By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Flat top goldenrod plants grow in parts of North America and can be considered a nuisance in a few regions. While the plant itself is not particularly spectacular, the pretty flattened clusters of golden yellow flowers that bloom all summer are a treat. Learn more here.
By Amy Grant
While not widely distributed, growing Ohio goldenrod is possible by purchasing seeds. The following article contains information on how to grow Ohio goldenrod and about Ohio goldenrod care within a native growing environment. Click here for more info.
By Mary Ellen Ellis
Rough goldenrod flowers bloom in the fall and add a spectacular, rich yellow to the autumnal landscape. As a native wildflower, it looks great in perennial beds and natural areas of your garden. Care is easy too, and this article will help get you started.
By Teo Spengler
If you are thinking of growing stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida), it will bring an easy-care and eye-catching native plant into your garden. For more rigid goldenrod information and tips on how grow stiff goldenrod, click on the article that follows.
By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Goldenrods spring up in mass in the natural summer landscape. Topped with plumes of fluffy yellow flowers, goldenrod is sometimes considered a weed, but it doesn't have to be. Learn more about it in this article.
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My mother was a good gardener and knew which plants most needed her attention and which could happily get on without any fuss. Of this latter group there were two that were especially forgiving.
The first was goldenrod and the second montbretia.
Few folk bother with goldenrod nowadays, unless they inherit it. Fifty years ago it was a rather dreary plant – 5ft tall with flowers a dirty yellow. It seemed to do well on railway embankments, which resulted in it getting rather a bad name.
Another reason why it continues to be less popular is because it is yellow.
People are funny about yellow flowers once the daffodils of spring have faded. The truth of the matter is that yellow is not the easiest colour to place in a garden but in dull weather it positively sings.
So if you want a splash of sunshine halfway into a deep herbaceous border, or right at the back in a small garden, seek out Solidago ‘Goldenmosa’ which is one of the best forms of goldenrod.
Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
May be a noxious weed or invasive
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed sow indoors before last frost
Self-sows freely deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
On Sep 29, 2005, artcons from Fort Lauderdale, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:
My Goldenrod was a gift from the birds that frequent the overhead utility lines running across my East property border. I dug it out and transplanted it to the opposite side of my garden to a "watch" area where it is now. I did not id the plant until this week.
The plant is about four months old and growing nicely. It's a Florida native so it's welcome in the yard. Very showy cluster of small bright yellow flowers.
It attracts a variety of bees and butterfies. My pictured plant is between 34 & 35 inches tall. It's growing in mostly full sun with average water.
Added 12-19, it's spreading via rhizomes, but if watched, it can be made to stay in a confined space. It's been a colorfull addition to the yard. Depending on how it handles the winter, I may move s. read more ome of it to a different location that needs color during the winter months.
On Jan 31, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:
Basal leaves persist through the winter in the spring, as the plant begins to grow, the lower leaves are often shed. New ones form along the rhizomes. Give this species plenty of room to grow and spread.
Tomorrow when Michelle Obama and a corps of photogenic multicultural schoolchildren head out to the White House lawn to plant vegetable seedlings, they’ll be kicking off the seventh growing season of a flourishing edible garden that once caused skeptics to roll their eyes. In 2009 when the First Lady first grabbed a shovel (and learned–on camera–just how hard it is to dig up grass), a New York Times reporter wondered, “What would Mrs. Obama’s impeccable outfit – thigh-length wrap sweater and patent leather boots–look like when she was done?”
Luckily, no harm has befallen the First Lady’s wardrobe. And she’s learned a few things about gardening along the way. As the first permanent White House kitchen garden since World War II has grown (it now sprawls over 1,500 square feet), so have her ambitions. While the White House gardeners added fruit trees, berry bushes, and flowers to attract pollinators, the First Lady used the garden as a springboard to launch her “Let’s Move” campaign to improve children’s health.
Here are 10 garden ideas to steal from Michelle Obama’s White House garden:
Photography via Obama Foodorama except where noted.
Above: Michelle Obama’s gardening wardrobe has evolved with her garden. For a lightweight navy hooded jacket similar to the First Lady’s, a Swing Trench Coat is $228 at J. Crew. Photograph via ABC.
“On March 20, 2009, I was like any other hopeful gardener with a pot out on the windowsill or a small plot by the back door. I was nervously watching the sky. Would it freeze? Would it snow? Would it rain?” Michelle Obama wrote in American Grown, the story of how she embarked on an adventure: planting her first garden.
The first step? Coming up with a good garden layout.
The White House kitchen garden has the good fortune to be sited in full sun. If you’re laying out a garden from scratch, see Michelle Obama’s Kitchen Garden Design Checklist from Let’s Move.
Two helpful hints from the checklist: Put the tallest plants in the back of the
garden so they don’t steal the sun from shorter plants and lay out planting rows from north to south “to maximize the sun’s rise and fall.”
Above: Lettuce seedlings in raised beds in the White House garden in early April 2015. If you’re looking for a raised-bed kit to start a garden, see 5 Favorites: Raised Garden Bed Roundup and Design Sleuth: Stacked Raised Beds for the Garden.
If you’re ready to plant, start in early spring with lettuce. If you’re growing lettuce from seed, sow the cool weather crop now for a harvest in late spring and early summer.
Above: For slate garden markers similar to the ones in the White House garden, see High/Low: Slate Garden Marker Kits. For more garden plant labels, see 10 Easy Pieces: Garden Markers.
As you plant spring crops including lettuce, spinach, and onions, remember to leave room for summer crops such as tomatoes and corn. If you have a small garden plot, after the spring harvest enrich the soil by digging in compost and manure and then plant summer crops. For a reminder of when to plant what, see Johnny’s Seeds Vegetable Succession Planting Chart.
Above: Corn is one of the summer crops in the White House garden.
Above: The more you tend your own garden, the healthier you’ll be. Gardening is good exercise you can burn 182 calories by weeding for half an hour.
Above: Tomatillos in the White House garden.
In addition to growing the usual suspects, the White House gardeners plant tomatillos, sea kale, and Lincoln oats (all of which end up on the menu at the White House). If you want to grow your own oatmeal, plant Hulless Oats a 1-ounce packet of seeds is $4 from Baker Creek.
Above: Red flowering salvia (R) is planted alongside peanuts, pumpkins, papaya, figs, lemon grass, and squash in the White House garden.
Above: Plant flowers that attract bees, birds, butterflies, and moths. The White House garden has a raised bed dedicated to 34 varieties of plants that pollinators love, including butterfly weed, goldenrod, white wood aster, Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’, Joe Pye weed, willow leaf ‘Blue Star’, Liatris ‘Blazing star’, purple lungwort, broom sedge, Black-eyed Susan, and little bluestem grass.
Above: Last spring Michelle Obama planted two types of milkweed as host plants for endangered monarch butterflies.
Monarch caterpillars live exclusively on milkweed plants, according to the National Wildlife Federation: “Milkweeds contain glycoside toxins that are harmless to the monarch but poisonous to its predators. Monarch caterpillars feed on all the different parts of milkweed plants and store up the toxins in their body. The toxins remain in their system even after metamorphosis, thereby making adult monarchs poisonous as well.”
Milkweed wildflowers belong to the genus Asclepias an Asclepias Mixture of 10 plants is $14 from Breck’s.
Above: A beehive on the White House lawn next to the vegetable beds.
Above: A plaque in the White House garden has a quote from Thomas Jefferson to remind gardeners that the hope is “the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another” will provide a bountiful harvest.
Gardens are at the mercy of rain, wind, hail, insects, and varmints don’t expect everything to go right all the time. If one plant fails, try another.
“Trial and error is normal in gardening–your garden will get better over time, year after year,” advises the Let’s Move program. If you’re looking for more advice, the federal Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension program offers non-formal education and gardening tips “including a local Extension Master Gardener volunteer to help with gardening challenges or lead training sessions.”
Find your county’s Cooperative Extension Office at the National Pesticide Information Center.
For more help planning a kitchen garden, see:
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