Rudbeckia hirta 'Autumn Shades'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Other features: mid-green leaves
- Hardiness: half hardy
Rich, rustic shades of red, orange and yellow, make these daisy-like flowers, which can grow up to 15cm across, particularly eye-catching. They are very free-flowering, and are perfect for filling gaps in a sunny, well-drained border or containers.
- Garden care:Using seed trays and good seed compost, sow from late winter to mid spring, just covering the seed. Keep moist but not wet and maintain temperatures at 18-20°C. Transplant when large enough to handle into individual pots and grow on in cool conditions before hardening off and planting outside. Dead-heading will prolong the flowering season, but let some of the last flowers develop seed heads as this will attract birds into the garden in winter.
- Sow: February-April
- Flowering: July-October
- Approximate quantity: 100 seeds.
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