Seattle is renowned for its gloom. Gold and chartreuse shine on those days when the clouds seem to hang in the treetops and glower. Here’s a nice planting I ran across on the east side of Phinney Ridge. I didn’t even get out of the car (blame those glowering clouds) so the plants are my best guess from across the street.
Simple, charming, low maintenance – works for me, although a bit of a problem if pink isn’t your color. Up the hill from Green Lake, tucked in at the base of a west-facing wall are deep pink heaths with matching kinnikinnick blooms dangling from above. Both plants are evergreen so they provide year-round structure and unlike the Osmanthus burkwoodii just out of sight to the right, the heaths shouldn’t grow so large as to impinge upon the sidewalk.