50 Golden Celebration Plants for Your Garden

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50 Golden Celebration plants for your garden – because if you’re having a big party to celebrate and there will be lots of visitors you might just want a stunning and topical garden to match!


Equally, if you’re looking for a present for someone who is a gardener and is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary or 50th birthday you might just like a few suggestions for presents.


I’ve suggested a range of plant types. So there are deciduous shrubs, evergreen shrubs, herbs and edible plants too. Because why not? I love creating ornamental edible gardens; they give their owners so much pleasure as well as food. And a ornamental edible garden focussed on golden fruit, vegetables and herbs as well as golden flowers and foliage would be very ornamental indeed.


Golden Celebration Plants – deciduous shrubs

Roses take the lead here, and Rose ‘Golden celebration’ just has to be the first plant I mention. Repeat flowering with a strong fragrance it should be placed where the scent will stop you in your tracks.

rose golden celebration, rosa golden celebration , deciduous shrub, repeat flowering, strong fragrance

Rose’ Golden Wedding’ makes a very close second. Another repeat flowering rose but with a much lighter scent.

If it’s a climbing rose you need then try Rosa ‘Golden showers’. Repeat flowering and almost thornless so yes, you could plant it over an arch.


My two favourite golden deciduous shrubs which are not roses give us golden foliage.

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Gold mountain’ has lovely golden yellow leaves and red flowers. Here it’s planted next to carrots – I did mention ornamental edible gardens, didn’t I?

carrots growing next to fuschia 'golden mountain', golden foliage, deciduous shrub, ornamental edible garden


Golden Elder, this one is Sambucus racemosa ‘Sutherland gold’ with feathery foliage. The elderflowers are creamy white and the berries are red.

golden elder, sutherlands gold, sambucus racemosa, planting design, garden project


Other deciduous shrubs for golden foliage and flowers include: –

  • Cornus stolonifera Flaviramea, gold stemmed dogwood
  • Cotinus coggygria ‘Golden spirit’
  • Fuchsia magellanica var. gracilis ‘Aurea’
  • Golden pea, Theremopsis montana, false lupin
  • Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden arrow’
  • Spirea ‘Golden princess’

Golden Celebration Plants – evergreen shrubs

Unlike their deciduous friends, these will keep their golden foliage year round.

Golden Yew, Taxus baccata aurea, can be found in a fastigate, or upright column form. Whereas others of the aurea group make for a stunning piece of topiary, clipped to the shape of your choice.


Box, Buxus comes in a variegated gold and green leaf form, Buxus microphylla ‘Golden triumph’. And Gold tipped Box has catches the light rather nicely; not one to be trimmed for topiary though as you’ll lose the gold tips!

Choisya ternata ‘Sun dance’ will give you aromatic golden foliage and scented flowers. The colour is not so good in a very shady spot.

choisya ternata 'sundance', evergreen shrub, aromatic foliage, golden foliage, yellow foliage, white scented flower


Other evergreen shrubs for golden foliage include: –

  • Ligustrum ovalifolium aureum
  • Euonymus fortunei emerald and gold

Golden Celebration Plants – edibles

Like all mange tout, one eats the whole pod and pea together before fully mature. Mange tout, Pisum sativum, is French for ‘eat all’. Mange tout ‘Golden sweet’ has golden yellow pods that fade as the pea matures.

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Courgettes are summer squash, with soft skins which are edible. Courgette ‘Golden griller’ and Courgette ‘Golden delight’ are both tasty varieties which are decorative too. Zucchini is the US name for summer squash.

The Malus, or apple, genus of plants has over 50 species of both wild and domesticated trees and shrubs. Both the orchard apple and the crab apple offer us a golden variety.
You thought I would mention Malus ‘Golden delicious’ as a golden apple to eat, didn’t you? Well, why not try Malus ‘Golden spur’ instead? This is a sport of the former and makes a good apple tree to grow in a container on a balcony or patio.

Other golden edibles include: –

  • Actinidia chinensis golden kiwi fruit
  • Raspberry ‘Golden Everest’, Rubus ideaus
  • Malus x zumi ‘Golden hornet’ is a crab apple
  • Quince, Cydonia, the golden apple of Greek legend
  • Tomato ‘sungold’ a cherry tomato


Golden Celebration Plants – herbaceous perennials

Herbaceous perennials are generally grown in the garden for their flower colour during the late spring, summer and autumn.

Achillea filipendulina ‘Cloth of gold’ is a domesticated variety of the native species and herb Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. Achillea ‘Cloth of gold’ is good for a south facing border.

Golden rod or Solidago, is often seen as a thug in the garden, but they don’t tend to out compete other plants so much as grow and spread with enthusiasm! Solidago ‘Goldenmosa’ is a shorter version and really quite well behaved.

Hosta ‘Golden anniversary’ just had to slip in to my list. I love Hostas, even if the slugs in my garden do too.

Other golden herbaceous perennials include: –

  • Coreopsis ‘Golden joy’
  • Rudbeckia fulgida var sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’


Golden Celebration Plants – herbs

Golden marjoram, Oreganum vulgare aureum, a ground covering herb which seldom flowers. So you can use it as a weed suppressant as well as a culinary addition to your cooking.

Thyme x citriodorus ‘Golden queen’; with a variegated leaf and a slight citrus tang to its musky thyme scent, this is such a useful golden plant. It would make a lovely edge to a path leading to your celebration marquee.

Rosemary ‘Golden rain’ is a rosemary with golden-yellow flecked foliage which is most noticeable during spring and autumn.

Golden Feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium aureum will give you white, daisy like flowers with a gold centre as well as golden foliage.

golden feverfew, tanacetum perthenium aureum, perennial herb, aromatic foliage, golden foliage



Golden Celebration Plants – ornamental grasses

Hakonechloa macra ‘All gold’, Japanese forest grass. A delightful mound forming ornamental grass.

Cortaderia selloana ‘Splendid Star’ – dwarf golden Pampas grass (yes it really is dawarf!)

Spartina pectinata ‘Aureomarginata’ gold edged prairie cord grass, a good choice for coastal gardens and damp situations.

Phyllostachys aurea, the golden bamboo; the young bamboo canes are green-yellow, becoming more pronounced a gold as they mature.


Golden Celebration Plants – spring flowering bulbs

Including some spring flowering bulbs is a good reminder that it is possible to have flowers in your garden for virtually all the year. This is delightful for you and provides food for pollinating insects. What’s not to like?

Obviously I’m including Daffodils. Narcissus ‘February gold’ is a trumpet daffodil, the ‘usual’ sort of daffodil that everyone will recognise. But for something a bit different, why not try Narcissus bulbocodium ‘Oxford gold’, also known as the hoop petticoat daffodil?

narcissus-oxford-gold, miniature hoop petticoat daffodil, narcissus bulbocodium, scented, RHS Plant and design Show, London

Tulip ‘Golden purissima’ has long stems, good for using as a cut flower in your celebration floral arrangements.

Crocus chrysanthus, golden crocus. A scented spring flowering crocus; golden yellow flowers, darker in bud. Plant them where you can enjoy their scent!

Other golden bulbs, corms and tubers include: –

  • Tulip ‘Gold dust’
  • Tulip ‘Strong gold’
  • Dahlia ‘Golden sceptre’
  • Dahlia ‘Golden emblem’
  • Crocosmia ‘Twilight fairy gold’
  • Crocosmia ‘Gold sprite’


Golden Celebration Plants – what next?

There are many more plants with gold in their name, and with golden foliage, fruit or flowers, but I have to stop somewhere! Choosing your own golden celebration plants, like choosing any plants for your garden, has to take account of many criteria, soil type, sun, shade and so on. And for our purpose here, also whether the planting is permanent or just for the celebration.

The plant suggestions above would also form the basis of a planting list for a charity or organisation who are heading towards their own 50th anniversary and would like some golden celebration plants to mark the occasion. One of my Christmas themed blogs Five Gold Rings (Golden Plants) to Sparkle in your Garden will give you a few more golden plants to choose from.


Is it too much choice to work out which are the best plants for your celebration? If you would like a planting design filled to the brim with golden celebration plants to suit your own garden and lifestyle then please do get in touch and ask for your initial design visit.


For more inspiration for celebrating special occasions, why not have a read of the Plews Potting Shed blogs below?

Some Other Gardening Blogs you may enjoy

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Pearl Anniversary Flowers
21 Favourite Garden Plants for a Special Birthday
Happy 60th Birthday Garden Dreams
The Queens 90th Birthday – Patriotic Garden Inspiration

Narcissus-February-gold daffodils RHS plant and design show

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