On gardening: Golden Lace entices beneficial suitors
If 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.
Once 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.
But don’t 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.
The 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.
Ours 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.
Blue 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.
Golden 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 misummer lasting for weeks and then continues to dazzle in landscape as the remaining floral parts retain that bright cheerful gold-
Golden Lace looks at home in a typical garden with SunPatiens and Mariposa coleus nearby.