Rudbeckia laciniata 'Goldquelle'
Waist-high or less double yellow daisy softened by green centres - a great cut flower and stunningly fresh in muggy August
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, preferably heavy but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to October
- Flower colour: lemon-yellow
- Other features: finely-divided, toothed, mid-green leaves; excellent, long-lasting cut-flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Large, fully double, lemon-yellow flowers from July to October with contrasting green centres that turn yellow as they age. This tall but compact form of coneflower is a perfect back-of-border plant. Excellent for cutting, for the best results chose a sunny site that doesn't dry out over summer.
- Garden care: Lift and divide congested colonies in autumn or spring. Support with ring stakes or brushwood well before the flowers appear.
All garden pests have natural enemies. The trick is to encourage these beneficial insects and other creatures to take up residence in your garden so that they can do the pest management for you. The most effective way to do this is to provide the conditioRead full article
Wildlife-friendly gardens are not only more interesting as you can watch all the comings and goings, but they are often more productive as many creatures will help increase pollination. Garden ponds act as a magnet to dragonflies and damsel flies, along wRead full article
The traditional cottage garden was an intensive, yet carefree mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers all crowded into a tiny space. Today, this informal charm can be recreated using modern varieties that largely take care of themselves around anRead full article
Indulge a passion for ornamental grasses by creating a prairie- or meadow-style garden. They can be richly planted with native wildflowers or a selection of complementary perennials and self-seeding annuals to create a naturalistic planting effect. PrairiRead full article
In the third week of this month you can 'Chelsea chop' your summer-flowering perennials to delay their flowering times. Sedums can be cut back by two thirds to provide lusher foliage, but at the expense of flower.Read full article
September is a jewel-box month when the garden begins to sparkle due to perfectly balanced days and nights. This sharp, crystal-clear light enhances rich pinks, subtle blues, golden yellows and mahogany reds and the colours seem to intensify as SeptemberRead full article