What’s Blooming 7/31/2017

Goldhill Golden-aster – Heterotheca jonesii x villosa ‘Goldhill’

 

One of the many things to love about the Plant Select program is their collection called Plant Select Petites. These are tough plants that are adapted for gardens in the Intermountain West, just like all the other plants in the program. The difference is that the Petites are selected specifically for small spaces. They are perfect for troughs, containers, rock gardens, and anywhere else that a small plant is needed. The Plant Select Demonstration Garden at Idaho Botanical Garden features several Plant Select Petites, one of which is Goldhill golden-aster.

This selection is a natural hybrid of two Heterotheca species: H. jonesii and H. villosa. It grows to just a few inches tall and reaches about 10 inches wide. It covers itself in bright yellow flowers throughout the summer, creating an eye-catching experience that is hard to ignore. It tolerates dry conditions and requires very little maintenance.

Come see this plant and other Plant Select Petites on your next visit to the garden.

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Written by IBG Horticulturist, Daniel Murphy