Basket of Gold Aurinia saxatilis

Basket-Of-Gold Overview

Description Basket-of-gold is one of those plants that loves to grow in the least likely of places—cracks between paving stones, the edges of gravel paths and patios, rocky outcroppings, and between the stacked stones of a retaining wall. Its clusters of blooms create dazzling blankets of color. And after it finishes blooming, the grayish-green foliage makes an attractive mat in the garden or landscape. Basket-of-gold is easily grown as a perennial in areas with mild summers. It loves a baked spot with excellent drainage but will struggle in hot, humid areas and tends not to do well in the South. If that's where you live and garden, you may want to grow basket-of-gold as an annual.
Genus Name Aurinia saxatilis
Common Name Basket-Of-Gold
Plant Type Perennial
Light Sun
Height 6 to 12 inches
Width 12 to 18 inches
Foliage Color Chartreuse/Gold
Season Features Spring Bloom
Special Features Good for Containers
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Propagation Division, Seed
Problem Solvers Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Groundcover, Slope/Erosion Control

Colorful Combinations

This sunny perennial blooms in April or May, displaying large clusters of small flowers attached to upright stalks. Most varieties flower in shades of yellow and gold, including a bright lemon yellow and soft creamy yellow. The blue-gray foliage adds a cool mat of color to the garden, pleasing the eye with or without flowers. Grow basket-of-gold in a garden as a groundcover or border plant, in a container, or in a rock garden where its foliage and flowers look particularly attractive cascading over stone walls.

Basket-Of-Gold Care Must-Knows

Basket-of-gold loves full sun and dry, average-to-sandy, well-drained soil; soggy soil encourages root rot. Although best flowering occurs under full sun, this plant's foliage will appreciate afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Once established, the low-growing perennial can be quite drought-tolerant. Trim basket-of-gold in the summer after its petals drop. Taking off the top half will help maintain a pleasant form and prevent this plant from aggressively self-seeding.

If desired, fertilize basket-of-gold every other year; too much fertilizer leads to poor flowering conditions and a looser habit. Choose an organic fertilizer at a low dose or place a small amount of compost around plants in the fall.

These are the best plants for trough gardens.

More Varieties of Basket-Of-Gold

'Citrina' basket-of-gold

basket-of-gold Aurinia 'Citrina'

This variety of Aurinia grows 10-15 inches tall and has lemon yellow flowers. Zones 3-7

'Compacta' basket-of-gold

basket-of-gold Aurinia 'Compacta'

Aurinia grows 8-10 inches tall and bears clear yellow blooms. Zones 3-7

'Gold Dust' basket-of-gold

aurinia saxatilis basket of gold

Dense Aurinia saxatilis plants are covered in small, bright yellow blossoms from late spring to early summer. Zones 3-7

Plant Basket-Of-Gold With:

Lanai Lavender Star Verbena

Verbena is a spreading plant ideal for cascading over retaining walls, pots, baskets, and window boxes. As long as the soil is extremely well drained, verbena will reward gardeners with countless clusters of small blooms all season. It's fairly drought-tolerant, making it a great choice for hanging baskets, rock gardens, planting in cracks between stones, and other tight places. One annual verbena, 'Imagination', is a standout for taking the hottest, driest conditions. It will even do well in a clay strawberry pot!


Phlox are one of those bounteous summer flowers any large sunny flowerbed or border shouldn't be without. There are several different kinds of phlox. Garden and meadow phlox produce large panicles of fragrant flowers in a wide assortment of colors. They also add height, heft, and charm to a border. Low-growing wild Sweet William, moss pinks, and creeping phlox are effective as ground covers, at the front of the border, and as rock and wild garden plants, especially in light shade. These native gems have been hybridized extensively especially to toughen the foliage against mildew problems; many recent selections are mildew-resistant. Phlox need amply moist soil for best overall health.

Aubrieta detoidea

Rock cress, as you can guess from the name, is one of those plants that like tough love -- give it a hot, dry crack between some stones somewhere and it will flourish. It can cover a stacked-stone wall or rocky outcropping with beautiful blue-purple flowers. Purple rock cress usually has purple or blue flowers, but rock wall cress is more likely to bloom in white or pink. Both make attractive low mounds that look great at the edge of a retaining wall where they get full sun and excellent drainage. Cut stems back after spring bloom to keep plants compact.

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