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Goldenrod (page 3 of 3)

by Jack Ruttle

How to Grow and Use Goldenrod

All the Solidago species are very easy to grow. They are relatively pest and drought tolerant. As with most fall-blooming plants, they are best planted and divided in spring. Rejuvenate the clumps by dividing every 4 to 6 years. Dig the plant with a fork and carefully break the clump into pieces with four or more shoots each.

As your crop of goldenrods increases, you'll be able to use them liberally to bring brilliance to the late border. Goldenrods are the perfect match for the other fall classics: Sedum 'Autumn Joy', any of the myriad asters or Eupatorium, the deep purple Vernonia or the aster-goldenrod hybrid, Solidaster. Species, such as S. rigida, are best in naturalistic gardens. Many goldenrods make excellent cut flowers.

Jack Ruttle is a former editor at National Gardening.

Photography by Sabin Gratz/National Gardening Association

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