New Front Yard: Goldenrod turns heads in summer garden

06/14/2014 12:00 AM

10/04/2014 12:45 AM

This is one part in a weekly series featuring the UC Davis Arboretum “New Front Yard” series, 41 drought-tolerant and beautiful plants well adapted to our region.

Cascade Creek California goldenrod

Solidago californica “Cascade Creek”

Size: 2 to 3 feet

Bloom season: Spring, summer and fall

Pruning needs: Cut to ground after it flowers in late fall.

Exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Water needs: Once established, water deeply once or twice a month.

Snapshot: Here’s a California native goldenrod improved for the home garden. From spring through fall, “Cascade Creek” bears massive displays of bright yellow flowers, beloved by bees and butterflies. Because it’s such a favorite with beneficial insects, this goldenrod can make a nice addition to native-grass meadows, providing color while many natives turn brown. You can see specimens in bloom now in the Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California native plants on UC Davis campus.

• For more on the New Front Yard, click on arboretum.ucdavis.edu.

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See photo galleries of the arboretum’s Community Favorites and Arboretum All-Stars at sacbee.com/home_garden .

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