During the summer the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the colors yellow and black are the big bumble bees that buzz around my garden. Sometimes they hover in the air over my head while I’m weeding and I often see them toward the end of the day lying in a blossom like they’ve had too much to drink. As a color combination yellow and black make quite a statement together and like my friends the bumble bees this mixture creates a lot of “buzz” in the garden!

As a reminder one simple container gardening recipe is to combine spillers, fillers, and thrillers together:

Spillers - They are found at the edge of the container and are designed to cascade toward the ground.

Fillers - They tie the container together as they are planted between the spillers and thrillers. They are taller than the spillers but not as tall as the thrillers would be.

Thrillers - They are the star of the show and are attention getters. They often have dramatic flowers or colorful foliage.

Here are some yellow and black plants to grow in partial to full sun conditions:

Spillers:  Sweet Potato Vine Blackie, Yellow Calibrachoa, Petunia Surfinia Yellow, Little Black Dress Petunia, Black Mondo Grass

Fillers:  Yellow Calendula, Coleus Black Prince, Yellow Gerbera Daisy, Yellow Lantana

Thrillers:  Yellow Snapdragon, Elephant Ear Black Sapphire, Odessa Calla Lily, Calla Lily Allure Gold

Here are some suggestions for containers that include yellow and black plants that will be situated in partial to full shade conditions:

Spillers:  Black Scallop Bugleweed, Bacopa Yellow Macedonia, Primrose Victoriana Lace Silver Black

Fillers:  Pansy Black Devil, Yellow Stella D’oro Daylily, Black Magic Viola,

Thrillers: Yellow Tuberose Begonia, June Hosta

Photos Courtesy of Jill Mazur, Pixabay, and Plant Haven

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