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What's Your Color? Chartreuse

Learn about ways to use Chartreuse in the garden, along with plants that sport the color.

Contributors: Kerry Meyer

Using Chartreuse in the Garden

There are as many ways to use color in the garden as there are gardens.  When designing a bed or container it is always good to think about the impact you want that bed to have.  Are you looking for something soothing and calm, or are you looking for something bright and invigorating?  Are you trying to make the space feel more open and spacious, or are you going for cozy and enclosed?  Are you looking to make something fade into the background - like your air conditioner or are you trying to draw attention - like the main entry for your home? Which colors you choose is one of the methods you can use to achieve your goal.

Let's take a look at chartreuse and talk about the effects this color has in the garden. 

Green functions as a neutral in the garden and the yellow-green color often known as chartreuse is no different.  It is versatile and can be paired with virtually every other flower and foliage color you can find.  It is also quite bold and will enliven plantings.  It is a bright color and will draw attention, as well as making smaller spaces feel more spacious. 

What a difference a plant makes.

I think there is a tendency to believe that changing the look and feel of a space needs to mean drastic changes.  The reality is that swapping out a single plant can make a big difference. The two combinations below both have Superbells® Grape Punch and Superbells® Miss Lilac.  The only difference is that one has a dark colored sweet potato vine and the other has a chartreuse sweet potato vine.  The planter with the dark colored sweet potato vine recedes on the page, while those with the chartreuse really jump out at you. 


The two examples below demonstrate the same thing.  The two combos to the left both have Superbells Cherry Star and Superbells® Yellow Chiffon.  The two combos to the right are a slightly different case.  They both share Superbena® Peachy Keen, but the one to the left gets its red color from Supertunia® Really Red, while the one on the right contains Superbena® Royale Iced Cherry.  The one on the left has a dark colored sweet potato vine, the one on the right has a chartreuse version.  By looking at these examples you should be starting to see how adding chartreuse to a combination can brighten a combo and add more contrast.

This works in landscapes, just as it does in containers.  The photos are harder to come by, so I have one example. 

Highlight a Feature

Because bright colors are eye-catching, they are a natural choice if you want to highlight something in your garden - a seating space, your front door or a piece of art, for instance.  By utilizing bright colors, such as chartreuse, you can subtly draw your guests' eyes to important features.  For instance, if you have two doors visible when guests arrive at your home.  Brightly colored plants near one of the two can innately draw your guests to the preferred entry.


Bring Light to Shady Spots

Since chartreuse is so good at adding brightness, it is a natural for shady spots that could use an infusion of light. 

Create a Lively Space

Chartreuse used with other bright colors like red, orange, yellow and gold will create a sunny, happy space or combination planter.  Warm colors such as these are wonderful to use in outdoor rooms where you host parties or the kids like to play.  These color combinations put people in the mood to have a fun time. 

Create Contrast

Chartreuse is excellent at creating contrast and drama.  While ColorBlaze® Kingswood Torch is always eye-catching, but when it is combined with chartreuse, it has tons of drama.  Knot Gardens are precisely laid out gardens and the chartreuse is what really defines the pattern in this version.  Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® looks even better when chartreuse is used as a foil.  With highly contrasting foliage, flowers aren't even necessary for color and drama.

 Combination Inspiration

Chartreuse works with every color of the rainbow.  Here are a few examples of combinations of red and chartreuse.


Now, a few that use purple and pink.

Finally, a few that use mostly yellow along with the chartreuse.

For more ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Plants to Use - Annuals and Perennials

Chartreuse can be a great addition to any garden or combination.  Here are some plants to consider, if you want to try the color chartreuse in your garden. 

Illusion® Emerald Lace Ipomoea

Sweet Caroline Bewitched Green with Envy Ipomoea

Sweet Caroline Kiwi Ipomoea

'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Ipomoea

'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Lime' Ipomoea

Proven Accents® 'Golden Delicious Salvia

ColorBlaze® Lime Time Solenostemon

 ColorBlaze® Golden DreamsTM Solenostemon

 Lemon Coral Sedum

'Coast to Coast' Hosta

'Eye Spy' Heucherella



Plants to Use - Shrubs

Sunshine Blue® II Caryopteris

Lil Miss Sunshine Caryopteris

Chardonnay Pearls® Deutzia




Castle Gold Ilex

Good Vibrations® Gold Juniperus


Lemony Lace Sambucus

Double Play® Gold Spiraea

Glow Girl® Spiraea



Anna's Magic Ball Thuja

'Filip's Magic Moment' Thuja

Ghost Weigela

My Monet® 'Sunset' Weigelia





Patent Info: Lil Miss Sunshine Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Janice' USPP 22,160; Sunshine Blue® II Caryopteris incana 'SMNCVH' USPPAF, Can 2,316; Chardonnay Pearls® Deutzia gracilis 'Duncan' PP: 16098 Can. PP: 2640;  Castle Gold Ilex x meserveae 'Gold Princess' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Good Vibrations® Gold Juniperus horizontalis 'Hegedus' USPP 22,743, Can 4,643; Lemony Lace Sambucus racemosa 'SMNSRD4' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Double Play® Gold Spiraea japonica 'Yan' USPP 21,615, Can 4,074; Glow Girl® Spiraea 'Tor Gold' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Anna's Magic Ball Thuja occidentalis 'Anna Van Vloten' USPPAF, Can PBRAF; 'Filip's Magic Moment' Thuja occidentalis 'Filips Magic Moment' USPP 21,974, Can PBRAF; Ghost Weigela florida 'Carlton' PP: 20025 Can. PP: 3860;  My Monet® 'Sunset' Weigela florida USPP 23,212, Can 4,691; Illusion® Emerald Lace Ipomoea batatas 'NCORNSP012EMLC' PP: 21744 Can. PP: 4162;  'Sweet Caroline Light Green' Ipomoea batatas PP: 15028 Can. PP: 2975; 'Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Light Green' Ipomoea batatas PP: 18572 Can. PP: 2901; ColorBlaze® Lime Time Solenostemon scutellarioides USPPAF; 'Coast to Coast' Hosta USPPAF, Can PBRAF; 'Leapfrog' Heucherella USPPAF, Can PBRAF; Dolce® Key Lime Pie Heuchera 'TNHEU042' USPP 16,735, Can 2,564; Supertunia® Raspberry Blast® Petunia hybrid 'Temari' USPP 16,588, Can 3,314; Diamond Frost® Euphorbia hybrid 'Inneuphdia' USPP 17,567, Can 2,830; Superbells® Grape Punch Calibrachoa hybrid 'USCAL84704' PP: 23231 Can. PP: 4592; Superbells® Miss Lilac Calibrachoa hybrid 'USCAL87502' PP: 23230 Can. PP: 4593;  Superbells® Cherry Star Calibrachoa hybrid 'USCAL91001' USPP 23,232, Can 4,594; Superbells® Yellow Chiffon Calibrachoa hybrid 'USCALI4021' PP: 19480 Can. PP: 3631;  Superbena® Royale Peachy Keen Verbena hybrid 'VEAZ0003' PP: 23596 Can. PP: 2173; Supertunia® Red Petunia hybrid 'USTUNI223' USPP 14,871, Can 1,937; Superbena® Royale Iced Cherry Verbena hybrid 'INVEBROICH' PP: 23218 Can. PP: 4587;  Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum® Petunia hybrid 'USTUNI6001' USPP 17,730, Can 2,871;

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