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Golden Foliage Plants

Ornamental Shrubs with Yellow or Gold Foliage

Golden Anniversary Abelia (Abelia grandaflora 'Minipan') - Zones 6-9. This semi-evergreen shrub is colorful and compact, perfect for a small garden space. The Golden Anniversary Abelia has beautiful variegated foliage that is medium green colored with thick golden edges. A great addition to a foliage garden, this shrub has the added benefit of white, spring flowers. Home gardeners can expect this Abelia shrub to grow just 2 feet tall and a little wider. Bonanza Gold Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Bogozam') - Zones 4-9. A dwarf Barberry bush that is not only stunningly eye-catching, but also deer resistant in many gardens. This compact landscape shrub does best in full sun to part shade and will provide a beautiful focal point in the garden. This barberry is a low-maintenance shrub so gardeners won't need to pamper it to achieve dense, attractive growth. The foliage color is bright chartreuse or yellow color. Another barberry plant with yellow foliage is the Golden Pillar Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Sunjoy'). Similarly bright yellow leaves, this barberry shrub grows in a tall, upright fashion. It will grow 3-4' tall but only have a spread of 2-3' making it a great vertical accent in the garden. The other barberry shrub you might consider for a yellow foliage garden is the Golden Barberry (Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea') and is a slightly larger bush. The yellow foliage is a beautiful addition to the yellow themed garden. The dense, rounded growth will mature at 3-4' tall and wide, complementing other barberry bushes or colored foliage plants. Bluebeard Sunshine Blue (Caryopteris incana 'Jason') - Zones 5-10. A stunning shrub to add to any foliage garden, the Sunshine Blue Caryopteris is a must-have for a gold foliage garden. Growing 3-4' tall this Caryopteris has glowing yellow foliage with deep blue summer and fall flower clusters. The contrast between the gold foliage and the dark colored flowers is an eye-catching accent in the garden. Sunshine Blue is a drought tolerant plant, making it a great choice for large container plantings in the Black and Gold Foliage Garden. As an added bonus, the blue flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Garden Glow Dogwood (Cornus hesseyii) - Zones 4-8. This dwarf dogwood takes shade and part shade, like all dogwoods, but the compact size of 2-3' tall and wide makes this more of an ornamental shrub for landscape gardens. The foliage is a bright yellow-green almost chartreuse color that is a beautiful highlight for shady garden areas. This dogwood is a four-season garden plant, perfect for a wide variety of garden situations. Winter landscape color is provided through red twigs and spring flowers are an attractive pure white color. The lime colored foliage provides lasting interest through the hot summer months and into the autumn. Another dogwood to consider adding to your foliage garden is the Golden Shadows Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia 'W. Stockman'), which is a variegated specimen that grows into a large shrub, or small tree. The white spring flowers are beautiful and then the unusual foliage holds interest for the remainder of the growing season. Golden Lanterns (Leycesteria formosa 'Notbruce')A cool new shrub that will rock the perennial world. Imagine a graceful, easy growing plant with attractive, clean, bright yellow-green foliage with hints of red in the new growth. In mid-summer it is covered 4" long pendulous drooping clusters of dark purplish-red bracts and white flowers. Follow this with dark purple berries in autumn. This 'Plant Highlight' was written exclusively for Sooner Plant Farm by Angela England .To read more from this talented writer about other highlighted plants and interesting gardening stories click here. All copyrights reserved by Sooner Plant Farm. No reproduction of this article in whole or in part is allowed without the permission of Sooner Plant Farm.


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