Golden mop cypress companion plants enhance the appearance of any landscape by making it vibrant looking. They are grown alongside the Gold mop false cypress plant—a beautiful shrub with golden foliage.

Golden Mop Cypress Companion Plants

Also called Chamaecyparis Gold mop dwarf, these hardy plants are becoming every gardener’s favorite these days.

And if you are looking for plants to combine with these weather-tolerant shrubs, below are options to consider.

👩🏻‍🎓 Scientific Reference

“A study at Pennsylvania State University found that effective companion planting can lead to a 15% decrease in pesticide use.”Pennsylvania State University Research

List of Golden Mop Cypress Companion Plants

1. Hostas

Hostas are shady plants that produce beautiful foliage in several colors like green and blue. They produce white or lilac colors that are on full display in the summer. Hostas have broad leaves that can be paired perfectly as cypress grows, and when the leaves are young, still, they will be softer and brighter, which makes it more agile and great to add contrast. 

Beautiful Leaves of Hostas

They come in varieties, such as August Moon, Gold Standard, and Blue Mouse Ears. Hostas grow as tall as 16 inches, depending on the variety and growing conditions.

– Planting Requirements

Hostas thrive best in partial shade and rich, moist soils that are slightly acidic. Although they are touted as shade-loving plants, some variants require occasional sunlight. Before planting, dig about a foot deep and ensure it’s wide enough to accommodate the spread when it fully matures. They grow for years and are tolerant of summer drought.

Hosta plants are easy to care for. To maintain their bloom, fertilize the plant each spring. Avoid granular fertilizers by all means. Water the root to keep it moist and not wet. Hostas are prone to crown rot, so remove any affected plant. Nonetheless, you must be careful, because it is very easy for deer to come and attack these plants by eating them at night, as a result, you can even try growing daffodils around the Hostas to keep them away.

2. Japanese Mahonia

Japanese Mahonia makes a fantastic companion to Chamaecyparis pisifera plants because they do well in the same hardiness zones 7 and 8, where they will face no difficulty growing. 

Japanese Mahonia Fruits

This plant is also known as Mahonia Japonica, this shrub grows as tall as five feet with over 10 feet wide. Although the foliage is the center of attraction, one can’t help but notice the beautiful yellow flowers. On the other hand, as you plant them note that they would produces flowers in the autumn and spring, while it grows fruit in colder months.

– Plant Requirements

This plant does well in part to full shade. Overexposure to sunlight will cause scorches on the leaves. Mahonias don’t like to be moved, so choosing the right site is crucial for their success. They must be spaced evenly when planted around the cypress to promote growth. 

Japanese mahonias don’t need too much fertilization. However, note that you can always Adding low-nitrogen fertilizer or compost with a bone meal every spring is enough.

Japanese mahonias need regular watering when they are growing, but avoid overwatering. Once established, you can water them occasionally, especially when hot. Light pruning every few years in spring will encourage growth.

3. Orange Rocket Barberry

If you want companion plants for Orange rocket barberry, the threadleaf false cypress plant is the right choice. And if you want a variety to add to your Gold cypress, you can try planting the Orange rocket barberry. These two plants go hand-in-hand.

Berries on Orange Rocket Barberry 

The Orange rocket barberry is known for its upright columnar shape and red-orange leaves that fit gorgeously alongside your evergreen cypress. It is hardy for zones five to eight, making them ideal partners for the thread leaf false cypress, because these are common properties that they share.

The soft foliage matures in summer, turning into a vibrant-looking scarlet red before changing to ruby red in the winter. Also note that it loses its leaves in the winter but regrows them in spring.

– Plant Requirements

This plant prefers full sun to partial shade, so choose locations with this sun requirement for the best results. It needs at least three hours of sunlight daily for its growth, but if more, it will grow in a healthy way and become luscious. On the other hand, remember that it tolerates all kinds of soils, from sandy to rich soils. However, the soil must be well-drained, as soggy soils will lead to root rot.

Orange rocket barberry needs to be watered at least two times a week for the first couple of months during growth. This will enable the establishment of deep roots that will be used to draw water during a drought. Just as the roots have been established, the plan requires little water. In winter, gardeners should add mulch to the plant’s base to protect the root.

4. Ultra Violet Buddleia

This is an attractive flowering plant that attracts pollinators like butterflies. This pollinating plant produces flowers from spring to fall. 

Butterfly on Ultra Violet Buddleia

– Plant Requirements

Like Oakland hollies, this plant is hardy to zone five and upwards, which shows that it covers a big region, and it also indicates that this plant would tolerate full sun. However, it must be watered thoroughly and frequently to withstand the intensity of the sun. Besides, it can also serve as a plant border.

When it comes to the irrigation needs, the plant must be watered regularly if the heat outside is intense. It prefers well-drained soils and tolerates all soil types, but it shouldn’t be overwatered, of course. 

On the other hand, you must be fertilizing the plant every year is recommended to maintain bloom. Golden mop spacing must be maintained to encourage the growth of the gold mop cypress. As a result, you can see that the False Cypress care is straightforward, and you can have a pretty growing tree in a little bit of time.

5. Daffodils

Daffodils can be grown alongside Golden cypress plants. Apart from complementing the shrubs, Daffodils are rodent-repellent. They contain poisonous toxins that irritate squirrels and deer, so your Cypress tree grows uninterruptedly.

Beautiful Daffodils in Garden

Daffodils are perennial plants that produce colorful flowers with shares of yellow and white. Sometimes, they produce shades of pink, too, which is why it adds an amazing type of contrast when yout garden has both Cyprus tree and these flowers growing. They are hardy plants that thrive in woodlands, making them perfect for these Golden plants.

– Plant Requirements

Daffodils do well in slightly fertile and moist soil with a pH level of 6.0 and under. They are soil tolerant, meaning you can grow them in loam, clay, or sand. However, the soil must be well-drained to get the best out of it. 

You should grow this plant in the fall when temperatures are around 66 degrees Fahrenheit. The bulbs need the coldness of the winter for their roots to develop before the flowering season in the spring. This is why the temperature is ideal.

Water the soil regularly, but don’t make it moist, because this one will not tolerate humidity in the roots, as they latter would start to malfunction and become weaken. Only do this when it is still growing, on the other hand occe fully developed, you can water sparingly.

6. Barrenwort

Barrenwort or Epimedium alpinum is a herbaceous plant with beautiful burgundy or blue foliage. The flowers, which are typically red, yellow, or white, are produced in early spring, great for your garden in so many ways. 

Leaves of Red Barrenwort

Native to the Mediterranean and East Asia, this unusual plant adds a touch of woodland fancy to a landscape when planted. We love this plant because it thrives in low-light conditions. The plant grows as tall as 12 inches and three feet wide. This makes them compatible with Golden mop cypress plants since they don’t compete for root space.

– Plant Requirements

Barrenwort is drought-tolerant. In colder climates, you can plant rhizomes indoors and then take them outdoors when the frost has passed. Rhizomes are challenging to find, but you can purchase them at specialty nurseries. As mentioned, it thrives in part sun and low-light conditions. This beautiful plant is soil tolerant but extremely fragile at the same time; however, it grows best in acidic soils with plenty of organic matter.

Barrenwort plants need regular watering as soon as the plants are established. Once they mature, they can survive in low-water situations. They also need occasional division to enhance bloom. The only issue is their susceptibility to vine weevils and mosaic virus. Once a plant is attacked by any of these, the best thing to do is to remove the plant.


Golden mop cypress elevates the landscape when combined with Gold mop cypress plants. These plants pair well with the evergreen shrub and even act as ground cover plants and rodent repellents.

Before choosing these plants, take note of the following;

  • They share the same growing conditions as gold cypress.
  • Some of them like the Barrenwort are drought tolerant, which means they will require the soil to be dry and still function.
  • You must be careful when you plant some hostae, because deer can come at night and eat them as a source of food.
  • The Japanese Mahonia does not tolerate heavy fertilizing, which is what will make it go weaker rather than stronger.

Search no more for landscaping ideas for your Gold cypress. Simply grow these plants in your garden and enjoy the beauty thereafter.

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