Plant of the Day
Saturday 20 September 2014
A river of Rudbeckia fulgida (coneflower) in the prairie planting created in the garden of landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith. At this time of year these unite the design of taller growing plants such the Aster species. Rudbeckia is a clump forming herbaceous perennial with large daisy-like flower-heads with yellow rays surrounding a prominent dark conical disk. Considered easy to grow in moderately fertile soils that are moist but must be well-drained; suitable for improved clay soils with additional fine grit. A reliable cultivar is Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’.