Commonly known as black-eyed susan’s, with their signature black centres and bright leafy yellows the Rudbeckia are a hardy easy to grow plant. Native to North America, they have the ability to keep flowering before the frost hits, bringing a splash of sunshine to your garden for many months.
Where to plant
Rudbeckia’s thrive best when planted in a moist, well-drained soil in springtime. These plants also tend to do well in loam or clay soils. Growing in clumps, these are great for filling in any gaps in your garden and do particularly well in garden borders. They are best planted in full sun or partial shade.
As a herbaceous perennial they form their petals in a short amount of time. To get the plant producing an abundance of flowers, try tip-pruning. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the shoots of the plant to encourage the Rudbeckia to keep producing flowers further into the season.
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