I want to show off my latest acquisitions from Forest Farm. They are mostly Goldenrods, which I became interested in from photographic enticements from Wildflower Wednesday posts hosted on Gail's Clay and Limestone blog, visit her for Wildflower Wednesday links to other gardens around the world. So, here are 5 cultivated forms that should perform well without being too aggressive. From the top clockwise are Solidago Golden Fleece, S. Laurin, S. Little Lemon (little leafy top cut out of photo), S. Solar Cascade, oddball Persicaria affinis Dimity, and S. Fireworks. Most are short, 1' to 2-3'. I favored ones that don't need moist soil.
Forest Farm uses lots of newspaper cleverly arranged and taped to keep the pots and soil from moving around, in the bottom of a tall box standing way above the little plants. It will be interesting to see how they do, now I have to decide on where to site the different plants without really knowing where each will do best, though research helps a little.
The plants will hang out for a while on my east-facing concrete front porch, which acts like a heat sink to keep plants there warmer than the ambient air temperatures. Some other plants I have been overwintering there are some mini roses that do better in pots since rabbits like to eat them in the wintertime.
Things are moving on toward spring here too, Gail, can't wait!