Now, what are your favorite golden foliage plants?

alina_1May 23, 2012

I really like all pictures and comments in the thread about dark foliage/flower thread.

I am a big fan of bright colors in the gardens. Here are my golden plants.

1. Spiraea japonica Golden Elf. Grows in dappled shade for me. In full sun could be even brighter I guess. A dwarf variety, looks great in front of taller plants:

2. Spiraea japonica Lemon Princess - forms a very neat mound. Blooms with pink flowers, but the main attraction is the foliage.

3. Golden Oakleaf Hydrangea 'Little Honey' - lovely compact shrub for semi-shade:

4. Hostas!

5. Hakonechloa 'All gold' and 'Aureola' (Japanese Forest Grass):

6. Caryopteris - Sunshine Blue� Golden Bluebeard

Not so favorite:

1. Golden Creeping Jenny. Lovely color, looks fantastic next to dark plants, but extremely invasive. Will keep mine in containers only:

2. Golden Heucheras. Got rid of mine - very weak plants. Do not have room for under-performers in my garden.

So, what are your favorite golden plants?

Pictures please!

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echinaceamaniac(7)

1.) Yucca 'Color Guard' (Best variegated yellow foliage and stays nice all winter!)
2.) Dicentra 'Gold Heart' (Gold Bleeding Heart) Spectacular!
3.) Aralia 'Sun King' (Looks tropical!)
4.) Heuchera 'Citronelle' (It's not weak to me!)
5.) Heuchera 'Electra' (Not weak and has grown great for 3 years now!)
6.) Hosta 'Sun Power'
7.) Sedum 'Angelina'
8.) Sumac 'Tiger Eye Gold'
9.) Tradescantia x 'Sweet Kate'
10.) Vinca 'Illumination'
11.) Agastache 'Golden Jubilee

Also, I love Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine.' It's not gold, but the white in the leaves really 'pops.' It brightens up the garden and also has yellow blooms in the summer!

Sorry, I didn't have time to post photos of all of these.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 4:52PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

Golden Barberry

Fern Brilliant

Hosta June

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 5:26PM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

I forgot one of my favorites:

12.) Buddleia 'Santana'

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 6:16PM
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manifest(USDA 11a, Sunset 24, CA)

Sedum nussbaumerianum, golden yellow-gorgeous under Aeonium 'Zwartkopf.'

Sedum makinoi 'Ogon': cute, cheery and a great container plant!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 8:56PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Sorry, no pics. But Tanacetum 'Isla Gold' is a real stunner. Spirea 'Ogon' isn't bad either.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 6:49AM
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brpinson(8)

Some of my favorites:

Disporum bodinieri 'Sina no tsuki"

Ceratostigma willmottianum 'My love"

Transdecantia 'Sweet Kate' and Berberis 'Lime Glow'
The berberis quickly goes to yellow in my zone 8B
Have another berberis that is also very yellow...Gold Pillar Sunjoy...more upright in growth, great in a pot.

Golden oregano...great in a pot or the ground...easy!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 10:55AM
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connietn

Oh alina, just saw the Little Honey pic. Now that's what they're supposed to look like!! (re: my thread about LH, Hero or Zero).

Love all the golden foilage photos. Sedum makinoi Ogon is just too cute!

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 5:12PM
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alina_1

That picture was taken in 2010. It doubled in size since then and more than 3' across now.
This year we had a late frost and most of my hydrangeas are bitten. The foliage does not look pretty with this frost damage.
I checked it out yesterday and I have blooms on it!!! Can't wait seeing it in bloom finally.

Thanks for all these wonderful pictures guys! You are not only great gardeners. You are also very talented photographers :o)

Many plants mentioned here are new for me - had to google them...

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:01AM
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connietn

alina, I am definitely inspired to stick with mine now. :) It must be just beautiful at 3' wide. Glad it is finally blooming!

Hmmm...I wonder if maybe I should cut the blooms off mine since it's having such a hard time getting established.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:29AM
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alina_1

Connie,
It is well worth trying. Even without blooming. Good luck with it!

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 10:53AM
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