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It's time to debunk a garden myth: Goldenrod does not aggravate allergies! The pollen is too heavy to fly in the wind and instead sticks to the legs of the insects and butterflies that feed on its nectar.
It's one of the most glorious flowers of late summer and early autumn, with the wild type blanketing ditches and other open, moist sunny places. In your own garden, choose the hybridized types that are shorter, longer-blooming, and don't spread out of control. Divide or take cuttings of these to increase your supply; seed will not come true.
The beautiful violet daisies of Hella Lacy aster contrast well with bright yellow hybrid goldenrods in early fall in full sun.Russian sage
The lavender blue-flowered wands of Russian sage are fine contrasting accompaniments for hybrid goldenrods in sunny gardens.Helenium
Bronze-red helenium flowers contrast in form and complement in color against bright yellow hybrid goldenrods in late summer and fall.