THE UR­BAN GAR­DENER

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -

You can still en­joy gar­den­ing even if you’ve only got a win­dow box. Here, Con­stance Craig Smith shows you how to grow rud­beck­ias

WHY GROW THEM?

Rud­beck­ias, which look like small sun­flow­ers with a pro­nounced, cone-like cen­tre, light up the gar­den from July to Oc­to­ber and at­tract pol­li­nat­ing in­sects. Some va­ri­eties can be­come in­va­sive, so grow­ing them in a pot will help keep them in check.

WHEN TO PLANT

You can buy them now in gar­den cen­tres or by mail or­der; seeds can also be sown now for flow­er­ing next year.

VA­RI­ETIES

Rud­beck­ias can be both an­nual and peren­nial. Peren­ni­als in­clude yel­low

R. fulgida var. sul­li­van­tii ‘Lit­tle Gold Star’ and the un­usual R. oc­ci­den­talis ‘Green Wiz­ard’.

WHERE TO PLANT

They need full sun so place your con­tainer in a warm, sunny spot.

HOW TO PLANT

Rud­beck­ias dis­like damp soil, so use good freedrain­ing soil. As they’re vig­or­ous grow­ers, only plant one per pot. Once es­tab­lished, peren­nial rud­beck­ias are pretty trou­ble-free but ben­e­fit from a mulch of well­rot­ted ma­nure in spring.

Rud­beckia

‘Lit­tle Gold Star’

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