Rudbeckia

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Rudbeckia:

 

If the sight of a clump of these does not bring a smile to your face, we give up!

 

These are some of the most happy flowers you can grow, and they are a wonderful food source for beneficial insects as well.

You need to grow these with other plants as they are late starters, so there isn’t much to see in spring, but once they get going you have the most fabulous  golden flowers in the garden in late summer.

 

They are also pretty easy to look after, plant them, let them flower and once the seed heads look manky, cut them down and then the plants will do it all over again for you next year. Some varieties do get tall and can be floppy, but the one we use should stand up all on it’s own.

 

We’ve used Rudbeckia in:

 

prairies

Rudbeckia

Why do I like these so much, well I suppose I am a sucker for flowers that create a mood – and when these ones flower, my mood is happy.

 

I know the plant disappears in the winter, and is a little slow to re-emerge, but that’s because it flowers in late summer, and the one I have ‘Goldstrum’ has golden yellow petals, which kind of catch the fact that the late summer sun is a bit less acid yellow and has taken on a more mellow ‘manyana’ attitude.

 

These plants don’t rush to set flower, so we benefit as they begin to shine just as everything else is beginning to look a little weary.  Oh and the seedheads are attractive too, a bit like small black beehives!

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