Flowers that are naturally gold are relatively rare. There are some, though, and we’ll take a look at them.
If you are set on gold flowers for an event or an occasion and cannot find any, there is the option of spraying gold floral spray on your flowers, and we’ll have a look at that too.
First, though, let’s consider the natural options. Gold brings a luxurious, warm wash of color to a garden or to floral arrangements.
Annual or perennial flowers that have a golden hue produce an interesting variety in form and size to diversify the color palette. Also, cultivars of many flowers can bloom in unexpected colors like gold.
Marigolds are opulent because of their large circular double flowers that seem jam-packed with floral abundance. The fact that ‘gold’ is in the name Marigold is not a coincidence.
Marigolds are one of a few flowers that are naturally gold. There are a few Marigold cultivars that produce gold-hued flowers. The ‘Antiguas’ cultivars display blossoms which can be a saturated gold.
A bunch of marigold cultivars is like a treasure chest of old and new golden doubloons!
Antigua Gold African Marigold (Tagetes Erecta)
This is a luscious bloom that gleams like new gold. When picked they make stunning floral arrangements.
Antigua Orange African Marigold
This Marigold flower looks more like dull gold and can make a good contrast with the brighter gold of the Golden Antigua Marigold.
Antigua Crush Marigold And Antigua Papaya Marigold
These cultivars belong to the African Marigolds species and exhibit vivid golden toned flowers that bring vibrancy to any garden or floral arrangement.
Lantana New Gold
The ‘New Gold’ cultivar of the Lantana produces an abundance of dark-gold flowers. The circular cluster of flowers make this a very attractive plant.
Fernleaf Yarrow (Achillea Filipendulina)
Fernleaf Yarrow is an herbaceous perennial plant with cultivars that produce gold-hued flowers. The cultivars ‘Coronation Gold’ and ‘Schwellenberg’ are hybrids with clustered golden yellow flowers.
Basket-Of-Gold (Aurinia Saxatilis)
A perennial plant that produces clustered flowers in gold to yellow hues. Basket-of-gold plants are well suited for use in rock gardens and attract butterflies. The flowers are quite delicate.
Daylily (Hemerocallis Species)
Daylilies produce large blossoms with a bloom span of a single day and are followed the next day by new blooms. The blooms have a striking golden center, with deep red petals.
This flower is impossible to ignore and adds striking impact wherever you find it.
Stella De Oro Dwarf Daylily
‘Stella de Oro’ is a cultivar of the Daylily. It produces heavy clusters of yellow blooms. This gorgeous Daylily lives up to its name, lighting things up like a star of gold.
Chrysanthemums, also known as Chrysanths or Mums, bloom in a variety of shapes, sizes and forms and can be used in herbal infusions for their therapeutic properties. The word ‘Chrysanthemum’ actually means golden flower in Greek.
There are disk and ray flowers. The longer ray flowers surround the short disk flowers in the center. The Chrysanthemum has many nicknames, such as ‘football mum’, ‘pompom’ and ‘spider daisy’.
Confucius considered the Chrysanthemum an object of meditation. In Japan, the process of unfurling the petals of this flower is believed to be reflective of perfection.
The flower is celebrated as a symbol of royalty and honor during the Japanese Festival of Happiness. Chrysanths are used for medicinal purposes in China to bring life and vitality.
Misty Golden Chrysanthemum
Part of the ‘Misty’ series, Chrysanthemum ‘Misty Golden’ has large, pom-pom-like, fully double, flowers in a warm golden yellow. These flowers are fantastic for floral arrangements.
Creamist Golden Chrysanthemum
Another Chrysanthemum with a golden hue is the ‘Creamist Golden’. These impressive cultivars guarantee beautiful trouble-free blooms. They can be used for borders, in floral arrangements and for show.
Golden Celebration Rose
An English Shrub Rose, bred By David Austin, Golden Celebration has a splendid fragrance and a rich yellow color. It is one of the largest flowered English roses, with blooms in the form of giant cups.
They have a strong Tea fragrance, with notes of Sauternes wine and strawberry. The rose is often given to celebrate golden anniversaries.
A sunflower is like pure gold and lights up anyone’s day. They have been called ‘happy flowers’ and it is easy to see why. They follow the sun; a plant behavior called heliotropism.
Sunflowers literally track the rising and setting of the sun, facing east in the morning and west come dawn. Other flowers that display heliotropism are Arctic poppies and Alpine buttercup flowers.
The Sunflower is also the only flower with ‘flower’ in its name.
A single sunflower is made up of 1 000 to 2 000 tiny individual disc florets. The petals surrounding the disc are called ray florets. The design works well to give this iconic sun-worshipper real clout!
Ranunculus (Ranunculus Asiaticus)
Known as Persian Buttercups, Ranunculus have brilliantly colored and ruffled petals and tall stems. They are eye-catching. They also have a long vase life, which makes them ideal for floral arrangements and wedding bouquets.
Pansy Cool Wave Golden Yellow
Pansy Cool Wave Golden Yellow is a vibrant bright golden yellow trailing pansy.
Cheyenne Gold Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta)
‘Cheyenne Gold’ is a Black-Eyed Susan coneflower with bright golden-yellow blooms. They work exceedingly well in floral arrangements and will give any garden a boost of glorious color.
In Victorian times, Dahlias represented commitment between two people, such as that in a marriage. They symbolize beauty, elegance, and strength. The design of the flower is quite entrancing.
Golden Orchid (Hemerocallis)
The Golden Orchid, or ‘Doubloon’, is an older variety of DayLily.
It has large, golden yellow, semi-double flowers in the summer, which bloom over a long period. It really is a beauty, catching the eye with its structure and color.
Golden Lotus Helleborus X hybridus (Hybrid Lenten Rose ‘Golden Lotus’)
The lotus flower grows in muddy water, and then rises and blooms above the murk in sheer beauty. It represents the achievement of all enlightenment in Buddhism.
There’s the idea of rebirth, in both a figurative and a literal sense; rising up and prevailing. And just look at it! It’s gorgeous!
A small, compact and utterly beautiful burst of golden delight, the Golden Primrose cannot help but make your garden shine in splendour.
Just one look at this sumptuous flower and you know it’s special!
With frilled petals and a beguiling petal arrangement, the Gold-Bearded Iris is a boon to a garden, to a floral display or arrangement and to any bouquet lucky enough to have its presence.
With blossoms branching off all along its stem, the Goldenrod is a vibrant addition to any ornamental garden. The fronds can also really add some dazzle to a display.
Goldenrods spring up bountifully in the wild. Topped with plumes of fluffy yellow flowers, goldenrod is sometimes considered a weed but it shouldn’t be.
Goldenrod plants have multiple uses, from providing shelter to larvae to attracting butterflies.
Tansy (T. vulgare) Or ‘Golden Button’
The common Tansy, or garden Tansy, is sometimes known as ‘golden-buttons’. It can be an invasive species in many places outside its native range.
Gold-dipped roses, or gold-trimmed roses, are real roses that are cut and preserved in a protective shell of gold.
If you want golden flowers and you cannot find any of the stunning examples mentioned above, you could consider getting some gold floral spray paint to highlight certain blooms or add a layer of luxury to a floral display.
You can use tape to create geometric designs. Obviously, spraying fresh flowers is only possible when the flowers have been cut. Spraying growing plants would kill them and that would be exceedingly unfair!
There are four spraying techniques:
Misting; this method is used to paint the entire surface of the flower.
Airbrushing; a method that can be used to cover the entire surface, or to highlight or darken target areas.
Toning; a method used to enhance the natural coloring of a flower or to cover up imperfections.
Tipping; this involves painting the tips of the petals.
And so, to end off …
Flowers that can be found in golden hues are rarer than is the case for many other colors. However, given the fact that gold is a popular color, there has been a concerted effort to produce some wonderful golden cultivars.
Gold is a color that evokes all sorts of things. Luxury, rarity, rich tones and joy. Golden hued flowers do all this, and more. They look, feel and smell divine and they’re flowers, gifts of nature. Worth their weight in gold!