Going by the common name of 'Goldenrod' this genus of perennial plants give an excellent burst of colour towards the end of summer and through autumn. A perennial plant that very much seems to have dropped out of favour with the gardening public but one that really deserves a second chance.
The stiff panicles of yellow flowers are produced during September and October and are held on stiff, upright stems. However, this plant doesn't stop there, provided that it's not cut back after flowering, as the flowers are then followed by fluffy seed heads that contrast beautifully with the now blackened stems and will last well into February.
They need a sunny situation and look even more beautiful when the winter sun is filtering through them. An easy plant that will grow in most garden soils and reach around 1.5m (5ft) in height.