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Rudbeckia 'Rustic Dwarf' - not just annual

05 Sep 2011
Windy 14°C / 57°F

This year I was amazed, after a long cold hard winter, to see signs of life in these so called half hardy annuals from 2010 that had not flowered much the previous year (I always leave annuals in the ground in case we have a mild winter.).

The grew big over this 2nd Summer and started to put on a show of fabulous rich flowers in all different gold and rusty colours at about 2ft high in August. Since the slugs have barely looked at these I think I’ll make them a regular feature instead of Heleniums which I love, but which were entirely eaten by the slimey ones in this wet year.

I’m hoping to save some seed but I don’t have much luck with plants in that area as they are under a tree and get soggy, and the sun has dipped by the time they are ready to make seeds. But I don’t mind at all buying a packet when they bring this much cheer to the August and September garden. I’ll leave them in place and see if they will come back a 3rd year.

It will be interesting to see if they will do as well in other parts of our gardens. The spot they were in is between tree roots with poor well drained soil. It normally is quite dry but this year rain has kept it pretty moist.

- side note, big gales here today, but not too much of the predicted rain, though I can see it up there looking ready to fling itself at my rudbeckias. they may bend a little, but they are fairly sturdy and tend to hold each other up in a wind.




I love the colours of those rudbeckia. Very pretty!

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

It’s like having pumpkins and roasted vegetables in flower form. Even the areas where I had only planted a single flower (to see if they would be happy) have been lifted by the colour. We are riduculously pleased each time we pass one, though the big clump is definitely the star of the show with so many colours all together in one spot. I’ve peeked out and they are holding up well in the blustery winds.

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

What a great analogy!

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

My rudbeckias are vigorously perennial, here in zone 8 Seattle which may have similar winters to yours, so i dont think it is a fluke that they returned. They like the wet and part shady places best.

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

That’s what I was hoping to hear :0)
I have several perennial rudbeckia but this one was listed as half hardy annual so it’s been a real delight to have it return, long may it continue.

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

To echo orientallily – the colours are just lovely – a warm glow now its turned autumnal.

Posted on 06 Sep 11 (over 4 years ago)

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