Coronilla glauca

Published: August 31, 2022

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Coronilla glauca against a sunny south facing wall

You know when you are asked, usually by non-gardeners, ‘what's your favourite ?'

How can you pick one? -it depends upon the time of year, what type of plants you like and what grows well for you. You could name something different each week.

A plant that definitely would be on my list would be Coronilla glauca.

It would be on my list from November to May, as that's it flowering period.

What do I like about it? -everything! its structure, the pretty bright green foliage, the cheery yellow flowers and the amazing perfume.

My garden is very exposed and gets blasted by the wind, so despite many rumours – it is hardy and generally a happy soul, so much so that it gently seeds around.

I have it planted in 3 different positions, which shows how much I like it, as I usually stick to my rule of one of each species.

  • Against a sunny south facing wall. (it's in the ground not in the pot -that is the Clematis)
  • Against a west facing fence
  • Don't be deceived, against this west facing fence is a wind tunnel
  • In an exposed spot on the west side of our house.
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Coronilla glauca against a west facing fence
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This west facing fence is a wind tunnel

Maggie Duguid

Text and photos by Maggie Duguid, who is a member of the HPS North East Group.