Coloured Foliage

The Genetic Garden  features a variety of coloured foliage plants. Yellow or pale green leaves result from a deficiency in the chloroplasts or from an imbalance of pigments, often due to gene mutation.

Latin Name Location Flowering season Description

Ajuga reptans 'Atropurpurea'

Dark purple bugle


Late spring to early summer

A perennial which forms a dense mat of evergreen, purple-bronze oval leaves. Blue flowers are produced in erect spikes of up to 15cm tall.

Caryopteris x cladonensis 'Worcester Gold'

Bluebeard ‘Worcester Gold’

Coloured foliage

Late summer to early autumn


A bushy, spreading deciduous shrub with dark yellow foliage and clusters of small violet-blue flowers.

Choisya ternata 'Aztec Pearl'


Late spring to summer

A small evergreen shrub growing to 1–3m tall. The leaves are opposite, leathery, glossy with three broad leaflets. It produces white star-shaped flowers.

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus'

Golden hop

Coloured foliage


A climbing perennial with yellow, deeply lobed leaves of approximately 15cm length. Its drooping, cone-like, greenish-yellow female flower clusters are followed by the pendant hops.

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesens Gold'

Honeysuckle ‘Baggesens Gold’

Coloured foliage


A small, dense evergreen shrub with arching branches and tiny, ovate, yellow leaves. Flowers are insignificant. It produces red or black berries.

Melissa officinalis 'All Gold'

Lemon balm ‘All Gold’

Coloured foliage


A deciduous, bushy, clump-forming perennial. Its wrinkled leaves are yellow and ovate. The white flowers have purple patterning.

Physocarpus opulifolius


Coloured foliage


A bushy, upright, deciduous shrub with green, ovate, three-lobed leaves. Clusters of small pink and white, cup-shaped flowers are followed by brown fruit.

Robinia pseudoacacia


Black locust

Coloured foliage

Early summer

A bushy medium-sized deciduous tree with bright yellow, pinnate leaves, which become orange-yellow in autumn. It produces racemes of white or purple pea-type flowers.

Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’

Coloured foliage

Golden elderberry



A large, upright, bushy deciduous shrub with yellow-green leaves. It produces flattish heads of small, creamy-white flowers which are followed by dark purple berries.

Veronica prostrata 'Trehane'

Golden speedwell


June to September

A spreading semi-evergreen perennial with bright yellow or yellow-green foliage. Deep blue flowers form in erect racemes.