Winterberry Farm Primitives

This blog is now devoted to gardening with native plants with a focus on those species native to the east coast of the United States. With an MS in Agricultural Science from the University of Delaware and my love of native plants, I hope to help folks see the beauty and necessity of using native plants in your garden instead of exotic plants. Did you know that our native song birds and native insects are disappearing as our local environments continue to change?
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Fall is Coming and the Solidago is Already Flowering...

Finally back after a couple of years and just in time for the beautiful flowers of the Solidago species that you can see everyday on roadsides and in the fields. Pair these flowers with some red asters, Lobelia cardinalis that is still flowering and you have a bright and cheerful fall garden. Solidago (or goldenrod) come in several species and cultivars, sizes and hues of yellow gold tiny flowers, and even different hues of green that can range from a bright green color to a dark blue/green on the shade-loving Solidago caesia (Blue-Stem Goldenrod). As the leaves on shrubs and trees begin to change color, add several of these fall flowering Solidago species to the your shrub bed for a burst of bright golden color. One of the best cultivars for your garden is Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks', an old cultivar but still one of the best for the home garden. It will form small clumps with those striking golden arches of flowers shooting out over the top of the foliage. No matter what species or cultivar you plant, it will put a smile on your face every time you walk by it.

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