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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● RUD­BECKIA THESE bright and cheery yel­low daisyflow­ered show­stop­pers with cho­co­late cen­tres come into their own in late sum­mer through to Oc­to­ber, com­ple­ment­ing fiery dis­plays matched by red hot pok­ers or cro­cos­mias, or in con­tain­ers with pur­ple cordyline.

Many grow to around 60cm (2ft) but there are taller va­ri­eties such as R. ‘Herb­st­sonne’ (Au­tumn Sun), grow­ing to 180cm (72in), which looks great at the back of a bor­der in front of late-flow­er­ing clema­tis. They will grow al­most any­where in full sun and rea­son­ably fer­tile, moist soil. Good va­ri­eties in­clude R. fulgida sul­li­vanti ‘Gold­sturm’, which pro­duces a pro­fu­sion of flow­ers, and the dou­ble-flow­ered ‘Goldquelle’, which grows to around 70cm and looks a bit like a zin­nia.

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