My three Duranta gold mound (Duranta erecta “Gold Mound”), like most plants in my yard, are new and small. Each of the plants is less than 15″ (38 cm) tall. I chose them because the description on the tag sounded like what I needed for a small triangular area in the front:
- low-growing evergreen shrub (average height is 24″/60 cm)
- glowing golden-colored foliage
- adds a splash of color in borders
- delicate white flowers in summer (except they are blue!)
I also chose this plant because my research indicated it is drought-tolerant so it should do well with natural rainfall once established. It is growing in full sun, virtually without shade all day, so to get it established, I’m watering when the soil is dry. It is also supposed to be cold-tolerant, good down to 20 to 10 F ( -7 to -12 C). We’ll see next winter if it is as cold-tolerant as advertised.
I’m not using it as a border. I have them in a small triangle around a newly planted crepe myrtle, but there is space for another three at least. so I may decide to add more plants to fill in the area and to create more of a border effect. I’m off to the plant store tomorrow to I’ll see what they have available.