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Gold Rush

Even on cloudy days, your garden can glow brightly with gold and yellow plant varieties.

Even on cloudy days, your garden can glow brightly with gold and yellow plant varieties. Gardening guru Karen Platt of Sheffield, England, suggests ways to create a "gold rush" in your garden.

"If you want a little happiness in your garden, this is a superb choice of color," says Platt, who has collected more than 1,300 gold and yellow plants over the years.

While some folks think that gold plants would look ghastly in a garden, Karen says yellows give the garden a golden opportunity to glow. She recommends planting a variety of colors. Providing a beautiful contrast against dark greens, blacks and pastels, gold is a "great intermingler," she explains.

Most gold plants brighten with additional sunlight, and some like shade. "Your gold plants are going to look a little chartreuse or green if they're not getting a lot of sun," Platt says. Others, like members of the hosta family, flourish in shaded areas but still need the sun to bring out their golden highlights.

Great combinations for a nine-carat gold container:

  • Karen selects a large container and fills it generously with a light, well-draining potting soil.

  • Lysimachia

  • Plants with trailing stems--such as vinca 'Illumination' and lysimachia--help soften the container and draw the eye down.

  • The shape of the vinca's smaller, smooth, oval leaves contrast with the wavy leaves of the amber-colored Heuchera that's added next.

  • Sedum 'Angelina'

  • For touchable texture, Karen adds the sedum 'Angelina'.

  • The dark foliage of plants such as bergenia, colocasia or coleus adds contrast and increases the wattage of surrounding flowers.

  • Carex elata

  • Carex elata, a golden upright grass, will shine year-round.

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