Golden foliage always stands out in the garden. Subsequently plants with yellow or gold leaves are sought after and cultivated as horticultural plants. They contrast strikingly with dark greens, purple and reds as well as silver and grey foliaged plants. This allows for much creativity in laying out gardens with foliage plants of contrasting hues. Note that many yellow or gold foliaged plants burn in the African sun and some may need summer shade.


Acorus gramineus ‘Mini Gold’ (miniature Japanese flag) E
Bacopa ‘Scopia Golden Leaf White’ (golden sutera) E | I
Cupheahyssopifolia ‘Cocktail’ (golden false heather) E
Heuchera ‘Electric Lime’ (coral bells) D
Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Lime’ (ornamental sweet potato) D
Liriope muscari ‘Pee Dee  Gold’ (lily turf) ED
Liriope muscari ‘Pure Blond’ (lily turf) ED
Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ (creeping jenny) E
Origanum vulgare ‘Aureum’ (golden oregano) E
Sagina subulata ‘Aurea’ (Irish moss) E
Solenostemon scuttelarioides (coleus or Joseph’s coat) E
Succulent Aptenia cordifolia ‘Aurea’
Succulent Portulacaria afra ‘Aurea’ (golden porkbush) E
Succulent Sedum ‘Angelina’ (golden stonecrop) E
Succulent Sedum nussbaumerianum (golden sedum) E
Thymus citriodorus ‘Golden Dwarf’ (golden thyme) E


Abelia schumanii ‘Aurea’ (yellow abelia) E
Abeliax grandiflora ‘Francis Mason’ (golden abelia) E
Acalypha wilkesiana ‘New Dawn’ (copperleaf) E
Codiaeum variegatum (croton) E
Conifer Juniperus x media pfitzeriana ‘Plumosa Aurea’ (golden juniper) E
Conifer Juniperusx pfitzeriana ‘Sea of Gold’ (golden juniper) E
Conifer Platycladus orientalis ‘Aurea Nana Compacta’ (dwarf arborvitae) E
Conifer Platycladus orientalis ‘Golden Rocket’ (rocket arborvitae) E
Duranta repens ‘Aurea’ (golden dew drop) ED
Euonymous japonicas ‘Microphyllus Gold Dust’ (dwarf Japanese spindle) E
Euphorbia tirucalii ‘Sticks of Fire’ (Indian tree spurge) E | I
Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’ (golden privet) D
Lonicera nitida ‘Baggesens Gold’ (dwarf honeysuckle) E
Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Aureus’ (ninebark) D
Polyscias filicifolia (golden aralia) E
Pseuderanthemum ‘Eldorado’ (golden false eranthemum) E
Pseuderanthemum reticulatum ‘Aureum’ (golden false eranthemum) E
Spiraea japonica ‘Gold Flame’ (golden May bush) D
Weigela florida‘Rubidor’ (golden weigela) D


Acer negundo ‘Kelly’s Gold’ (golden box elder) D
Conifer Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Gold Crest’ (Monterey cypress) E
Conifer Cupressus sempervirens ‘Swane’s Gold’ (golden pencil cypress) E
Conifer x Cuprocyparis leylandii ‘Gold Rider’ (golden leyland’s cypress) E

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.

Whilst every care and caution has been taken in compiling these lists in terms of correctness and accuracy, Blackwood’s, nor any of their employees can be held liable or responsible if any of the recommendations are found to be incorrect in any way whatsoever. They are merely a guide to help gardeners and staff in finding solutions to gardening problems. All plants listed may not be available for sale at times. They do however all grow in the greater Pietermaritzburg area and surrounding districts and are to be found growing successfully in gardens.