Plant Now: Late summer flowers


Dahlias, zinnias and rudbeckias flower throughout summer and autumn, right up to the first frosts. Plant seedlings or plants from your local garden centre for a non-stop floral display.

Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum – pictured on the left) are great for the summer and autumn garden too – and, like dahlias, zinnias and rudbeckias – make great cut flowers. All enjoy full sun and free-draining soil.

Name that rudbeckia

Rudbeckia Toto Rustic

A reader recently asked about a lovely looking rudbeckia she came across. “I have a neighbour who has a most striking rudbeckia – which seems to fit the Readers Digest description of Rudbeckia bicolor – flower petals tipped yellow, shading to dark crimson with a brown centre. It also has lovely gold-tipped stamens surrounding the central cone.” Where can she find one of these plants? [Read more…]

Racy rudbeckias

Rudbeckia 'Orange Fudge'Rudbeckia hirta ‘Orange Fudge’ is a new offering from Kings Seeds with fudge-brown cones and orange and yellow bi-coloured petals. It flowers from spring till autumn, tolerates heat, drought and poor soils, grows to a height of 50cm and has sturdy stems that are great for picking.

Rudbeckias are dead easy to grow and you can sow seeds now for a mid to late-summer display. Sow in trays or pots for transplanting later.

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