so many pollinators, this Green Anole lizard finds
the Golden Lace to be a happy hunting ground.
you are developing a garden for beauty and hoping to
host pollinators like bees and butterflies, then put
Golden Lace at the top of your list. This sizzling
summer perennial is a selection of Patrinia
scabiosifolia and native to Korea. Oh, my gosh, this is
a plant that absolutely commands attention.
you start growing this 4- to 5-foot-tall plant loaded
with thousands of tiny golden yellow blossoms, you will
want to pull up a chair with a good pair of
close-focusing binoculars, your digital camera and hang
out all day. You will also want to bring along an insect
nature guide as you will have more bees and wasps than
you ever knew existed.
donít worry, butterflies adore the blossoms, too. We
have had Silver Spotted Skippers, Long-tailed Skippers,
Gray hairstreaks and Red-banded Hairstreaks. Then to
make it more exciting the pollinator predators also show
up. On any given day the Green Anole lizards are there,
lying still, waiting for the perfect moment to grab
their version of the Happy Meal.
Golden Lace is rocking at my workplace, the Coastal
Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, and you can count
on it to do the same in your garden. It is a cold hardy
perennial in zones 4 to 9. It has been known to re-seed
a little which I would welcome here but is easy to pull
if one comes up where it is not wanted.
is in the cottage garden growing in close proximity to
Joe Pye weed which is also doing its part bringing in
the big boys of the pollinator world like the Eastern
Tiger swallowtails and the Palamedes swallowtails. The
rose pink of the Joe Pye is a thrilling companion.
Fortune agastache or Black Adder agastache would make
the ultimate companion planting with the blue to violet
shades of spikey bottlebrush-like flowers. It would also
create what would be a pollinator heaven as they too
bring in bees, and butterflies in uncountable numbers.
Lace will reach a spread of around 3 feet. It thrives in
fertile well-drained soil and needs plenty of sun to
reach its maximum potential. It starts blooming in
mi-summer lasting for weeks and then continues to dazzle
in landscape as the remaining floral parts retain that
bright cheerful golden color. If you are a cut flower
lover, you will rejoice as everyone raves about the
texture and beauty in the vase regardless whether it is
cut in bloom or after the petals have fallen.
mentioned Blue Fortune agastache and Joe Pye Weed as
great landscape partners, but also consider salvias.
Favorite choices would be Victoria Blue, Mystic Spires
Blue, and Southern Livingís new Amistad salvia with
the dark violet blossoms and black calyces. These would
all make great complementary color partners but also do
their part in bringing not only bees and butterflies,
but hummingbirds, too.
Lace is still not a staple of the local garden center,
so if yours doesnít have it or canít get it, donít
fret. It seems to be readily available through several
perennial mail-order sites. Give it a try. I promise the
whole family will be amazed at the pollinator activity.