This Coneflower Is The Best

Goldstrum coneflower planted as a seedling two years ago

Goldsturm coneflower planted as a seedling two years ago

Goldstrum is considered one of the best coneflowers for Birmingham gardens

Goldsturm is considered one of the best coneflowers for Birmingham gardens.

If there is one perennial I can depend on to bloom in my mid-July garden it is Goldsturm coneflower. I started many years ago with a single plant from a mail-order nursery and have had a few plants in my garden to literally hundreds before I redid my flower border. The ones in the images are two years old from seedlings in my garden. This plant seeds readily, but they are not an obnoxious prolific seeder. I have many times divided my plants in late winter or transplanted seedlings into pots in early spring until the root system is well established, then I transplant them to the garden. Blooming now is a great advantage for me, as many things with our current heat are looking tuckered. The Goldsturm’s look great. They like full sun, but I think they do best in morning shade and afternoon sun. I have found them to thrive well in okay soil, and while they are somewhat drought resistant, watering in dry weather will help the flowers last longer. So, as you are looking around at great looking summer flowering plants, I think you will agree with me that Goldsturm coneflower is one of the best for a hot summer bloomer.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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