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Rudbeckia fulgida early bird gold — 23 Comments

  1. Hello Alistair – wow – what a discovery! I’m glad I came across this because I’ll certainly make a note of this variety when I come to thinking about our large herbaceous border. With two months more flower power and no obvious defects or disadvantages, what’s not to like?!

  2. That is really worth noting. I have the usual Goldsturm at the back of my border, but would be wonderful to have a variety that flowered two months longer. I will look out for some.
    I have a lovely dwarf Rudbeckia flowering its heart out at the front of my border. It is larger than it was last year, but again it doesn’t need staking. It is called Little Goldstar. It can’t claim any longer flowering period though.

  3. I have never grown any rudbeckias as in my old, shady garden these would not have thrived – your post has made me look at these again. In my new, much sunnier garden I have to look at plants I have never grown before. Surely to get the best of both worlds you would plant both of them together, and you will get 6 months of flowering 🙂

    • Helene, Rudbeckia like Echinacea do prefer a sunny position,although the Rudbeckia seems to do not bad in semi shade. No real need to plant Early bird and Goldsturm together as, although Early bird starts two months before Goldsturm it still carries on blooming until November.

    • I think we are on to a winner here Janet. I have already potted up a couple of small rooted sections from the plant, something I intend doing more often than I have in the past.

  4. how interesting, that they look the same but are different varieties and have different growing patterns. I often find plants are unpredictable, after all they don’t read their labels!

  5. I always think of Rudbeckias for autumn colour Alistair, so there is no doubt in my mind an early flowering perennial variety is a welcome addition. My Rudbeckia hirta doesn’t flower until late August/ early September and the very last flowers are just clinging on which I presume is due to the mild weather.

  6. Hello Alistair, i am regularly a commenter while you were in Aberdeen, but seem to be forgetting regularity now. A friend from the US once sent me rudbeckia seeds, but they didnt make it here in our dry tropics. One which seems acclimatizing with us is gaillardia. About your not being able to go to NZ, i have lots of dream places which i also now resigned dreaming of, like UK, Scotland, Greece. hahaha

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