Festive ‘Fireworks’ Goldenrod

This perennial explodes in a fury of autumn color.
'Fireworks' goldenrod has arching spires of bright yellow flower clusters. Plant it against a backdrop of dark green or burgundy for best effect.

'Fireworks' goldenrod has arching spires of bright yellow flower clusters. Plant it against a backdrop of dark green or burgundy for best effect.

Photo by: Image courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Image courtesy of the Atlanta Botanical Garden

'Fireworks' goldenrod has arching spires of bright yellow flower clusters. Plant it against a backdrop of dark green or burgundy for best effect.

Have you heard the explosion of fireworks in the garden?

No, we’re not talking a belated July Fourth celebration. We’re talking goldenrod in all its blazing yellow flames that emerge in late summer and early fall. One variety in particular, ‘Fireworks’—with its arching spires of brilliant golden flower clusters—couldn’t be more aptly named.

Although hailed as a prized perennial in the garden, goldenrod, Solidago, is considered a wildflower, even a weed by some, because of its prolific growth along roadsides, in swamps and in woodlands. With more than 50 species in North America alone, it’s difficult to tell most of them apart. All are late bloomers, and most feature flowers clustered along long branches with narrow green leaves.

One of the most popular varieties for home gardens is Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’. Hardy in zones 4-8, this tough plant grows to 3 to 4 feet tall and prefers full sun. Like most goldenrods, it’s drought tolerant and not picky about soil, adapting well to both moist and dry sites. Plant it against a backdrop of dark evergreens or burgundy-leafed plants so that its bright yellow flowers pop in an even grander explosion of color.

Bees flock to ‘Fireworks’ like crazy. In fact, goldenrods in general are known for attracting wildlife, especially insects. Bees and butterflies are drawn to its nectar and pollen, and wasps, spiders and birds prey on them.

One final note: While goldenrod is often blamed for fall allergies, its pollen is not the cause. The enemy is ragweed, which blooms at the same time.

Next Up

Planting and Growing Garden Phlox

Learn how to plant, grow and care for this perennial charmer in your garden.

Planting and Growing Joe Pye Weed

Forget the "weed" in this plant's name. Joe Pye weed is actually a wildflower that invites lots of lovely butterflies to your garden.

Growing Blanket Flower

Low-maintenance blanket flower is a native plant that will fill your yard’s sunny spots with colorful blooms all season long.

Mums 101: When To Plant and How To Grow Chrysanthemums

Mums can give you color until the cold comes. Here’s how to make the queen of autumn gardens thrive.

Planting and Growing Russian Sage

Learn how to plant Russian sage and use his drought-tolerant perennial.

Planting and Growing Milkweed

Welcome endangered monarchs and other beautiful butterflies to your yard with milkweed. We tell you how, when and where to grow different types of milkweed — including butterfly weed, common milkweed, swamp milkweed and showy milkweed — as well as where to get milkweed seeds.

Growing Monarda: When to Plant and How to Grow Bee Balm

Your garden will be buzzing—with helpful bees and compliments—when you plant colorful monarda, or bee balm.

How to Grow and Care for Calibrachoas

Whether you call them million bells or baby petunias, easy-to-grow calibrachoas may be small, but they pack a big punch of color in the garden.

How to Plant and Grow Anemone Flower

Looking for brilliant blooms to take your garden from spring to summer to fall? Easy-to-grow anemones are the answer.

How to Grow and Care for Agapanthus

Learn how to successfully plant, tend and enjoy African lily from garden (or pot) to vase.

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.

On TV

Hawaii Life

6am | 5c

Hawaii Life

6:30am | 5:30c

Hawaii Life

7am | 6c

Hawaii Life

7:30am | 6:30c

Hawaii Life

8am | 7c

Hawaii Life

8:30am | 7:30c

House Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

House Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

House Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight
8pm | 7c
8:31pm | 7:31c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:31pm | 10:31c

Down Home Fab

12am | 11c

House Hunters

2:31am | 1:31c
3am | 2c
3:31am | 2:31c

House Hunters

4:30am | 3:30c

House Hunters

5:30am | 4:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.