I have LOTS of this plant, both the striped version that was originally available (H.m. ‘Aureola’) and the newer solid-golden one called ‘All Gold,’ which I like even better. In my Northeastern garden I grow it in half-day shade (light shade) otherwise the gold will be more muted, more greenish-yellow than gold, in either variety. But it will grow in less light…just not as colorfully (like so many golden-foliage plants, that really don’t want the darkest corners to achieve peak vibrancy). Give it moist (not sodden) humusy soil and you are set. I even like when the leaves fade to a wheat color in fall, and leave them intact for a month or so, then clean them up after longer bouts of wet or snowy weather damage them. Digging Dog Nursery in CA has even more varieties, including some rarer ones with white variegation, fyi. http://www.diggingdog.com/pages2/hakonechloa.php
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.