I’m a huge fan of goldenrods (Solidago sp.) with so many amazing selections for the home garden (and native pollinators!). Granted, some species can either get quite large or are spreaders. As always, knowing your plant is important and as gardeners, we should be aware that goldenrod does not contribute to hayfever symptoms; that’s ragweed (and other culprits) that blooms at the same time.
Goldenrod has received short shrift in our gardens and there are some absolutely amazing selections. In larger spaces, I love including ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa) as it gets 4′ tall and 5′ wide in time with amazing, arching stems and flowers. For a smaller selection that is great in the front of the border, Little Lemon (or ‘Dansolitlem’) goldenrod (Solidago hybrida) tops out at less than 18″ in height. What are your favorites?