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Rudbeckia Plants

Rudbeckia plants are golden stars in the darkened sky of a late summer and autumn herbaceous border. Grown as perennials or annuals, their bright daisy coneflowers demand attention from humans and pollinating insects alike, while their seed heads offer beauty well into the winter.

Rudbeckia plants are golden stars in the darkened sky of a late summer and autumn herbaceous border. Grown as perennials or annuals, their bright daisy coneflowers demand attention from humans and pollinating insects alike, while their seed heads offer beauty well into the winter.

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Here is a much-admired member of the daisy family which displays golden blooms to rival any other late border beauty.

Take a trip back to the 17th and 18th century and we meet Olof Rudbeck the younger - the inspiration behind the naming of these plants. Olof and his father were botanists, with Olof junior teaching Carolus Linnaeus who invented our system of plant naming. Linnaeus was obviously a grateful student as he named 'Rudbeckia' after his teacher!

Rudbeckia are used regularly in herbaceous borders and fit perfectly within a Prairie style planting scheme amongst grasses.

The most celebrated variety is 'Goldsturm' - with bright yellow petals, a perennial of substantial height with multiple black eyed blossoms. (A common name for these plants is Black Eyed Susan). Seen in many an award-winning garden, this should be top of your Rudbeckia list.

Rudbeckia 'Toto' is half the size of 'Goldsturm'. At around 30cm, this Rudbeckias height is perfect for the front of a border or a pot. Smothered in yellow daisies, this is colourful but compact. Treated as an annual, it will flower from July until October.

Away from yellow, why not try 'Cherry Brandy' - the most glorious rich crimson wine colour and well worth a snifter! Think of this as the sunset to its yellow sunshine coloured friends! Grown in a border as an annual alongside its relative 'Goldsturm' and other late summer herbaceous plants such as dahlias, this really is eye-catching.

Where to grow Rudbeckia Plants?

  • Ideally Rudbeckia plants want full sun however they will tolerate some light shade
  • Well-drained soil
  • Dependant on the variety Rudbeckia plants can be grown in borders, pots and patio containers

How to grow Rudbeckia plants?

  • Spacing depends on the variety so check the instructions
  • Rudbeckia plants require little or no extra feeding providing that they are growing in fertile soil
  • Regular deadheading will ensure that the Rudbeckia plants continue to flower up to the first frosts

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