16 Gold Foliage Plants That Will Shine In Your Garden

by Sasha Ridley

    We’re no longer strange to green foliage plants. Most of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruit trees we see or grow in our garden produce green leaves. This post, however, aims to share something “weird” that can amaze you. It’s a collection of 16 gold foliage plants that will shine in your garden. That it is. They’re plants with beautiful gold leaves (total or partial). Just look through all and bring favorite ones to your garden!


    If you are looking for plants that will be striking in your garden, these gold foliage plants are ready to help. Some of them are bush, making them an excellent choice for shady garden. You can even grow them in border and these surely grasp the eyes of every one passing by your home. If you love gardening or prefer natural home décor, you should never miss these. I have some Japanese forest grass bushes in my garden and they’re all doing well now. Additionally, this beautiful perennial come back my garden year after year.

    #1 All Gold Japanese Forest Grass

    One of the best ornamental grass for your garden is here. Hakone Grass. It’s an upright perennial with glowing golden-yellow foliage. Grows in zones 5 to 9 in full shade to mostly sunny garden areas. Reaches 12 inches high. Resistant to deer.

    #2 Sunshine Veronica Speedwell

    Sunshine Veronica Speedwell is known for its golden yellow leaves that look like is a creeping carpet when grown in mass. It reaches 1 to 2 inches tall. Speedwell blooms in pearl white clusters in Spring. It thrives in both normal, clay soil conditions, and dry, foot traffic conditions. Resistant to both deer and rabbits.

    #3 Illumination Vinca

    Illumination Vinca is a beautiful trailing ground cover with sky blue periwinkle flowers appearing in Spring, Summer, and Fall. This plant produces broad bands of golden yellow leaves edged with deep green. Grows in zones 5 to 8 in part shade and part Sun to full Sun. Reaches 3 to 6 inches tall with a spread of 14 to 18 inches.

    #4 Gold Bar Miscanthus

    Miscanthus is also known as Maiden Grass or Eulalia. It’s a variegation of gold and green bars across the blade. Grows in zones 5 to 8 in full Sun. Reaches 4 feet tall. This plant produces burgundy red plumes in early to late Fall. It’s resistant to deer, and tolerates normal, sandy, and clay soil conditions.

    #5 Color Guard Yucca

    Stunning bicolor green and canary yellow foliage are what make Color Guard Yucca stand out. This plant produces white bell shaped blooms in mid to late Summer that attract pollinators. Grows in zones 4 to 10 in part Sun and part shade to full Sun. Reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. Tolerant of hot, dry, humidity, and drought conditions. Resistant to deer.

    #6 Aztec Gold Veronica

    Another veronica in this collection is Aztec Gold Veronica. It’s a brilliant ground cover with brilliantly gold leaves in all seasons. This plant grows in zones 4 to 8 in mostly Sunny to full Sun gardens, and reaches 4 to 6 inches tall. Its blue blooms appear in early Summer and continue until mid Summer. They are a beloved of butterflies. Tolerant of hot dry site conditions.

    #7 SunFlare Japanese Forest Grass

    SunFlare Japanese Forest Grass is another ornamental dwarf grass introduced in this category. It features short yellow-green grass blades tipped in burgundy. Grows in zones 3 to 9 in part shade and part Sun to full Sun. Reaches 12 to 18 inches tall with a spread of 18 to 20 inches.

    #8 Remember Me Hosta

    Remember Me Hosta features leaves in bright yellow with smoky green edge. In the Summer, these leaves transform to snow white with blue-green color. This plant produces lavender blooms in mid to late Summer and these are a beloved of hummingbirds. Grows in zones 3 to 8 in mostly shady to mostly Sunny gardens. Tolerant of shade, humidity, and dry shade garden conditions.

    #9 Aureum Lamium

    You can call Lamium Spotted Dead Nettle. It features leaves of citrus yellow colors with a centered white slash on each leaf. The plant produces rose purple flowers in late Spring until early Summer. Grows in zones 3 to 9 in full shade to mostly Sunny. Reaches 6 to 8 inches tall. Tolerates normal, sandy, and clay soil conditions. Resistant to both deer and rabbits.

    #10 Lipstick Blonde Hosta

    Lipstick Blonde Hosta has bright lance-shaped yellow leaves with sunny hues appear on deep red stems that are a stunning contrast of colors. The lavender flowers appear over the midSummer season. Grows in zones 3 to 9 in full shade to part shade and part Sun. Reaches 12 to 15 inches tall with a spread of 16 to 18 inches.

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