July 28, 2021

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Kathleen’s Favorite Gold Plants

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My name is Kathleen Shelman, and I have been gardening for more than 30 years on an acre outside of Portland, Oregon. We are in the foothills of the Cascades, so we get quite a bit of rain, which makes for many gray days. Also, many of the trees I planted years ago have (surprise) become quite large, and I find myself with more shade. Because of this, I have found myself adding more and more golden shrubs to the garden, to the point where I need to remind myself that green and its many variations are also foliage colors. Here are a few of my favorites that keep their gold color all summer.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHydrangea serrata ‘Golden Sunlight’ (‘Golden Sunlight’ mountain hydrangea, Zones 6–9)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (‘All Gold’ hakone grass, Zones 5–9) reflects on the Disporum longistylum ‘Night Heron’ (‘Night Heron’ Chinese fairy bells, Zones 5–9).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHumulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (hop vine, Zones 3–8) is bright and beautiful but must be watched, as it can spread quickly.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsPhysocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ (‘Monlo’ ninebark, Zones 2–8) makes a bright mass against the yew hedge.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTwo common but useful shrubs, Spiraea japonica ‘Double Play’ (Japanese spirea, Zones 3–8) and Cornus sericea ‘Silver and Gold’ (variegated red osier dogwood, Zones 3–8), brighten a dark corner.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland Gold’ (red elderberry, Zones 3–7) grows beneath a Rosa glauca (redleaf rose, Zones 2–8) to prevent afternoon burn.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsBerberis thunbergii ‘Aurea nana’ (dwarf yellow barberry, Zones 4–8) always looks fresh.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsCornus alba ‘Gouchalti’ (variegated tatarian dogwood, Zones 3–7) grows beneath Cornus mas (cornelian cherry dogwood, Zones 4–8).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsHydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ (‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea, Zones 5–9) likes only morning sun.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsChoisya ternata ‘Sundance’ (‘Sundance’ Mexican orange, Zones 7–10) in front of Ribes sanguineum ‘Brocklebankii’ (‘Brocklebankii’ flowering currant, Zones 5–7).

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