ground as it got too big. It’s now covered over half of the front porch bed. Friendly warning: this one really travels!

Foxtail Agave Kara’s Stripes. Succulent.

Spine free and oh so good looking, Foxtail Agave Kara’s Stripes is meant to start conversations. They can eventually get pretty big, but do grow slowly. If you want it to reach it’s full beauty potential, be sure to give it bright light and plenty of water. This succulent looks best with moderate water.

Bougainvillea Golden Jackpot. Vine/Shrub.

At Joy Us garden, we crush on bougainvilleas. These thorny plants happen to be one of our favorite and one of the most popular topic with our readers.

What we love about Golden Jackpot, in particular, is the Chartreuse leaves combined with the vivid magenta flowers. This vine/shrub will cheer you up and make you forget the thorns while pruning it.

If you need some basic care tips check out: Care & Growing Tips For Bougainvillea: A Flowering Machine.

To get more blooms: How I Prune & Trim My Bougainvillea For Maximum Bloom.

And if you are just getting started and need to plant it: How To Plant Bougainvillea To Grow Successfully: The Most Important Thing To Know.

Golden Jade. Succulent.

Oh Jade Plants, some people love you and some don’t. Simply put, you’re just one of those plants that everyone seems to have an opinion on. Regardless of how the masses feel, this is 1 of the easiest care plants, in the garden or in the house, out there. Check out this post for care instructions.

How about you? Are you a big fan of chartreuse foliage plants too?

Happy gardening,

Nell & Lucy

Lime Green Perennials and Annuals: Lime Green Flowers For The Garden

Gardeners tend to get a little nervous about lime green perennials, which have a reputation for being difficult and clashing with other colors. Don’t be afraid of experimenting with chartreuse perennials for gardens; chances are good that you’ll be delighted with the results. Read on to learn about some of the best lime green perennials, including perennials with green flowers.

Perennials with Green Flowers

Although lime green perennials (and annuals) are bold, the color is surprisingly versatile and pairs well with plants of nearly every color under the sun. Chartreuse is a great attention-getter that works especially well in dark, shady corners. You can also use lime green perennials as a backdrop for other perennials, or to draw attention to a focal point such as a garden sculpture, picnic area or garden gate.

Note: Many perennials are grown as annuals in cooler climates.

Chartreuse Perennials for Gardens

Coral bells (Heuchera ‘Electra,’ ‘Key Lime Pie,’ or ‘Pistache’) Zones 4-9

Hosta (Hosta ‘Daybreak,’ ‘Coast to Coast,’ or ‘Lemon Lime’) Zones 3-9

Hellebore (Helleborus foetidus ‘Gold Bullion’) Zones 6-9

Leapfrog foamy bells (Heucherella ‘Leapfrog)’ Zones 4-9

Castle gold holly (Ilex ‘Castle Gold’) Zones 5-7

Limelight licorice plant (Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’) Zones 9-11

Wintercreeper (Euonymus fortunei ‘Goldy),’ Zones 5-8

Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’) Zones 5-9

Ogon Japanese sedum (Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’) Zones 6-11

Lime frost columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Lime Frost’) Zones 4-9

Lime Green Flowers

Lime green flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata ‘Hummingbird lemon lime’) Zones 9-11

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla sericata ‘Gold Strike’) Zones 3-8

Zinnia (Zinnia elegans) ‘Envy’ – Annual

Lime-green coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea ‘Coconut Lime’ or ‘Green Envy’) Zones 5-9

Limelight hardy hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’) Zones 3-9

Green lace primrose (Primula x polyanthus ‘Green Lace’) Zones 5-7

Solar yellow lamb’s tail (Chiastophyllum oppositifolum ‘Solar Yellow’) Zones 6-9

Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias Wulfenii) Zones 8-11

Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) Zones 2-10 – Annual

Having trouble thinking of catchy subject lines, promotions or newsletter topics? Leslie Leach, head of marketing and operations at Plantt, an e-commerce solution for garden centers, shared her expertise on email marketing basics and fun campaigns at Cultivate’19 in Columbus, Ohio.

Email basics

“First, it’s important to understand the five steps to a great customer email,” Leach said, “which are the subject line, body, CTA (call to action), timing and mobile.

For a strong subject line, she suggested using numbers and avoiding salesy language. For the body, Leach advised focusing on benefits, writing in third person and personalizing the message. For the call to action, Leach said it should be easy to spot and thoughtful and should avoid the overused, “shop now” language. She also advised to send emails any weekday between 10:00 and 11:00 A.M., and to always test emails on mobile phones to ensure device adaptability.

According to Leach, open rate is dependent upon how strong your subject line is, but the click through rate is equally important because it shows that consumers are digesting the information. “Click through rate is how well you deliver on what you promised in the subject line,” she said. “You want to bring those two things together for a great email.”

Email campaigns can fall into the welcome, promotional, social, automated, special and newsletter category. Leach suggested using an assortment of campaigns for creativity and personal touch.

Welcome email

A welcome email is used when an account is first created. It can incorporate a generic “thank you” to new users or the return policy to establish confidence for online shopping. “Any way to just make people feel comfortable about shopping with you,” Leach said.

Building trust

Email two is a follow-up that is intended to build trust between the company and consumer. According to Leach, using testimonials is a good way to connect and establish trust. “Sharing what people think of you makes you more credible in their eyes,” she said.

The abandoned cart email is used when potential shoppers move items to their cart, but never finish the check out process. This email reminds consumers about their items and shows them that you care. “A re-targeting ad is when someone visits a particular item on an e-commerce site and neglects it, but sees reminding ads afterwards,” Leach said. “This is the same but by email.” This is also a good chance to suggest similar items that may complement a purchase, she said.

Segmented emails

Segmentation is sending the right email to the right person at the right time. Some e-commerce behaviors that can be segmented are average order value, purchase frequency, previous purchases, products browsed, geographic location and personality.

Personalized emails

Personalized emails can also fall into the segmented category by separating consumers into potential customers, website shoppers and repeat shoppers. For potential shoppers, you can offer first-time only coupons, suggest products based off previous purchases for website shoppers and offer loyalty coupons and request product reviews from repeat shoppers.

Product promotion

Promotional emails are good for announcing new products and services or highlighting on-sale items. According to Leach, purchase rates are higher when a “click here” link is included.

The category sale email focuses on one department and includes a set time frame of when the sale begins and ends. According to Leach, this campaign can be fun by leveraging psychology. By using FOMO inducing language, or the fear of missing out verbiage such as “limited time only” or “just a few days left,” Leach said consumers are more likely to purchase items they think they cannot get any other time. Flipping language is another way to leverage psychology. “Instead of saying ‘$10 off,’ say they have $10 to spend to make it sound more like a gift or credit, rather than a percentage off,” Leach said.

Website-only offer

These campaigns are ideal for getting rid of leftover or excess items. They’re also a good way to get consumers to shop online and browse extra items they may be inspired to purchase.

Special occasion emails are great for capitalizing from birthdays, holidays and seasons, Leach said. Birthday emails can suggest personalized items, while holiday and seasonal emails can suggest themed gifts that are contingent upon on the time. Leach suggested building a 12-month calendar to stay organized.

Social engagement

“This is something you can do to strengthen your social media presence and following,” Leach said. “You can ask consumers to invite friends to sign up, take a photo with success stories and use special hashtags for your garden center.”

Educational emails

Educational campaigns can be a mixture of curated and written content to inspire purchases and share knowledge. “It’s a much lush way of educating and encouraging them to buy something,” Leach said. She suggested doing an email round-up of information that’s helpful to certain regions, seasons and popular purchases.

While Leach suggested using the campaigns that work for you, she advised using a mixture of emails, like these 11 campaigns, to keep consumers enthused, involved and looking for more.

A few weeks ago I posted about a garden in Cheshire, England I visited awhile back and one of the key features of the garden was the use of chartreuse perennials throughout the gardens. When viewing a garden you can appreciate the hue spectrum found in green foliage. In particular, chartreuse is a great color to add to the garden given its distance from “grass green” in the color spectrum.


I have curated a group of six perennials and shrubs with chartreuse foliage you can in corporate into your garden and container designs. These are all plants I have used in my designs and have had great success with. Also, the list is limited to perennials and shrubs because the list of annuals would be endless.


A successful garden and container design is created by the relationship of the plants selected and how the play with (or against) another. One of my favorite combos with chartreuse plants are those with black/purple green foliage. The high contrast of the two shades, highlight both colors’ uniqueness.


Here are links to plant profiles and growers for the six plants profiled. You can use these links to confirm if a plant will work in your zone, sun exposure and soil conditions. (CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO LINK OUT)

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