When I saw a picture of this in a perennial nursery catalogue I had my doubts that it would live up to expectations but I ordered it anyway and found it surpassed my expectations. Just when the garden is looking a little tired and needs something to pep it up the plant bursts into flower with its arching, bright yellow, 18” long spikes of flowers that virtually cover the plant. A gentle breeze give life to the flower spikes creating a dazzling look. You can add the same pizzazz to fresh arrangements with a few stems of this great cut flower. ‘Fireworks, unlike most other goldenrods, is well behaved and spreads slowly, and it keeps its bottom foliage so you don’t have to worry about hiding ugly ankles. It is a low maintenance plant, good in the border, is not bothered by mildew, and butterflies love it!  What more can you ask from a plant?

Type: Herbaceous perennial.

Bloom: Bright yellow 18” arching spikes of small flowers in late summer to early fall.

Size: 2-3’ W x 2-3’ H.

Light: Full sun (gets floppy in shade).

Soil: Average, moist, well drained.

Hardiness: Zones 4-9.

Care: Provide moisture during dry spells and good air circulation for best growth.

Pests and Diseases: None of significance.

Propagation: Division of clumps in spring.

Companion Plants: Sage (Salvia ‘May Night’), Aster ‘Purple Dome, Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis).

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By Karen