Where there’s gold …

Rudbeckia with Hoopsii Spruce in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://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 . . . [Read more…]

Another White

Another White | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Another white (Photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Splashes of white light up any garden space and one of my favorites is the Eastern U.S. native Parthenium integrifolium, commonly known as wild quinine. I was introduced to wild quinine about ten years ago and haven’t stopped loving it yet.  This plant produces unusual clusters of white on strong stems that rise up from the base around 3′ in height and are guaranteed to delight you.  An ornamental asset; these flat topped whorls of pearly alabaster flowers last several weeks and continue to put forth showy fresh blooms from early June to August. I do prune the florets when they brown, this may help prolong the display. [Read more…]