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Go for the Gold Plants in the Garden

The Summer Olympics come around only every four years, but gold plants can put a special shine on the garden every season. Here are tips for using gold in sun or shade.

'Little Goldstar' black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' is a carefree perennial for full sun or part shade. Its bright gold flowers appear from midsummer to autumn.

'Little Goldstar' black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Little Goldstar' is a carefree perennial for full sun or part shade. Its bright gold flowers appear from midsummer to autumn.

Gold leaves and flowers are eye-catching. They can brighten a shade garden or add shimmer to a sunny garden. While you’re looking for places to incorporate gold plants in your garden, keep in mind that:

• Gold is a versatile color that contrasts well with blue and purple. For a bold, hot combination try it with orange or red.

La Barbe Bleue bluebeard (Caryopteris La Barbe Bleue) demonstrates the effectiveness of a gold-and-blue pairing when it blooms in late spring.

La Barbe Bleue bluebeard (Caryopteris La Barbe Bleue) demonstrates the effectiveness of a gold-and-blue pairing when it blooms in late spring.

• White and gold make a clean and classic combination and look particularly nice in shade.

'Sun King' aralia (Aralia cordata 'Sun King') is a bulky perennial for shaded spaces, where its golden foliage brightens the scene.

'Sun King' aralia (Aralia cordata 'Sun King') is a bulky perennial for shaded spaces, where its golden foliage brightens the scene.

• Strong midday or afternoon sun can scorch some gold-leaved plants, even those rated to full sun. Look for cultivars whose descriptions mention that they won’t scorch, or place your gold plants where they get protection from the strongest sun.

Image credits:

'Little Goldstar' Black-eyed Susan and 'Sun King' aralia courtesy of Walters Gardens.

La Barbe Bleue bluebeard courtesy of Monrovia.