Where there’s gold …

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii Spruce in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii spruce (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

. . . there’s Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ that is, providing a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in your garden.  This native beauty is tough, disease resistant, drought tolerant and easy to grow.  Justifiably chosen as Perennial Plant of the Year for 1999, as long as you live in zones 3–9 and have lots of sun and soil, you’ve met its minimal requirements.  Although sources state its height at about 24″, in my garden black-eyed Susan grows to over 3′ tall easily, sometimes I cut it back just to keep it a little shorter and to prolong the bloom.  Her spread is a little less predictable . . .

Rudbeckia Goldsturm lines my walkway in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Rudbeckia Goldsturm lines my walkway (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Goldsturm erupts in a blaze of gold mid-July and goes on and on (and on) until September, giving you months of pleasure and dazzle that both you and your butterfly friends will enjoy. In the fall, the seed heads are a great food source for birds as well as an aesthetic contribution to the autumn landscape.

If I had to say anything bad about Goldy, (o.k., twist my arm) it would be that she is a bit of a bully and will dominate other plants you wouldn’t think could be so easily pushed around.  I have tried to introduce a few liatris, veronicastrum, and hyssop to the mix, only to be smothered out within a year.  Having reluctantly accepted this aggressive personality trait, I constrain it somewhat by removing sections that have spread farther than I want; either by pulling or digging.

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' in A garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Whether you decide to let this plant have her way in your garden or keep her on a tight leash is up to you.  Either way, prepare to be bowled over by this golden lady’s brilliant, enduring display.  Sit back and enjoy!

**For other yellow flowering suggestions read The Power of Yellow

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