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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.
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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.
More Varieties of Basket-Of-Gold
'Gold Dust' basket-of-gold
Dense Aurinia saxatilis plants are covered in small, bright-yellow blossoms from late spring to early summer. Zones 3-7