Fall is the season when the leaves on trees turn from green to orange and red so plants with golden foliage make a perfect complement. They can also be grown alongside purple and blue flowers to provide a cool effect. These ten gold foliage plants are described in an article by Deb Wiley which I came across on the Birds and Blooms website.
If you’ve ever wanted to add some rich luster to your garden or landscape, gold plants are an excellent way to do so. We rounded up some of our favorites and included the plant zones where they grow best as well as where you can buy them. One of the reasons we love gold plants is that they’re so versatile. Use gold as a focal point or grow it in masses with dark foliage plants. Gold turns up the heat when planted with red and orange, but cools down with purple and blue.
Solar Power foamy bells
X HEUCHERELLA, ZONES 4 to 9photo credit: Terra Nova Nurseries
This glowing mounded plant soaks up more sun than other gold foamy bells varieties, though in southern climates you may want to protect it from harsh afternoon rays. In deep shade, the leaves stay lime green with splatters of red.
Why we love it: It gets rave reviews from England to South Dakota, and even wowed plant guru Allan Armitage when he grew it in his Georgia garden.
- photo credit: Monrovia/Doreen Wynja
Northern gardeners need to dig up canna bulbs to store indoors over winter, but Bengal Tiger is worth the extra effort. Towering 6 feet tall, this canna lily appears golden thanks to green and creamy yellow striped leaves that are edged in maroon.
Why we love it: Midsummer orange blooms are a nice touch, but it’s grown for the stunning foliage.
Sun King Japanese spikenard
ARALIA CORDATA, ZONES 3 to 9photo credit: Walters Gardens, Inc
Bold and bright, Sun King lives up to its name as it commands attention from its massive throne in your garden. Place it in full sun or partial shade. With just a few hours of sun per day, gold foliage reins supreme in your landscape.
Why we love it: Its exotic and tropical look rules in almost every climate.
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Feature photo: Proven Winners