Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (Golden Hops Vine)

Golden hops vine against a brightly painted fence
Golden hops against a funky spilt rail fence

Hops are one of the few plants that I’m allergic to – either the oils or the coarse hairs brought me out in a rash when I had to prune a vigorous vine that had overgrown its space.

I’ll not hold it against them as they’re attractive plants with shapely leaves, and it’s safe to say they weren’t out to get me. Or fairly safe, as it could be a tactic evolved to stop creatures messing with them.

Humulus lupulus 'Aureus | Golden hops vine
Golden hops dazzles against a purple wall

Garden designers love the golden-leaved version, which certainly knows how to brighten a corner. I liked the way sunlight trailed a shadow vine up the wall too. The top picture was taken at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent and the bottom at Harlow Carr in Harrogate.

I’m linking to Becky’s BrightSquares which runs throughout April. I thought hops appropriate to mark England’s pubs and restaurants being cautiously re-opened today for socially distanced outdoor service. I won’t be partaking myself, but feel sure thousands of gallons of beer will be consumed.

24 Replies to “Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (Golden Hops Vine)”

    1. I don’t imagine they are the same, like how not all camellias are used to make tea. But I might be wrong and they could be in someone’s secret recipe!

  1. I had a lovely growth of hops in my garden in California, but not golden. I wonder if I would have thought to pair such color with it had it been golden. Likely not, alas. I do love that purple — the shadow effect is striking. I hope the cautious re-opening will go well there.

  2. ooh I didn’t realise this was another one of those innocuous looking plants that can be problematic. Great shots of it though, and so very appropriate for yesterday ๐Ÿ˜€

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