What would autumn be without goldenrods? In my garden, certainly, it would be a lot less colorful.
Even in a shady corner, Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis) adds luminosity to the scene. A good plant for spots that are difficult or on the wild side – aggressive but useful in the right place and beautiful in its season.
This is an unknown Goldenrod, maybe Solidago rugosa, that arrived on its own. I let it grow under the Silver Maple in the back garden. I like how it blooms with the False Aster (Boltonia asteroides), another volunteer.
Without Goldenrod, there would surely be fewer bees in our garden right now, especially the bumblebees.
Are there still people who believe that Goldenrod contributes to the misery of their pollen allergies? A damnable libel – the true culprit is Ragweed. Goldenrod is wholly innocent.
There are some species and varieties of Goldenrod that are reasonably well-behaved (Solidago caesia or S. odorata, for example), so do not be afraid to include them in your garden. After all, an autumn garden without Goldenrod is like an unfinished painting, like a bagel without cream cheese, like an orchestra without a brass section.
Do you have Goldenrod in your garden?