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.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Golden Sunlight’ (‘Golden Sunlight’ mountain hydrangea, Zones 6–9)
Hakonechloa 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).
Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (hop vine, Zones 3–8) is bright and beautiful but must be watched, as it can spread quickly.
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Monlo’ (‘Monlo’ ninebark, Zones 2–8) makes a bright mass against the yew hedge.
Berberis thunbergii ‘Aurea nana’ (dwarf yellow barberry, Zones 4–8) always looks fresh.
Cornus alba ‘Gouchalti’ (variegated tatarian dogwood, Zones 3–7) grows beneath Cornus mas (cornelian cherry dogwood, Zones 4–8).
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’ (‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea, Zones 5–9) likes only morning sun.
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