GoldDust your paths to illuminate your backyard | Features


I had been looking at photographs of past year’s trials and that I had been struck by one of some Mecardonia. I’ve not ever written about this plant and has been believing there’s a fantastic opportunity my readers don’t understand how lovely and hard as nails this blossom is, especially the award-winning variety GoldDust.

GoldDust, a Proven Winners choice, has won 67 awards, from north to south and east to west. It was a Top Performer at Penn State, University of Georgia, Tennessee, Cornell, South Dakota State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and the list goes on for pages. This speaks volumes and largely of what it’ll do on your landscape also!

At that the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, we utilized it in our Cottage Garden about a stone stepping stone trail. It was much like a Caribbean Cottage — we’d gingers, plumbago, shrimp plants and tall garden phlox all fairly, but it had been patch of GoldDust mecardonia that appeared to illuminate the backyard. It was amazing since it bloomed in the time we planted it before late autumn. There aren’t that many crops which will accomplish that.

Mecardonia has the frequent name axil blossom and when I started growing it had been at the Scrophulariaceae family linked to snapdragons and these. Well, that cryptic plank of taxonomic nomenclature has transferred it and pops also, to the Plantaginaceae or plantain family. But alas they’re still related.

Mecardonias are out of South America up through Central America and also into the warmer areas of this Southeastern United States. GoldDust nevertheless, is a hybrid vehicle and a good one reaching just approximately 5 inches in height. Can you simply imagine a plant in the elevation that blossoms with bright yellow blossoms all growing season?

Remarkably it spreads out 20 inches, enabling it to be unbeatable about stepping stone, little drifts of groundcover, and for certain, tumbling across the canals of baskets, containers and boxes such as older planet olive jars. It is an easy to grow plant, requiring no deadheading. Your main aims would be to give sunlight and moist fertile soil.

Many of you may anticipate GoldDust to be a yearly and obviously one value every penny invested. To have a wonderful casual ramble or patch, plant four or three, spacing 12-16 inches apart. They are continuing in zones 10 and word on the street is they’ve amazed several in colder zones using a spring return. Don’t rely on it celebrate if they’re doing.

At that the Young Plant Farms Flower Trials in Auburn past year, I watched a brand new program which was just amazing. They had united Blue My Mind evolvulus together with all the Gold Dust mecardonia permitting them intermingle. The frosty blue and merry yellow made the great complementary partnership.

One of my preferred Proven Winners recipes and software is a window box planting partnering Gold Dust mecardonia with Illusion Garden ornamental sweet potato and Superbena Peachy Keen verbena. It is a hot elegant venture but not glaring or brassy.

I recommend you to test it and by all means think about some blue mixtures including Unplugged So Blue salvia or Superbena Dark Blue verbena.

Norman Winter, horticulturist, garden speaker and writer of, “Tough-as-Nails Flowers for the South” and “Captivating Combinations: Color and Style in the Garden.” Follow him on Facebook @NormanWinterTheGardenGuy.

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