Garden Design


Plant of the Month

September 3, 2018 by James Cooper

In a similar way to last month’s plant of the month, the Echinaceae, we are loving the American prairie style of plants and recommending you try the Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’.  Both of these plants, when planted in groups perhaps with the addition of some Calamagrostis grasses will give your borders that autumn prairie feel.

Autumn Plant - Rudbeckia

Plant of the Month September – Rudbeckia

The Rudbeckia bears wide, black eyed, single yellow daisy flowers with cone shaped black centres from August to October.  It is ideal for creating late summer colour in ornamental borders.  Short enough not to need staking and doesn’t spread so fast that frequent division is necessary, making it an easy-care plant.

We have found that it tolerates some light shade but does need soil which doesn’t dry out.  Team it with shorter grasses such as Pennisetum or Calamagrostis  – best to be bold with groups rather than planted individually.

Enjoy your American vista…