4 Perfect Pairings for Chartreuse in the Garden

June 8, 2015

I’ve turned into a weird hoarder when it comes to Chartreuse plants in my garden.  They have always been a favorite of mine.  It only takes a few to make a really big impact so I find myself taking extra efforts to place them in just the right spot. I think harder about where to put Chartreuse than I do any other colored plant – probably because I know  it will be draw me in like a kid to an ice cream truck.  In my obsessing, I’ve started to develop a bit of preference for a few specific color combos.

Chartreuse & Purple

Columbine and sunshine blue caryopteris by rochelle greayer

The idea of a purple and green or yellow (Chartreuse being the sum of these two) color scheme inside my home is something I’d never be tempted towards, but in the garden, is an all time favorite.  Chartreuse and purple (being opposites on the color wheel) are a dynamic pairing that can swing from being light and airy (as with the combination of the columbine and the foliage of the Sunshine Blue Caryopteris above) or it can be more regal and sumptuous as with the deeply colored purple heucheras (see below – try Heuchera ‘Velvet Night‘ or Heuchera Blackberry Ice ).


Chartreuse & Silver Blue

Or consider it with silver blue (just put your hand over the part of the screen where the heuchera is to get the full effect in the image below).  The brightly colored leaves of Lime Time Coleus with the blue recalls calming waters and is a soothing and textural combination.  You might also get this effect from combining Chartreuse plants with Cape Town Blue Felicia Daisy or Elijah Blue Festuca.

Hosta Blue Cadet,, coleus lime time and heuchera by rochelle greayer

Chartreuse & White

Chartreuse and white combinations stay a little closer to my interior wheelhouse – when they are paired they inevitably give off a calming cool and sophisticated vibe.   The White Out Rose with its near black leaves becomes fresher and a little less stuffy when the Lime Time Coleus is near.

white out star rose with Lime time coleus by rochelle greayer

And I am not sure there is a prettier combination than Chartreuse and the pale blush peach of the roses just before they open.  Which brings me to my last combo…

Chartreuse & Blush Peach

coleus limetime, white daisies, and yellow/white iris. by rochelle greayer

In another area of my garden a generous planting of Leucanthemum white daisies lends wildness to the garden.  They are tamed a bit by the bold Lime Time Coleus leaves but when the elegant blush colored iris (I wish I knew the variety – it came with the house) is part of the mix, everything becomes quite serene and fresh.  For a similar pairing, try Chartreuse plants with Oso Easy Peachy Cream Roses, or Rainbow Rhythm™ ‘Siloam Peony Daylilies.

Chartreuse can certainly be paired with other colors.  I can hear my mother’s fashion advice from when I was a kid….”Green goes with everything, if mother nature can do it, so can you” .  True – but I tend to think that some are better than others.

Do you have a favorite Chartreuse combo?  If so, let us hear about it.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners. I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own.

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