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Diosma ericoides Sunset Gold

Great at the front of borders or in a pot with things growing through

The dainty golden yellow aromatic leaves are reason enough to grow this evergreen plant but added appeal comes in late winter and spring when it is smothered in tiny pink flowers.


Happiest in a container on a sunny patio where it can be protected from harsh winter weather. In the garden give it full sun.


Best in very well drained soil. Good drainage is key so dig grit into the planting hole to help if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. In very cold wet weather protect plants in containers by sheltering them against a wall if you don't have a greenhouse. Lightly trim the plant once the flowers have faded to encourage new growth. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

From South Africa, hence its love of a sunshine and dry weather.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - July
Season of interest Autumn, Spring
Flowering April - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 80 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From March to July