Position – Full Sun or part shade
Soil – Moist, Well-drained
Flowering Period –Summer, autumn
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Rudbeckia are annuals, biennials or rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plants with numerous clusters of daisy-like, quilled petals of vibrant colour that surround a central conical disk, displayed upon clumps of attractive star-like foliage. Rudbeckia make attractive and effective cut flowers and are equally as impressive amongst flower beds and borders within a cottage and informal garden setting. You should expect to see Rudbeckia grow to an approximate height of 60cm (24”) and a spread of 30cm (12”).
Rudbeckia are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of sand, loam or clay within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. Amend the planting area with a layer of compost and loosen the soil, digging to a depth of around 30cm (12”). Place your Rudbeckia in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the surface of the soil. Space companion plants 40cm (16”) apart to allow sufficient room for Rudbeckia to grow effectively to a mature spread. Water your plants thoroughly and deeply to settle the soil in place.
During the spring, it is recommended to apply a thin layer of compost alongside a layer of mulch as this will retain moisture levels and suppress weeds. Water your plants on a regular basis, especially during the summer and throughout periods of drought. After the first frosts, you should cut stems back so that they are just above the soil line, preferably by an inch or two.
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