Humulus Lupulus 'Aureus' (Golden Hop) is a great climbing plant. It is very easy to grow. It grows very quickly and so if you want to cover a pergola this will do the job. It also has large golden leaves that positively glow in the sun. In the autumn the leaves turn even more golden and the golden hop becomes covered in small cream coloured, unusually shaped flowers.
Looks great when growing with a purple-leaved ornamental vine or a purple-flowered clematis.
Growing Guide for Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' (Golden Hop)
Easy to grow and tolerates most soils but grows much better when the soil is not too dry. It grows in full sun and partial shade but if it is too shady the leaves will be green rather than their beautiful gold colour.
The golden hop is fully hardy but it is best to cut back hard at the end of winter to get lots of vigouous new growth. Mulch in spring with well-rotted compost.
Humulus lupulus 'Aureus' has received the RHSs Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
To propogate cuttings can be take in spring and summer though once established you will find it sends out its own shoots into the garden which you can cut at the point where roots are put out and plant in another area. Beware though, this ability does make it a bit of a thug if you do not keep a close eye on it.