‘Prairie Glow’

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Why

Spec­tac­u­lar masses of burnt or­ange petals with yel­low tips bow out­wards from deep black cone-shaped cen­tres. As flow­ers ma­ture, the red bleeds into the yel­low tips, mean­ing no two petals are the same. Light, lobed leaves emerge from the base of nar­row up­right stems all the way up the stem. This hardy peren­nial is a favourite of bees, but­ter­flies and birds.

Where

Per­fect for moist but welldrained bor­ders with full or part sun. Flow­ers be­gin in July and con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber, light­ing up those long sum­mer even­ings. Rud­beck­ias also make ex­cel­lent cut flow­ers.

How

Leaves can be­come blem­ished later in the sea­son and should be re­moved. The tall frame can also flop in high winds, so hard prune in June to re­duce the height.

Works well with…

Plant with ‘Mid­night Rose’ for a tex­tured look or

‘Amis­tad’ for a per­fect colour con­trast. Height 4ft 9in (1.5m), spread 2ft 9in (90cm).

How to buy

Buy three for £9.99 or six for only £12.98 and save £7. P&P £4.95. Sup­plied as chunky plugs in 14 days. Or­der at gar­den­shop. tele­graph.co.uk or call 0333 772 0325. Con­tract for sup­ply of goods is with Hayloft Plants Ltd. Of­fers sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Of­fer clos­ing date Septem­ber 20, 2016.

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