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.
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.
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.