This stunning Rudbeckia brings a fresh zing of colour to beds and borders during late summer and autumn.
Rudbeckia fulgida var deamii, also known as Coneflower, injects vibrant, cheery colour into the garden from late-summer onwards, extending the colour season right into late autumn. The gorgeous golden-yellow daisy-like flowers have an eye-catching jet-black centre and are produced on multiple stems throughout summer and autumn. It's a popular and reliable variety for any style of garden, but is particularly well suited to a colourful cottage-style. Rudbeckia is prized by gardeners for its late season ornamental appeal, and the bees and butterflies love it too. Growing to a height of around 1m, it adds height and movement to the garden and is perfect for positioning behind lower-growing plants for a really full effect. It also teams up well with ornamental grasses, where it will help create a trendy prairie-style look. Not only does it look brilliant in the border, but it's a spectacular cut flower too and boasts an impressive vase life.
Enjoy a repeat show of spectacular autumn colour in your borders every year with this easy-to-grow, fully hardy perennial.
Plant Type: Herbaceous
Hardiness: H6 Hardy. Minimum temperature -20 to -15
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 1m x W 50cm (Mature age: 5 years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Yellow
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Chalky, Clay, Loam, Acid, Alkaline
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Wildlife Garden.
Season of Interest: Summer, Autumn
Flowering (from - to): June-November
Rudbeckia is easy to grow and very resilient, thriving in virtually any sunny or partially shaded spot, including exposed, coastal or dry gardens as well as smaller, more enclosed spaces.
This variety grows well in most soils and is best suited to growing in beds and borders, although it can also be planted in large containers for displaying on the patio. Plant it behind lower-growing varieties for a really full display. If planting in containers, use a good soil-based compost.
Water well when first planted and continue to water regularly through the first growing season. Once established, this plant will only require occasional watering during particularly hot, dry spells. If planting in a container, water whenever the soil looks completely dry.
Rudbeckia can grow very well without feeding although you can apply an all-purpose liquid feed occasionally during the growing season to encourage healthy growth and aid establishment. If planted in a container, it's a good idea to feed occasionally through the growing season even when established.
During the flowering season, deadhead regularly to encourage more flowers. In early winter, or after flowering, cut back the stems to ground level.