How to Plant a California Gold Garden

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California is known as the Golden State for its history of gold mines and its fields of golden poppies. Other flowers and plants also share that golden touch. Here are colorful ways to bring California gold to your garden.

Instructions

Step 1

Scatter California golden poppy seeds in the autumn. The golden flower blooms early in spring and summer. It is a self-seeding flower that does not transplant well. The flowers grow in full sun. The yellow and golden petals open full in daylight and close petals at night. Masses of golden poppies bloom along freeways and roadways as highway beautification programs.

Step 2

Gather tidy tips seed packets at your garden center. Tidy tips is a California wildflower of small yellow, white-tipped daisy-type flowers. Tidy tips grow as a compact bush about 1 to 2 feet tall. Plant tidy tips from seed early in spring. They need full sun and a little water. They bloom spring through summer and thrive in rock gardens. Tidy tips is a great cutting flower.

Step 3

Search out California Goldfields. These wildflowers will grow on poor soil and form carpet masses of small yellow flowers. They grow under a foot tall. San Francisco State University web-published a geography article on these flowers. According to their folklore, the flower was traced back to early Spanish Californians who believed the flower held the power to predict love. Like the old "Love me, love me not" flower petal game, maidens used this flower to predict their romantic future.

Step 4

Give the garden birds a treat with Chaparral Honeysuckle. This is a sprawling vining shrub with yellow flower. Like many California native plants, it likes full sun and does well planted on a slope and in dry conditions. Hummingbirds like the yellow trumpet-type blossoms. It produces berries that are edible. Reportedly it is deer proof, meaning the deer will not chew it off to the ground.

Step 5

Explore unusual California gold plants like the California Coreopsis, also called the giant coreopsis. This plant grows 3- to 6-feet tall with shaggy green foliage, yellow flowers and a bare trunk. Put it in a back corner with lots of sun and not much water as it does not like wet feet. For groundcover, try California native dwarf or prostrate gum plant. This low-growing plant is drought and heat tolerant with yellow daisy-type spring flowers and evergreen foliage.

Step 6

Put all these together and you have bright yellow flowers, full sun, easy care and not much water needed. That is the true secret of a California Gold garden.

Things You'll Need

California Golden Poppy seeds, Goldfields seeds, Tidy tips seeds, California Coreopsis seeds or plant, Dwarf gum plant groundcover, Chaparral honeysuckle plant

About this Author

Phyllis Benson is a professional writer and creative artist. Her 25-year background includes work as an editor, syndicated reporter and feature writer for publications including "Journal Plus," "McClatchy Newspapers" and "Sacramento Union." Benson earned her Bachelor of Science degree at California Polytechnic University.

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