Monday, August 3, 2009

Common but Special ~ Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'



Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'


It looks beautiful with pinks and purples (even when faded)


and it's beautiful all by itself.


This is a planting next to the driveway at the old house site. It's been there over a dozen years. Unlike R. hirta, R. fulgida really likes moisture. It tolerates/ survives drought but not happily, responding by drooping dramatically. These Rudbeckia have been under 2 feet of water for 2 days or more on more than one occasion, and didn't mind a bit.


I think it's especially beautiful in dappled shade; the color really glows.


Rudbeckia fulgida was one of the few plants that survived in the clay subsoil that remained after the site was cleared for the house and has put on a good display year after year. It's easy to see why it's so popular.


21 comments:

  1. Hi. I was just flipping through some blogs and stumbled upon yours.

    I've gotta say that you take some amazing shots and those are really beautiful. :)

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  2. The Goldsturm is really pretty this year! I have a photo loaded of mine for my next blog entry.

    I think your grab bag daylily is 'Autumn Red'. I have one plant that I got for postage from Shive- still in the pot but it bloomed a couple of days ago. Check it out on Tinkers and see what you think.

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  3. Sweet Bay,

    Lovely photos for starting a wonderful morning. I too like Black-eyed Susans very hardy plants too.

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  4. Our Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' is just beginning to bloom and although lovely not quite up to par with other years. The lack of rain surely is the problem. Some of the plants are tall like normal and some have stayed shorter. Oh, well....there's always next year. I'm thankful that I can still leave comments on your blog because I enjoy visiting here.

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  5. My Rudbeckia just started blooming last week - much later than usual. It's so lovely to finally see it. Yours looks great! I love the color of the Daylily - who would have thought that came from a Lowes grab bag. -Jackie

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  6. I always love visiting your gardens Sweet bay! There is such a naturalist feeling about it, which I too inspire to grow towards. Black-eyed Susan (never really like the image that brings to mine) but tend to love common names of plants... Rudbeckia is one of my favorite flowers... lovely and to think what it grows through for you! Beautiful photos! Especially like the one in the dappled shade... it does really seem to glow.

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  7. I agree, Goldstrum is one of the backbones of my garden. This time of year almost every house has a patch our front. Absolutely dependable. They are like sunflowers, you just can't help but love 'em. Mine does very well in times of drought.
    Marnie

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  8. For a minute there I thought it was 'Tang', but 'Tang' doesn't have the strip... It's certainly a beauty!--Randy

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  9. The Goldsturm is most pretty this year. You are so right it does not like drought. It is not so hardy as coneflowers in that way. I'm glad we've had plentiful rain for it. That red daylily looks fabulous with it.

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  10. I love rudbeckia! I have hirta and they love the clay soil, too. They also handle shade just fine (smaller bunches but they still bloom and are not spindly or bare). A great colorful filler.

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  11. beautiful sweetbay! Bright and cheery.

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  12. I love big groupings of Rudbeckia like you have. I've got a few clumps around but none as large as yours. I do like it with the Verbena.

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  13. Rudbeckia and daylilies make such nice summerflora. Not demanding always giving!
    The daylily on my header is "SILOAM BO PEEP". I have had this plant for a many years. It is an excellent performer and is still available.

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  14. So lovely!
    I keep thinking I need to get some Rudbeckia growing and just have yet to do so!
    I do love the dayliles. Theya re dependable plants.
    Looking forward to catching up with you.
    I see there are butterflies to gaze at.....
    Sherry

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  15. Love love the Rudbeckia so full of sunshine JOY!! I grow them too and love the pop of bright color! Wonderful that they last so long into the autumn!

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  16. Rudbeckia always make me smile...just beautiful! Kim

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  17. Thank you for your comments everyone!

    Shari, I looked up Autumn Red and I don't think mine is AR. They look much alike, but according to Dave's Garden (I couldn't find AR on Tinker's database), AR has large flowers, is a mid-season bloomer, and repeats. Mine has relatively small flowers, is very late, and I don't think it repeats.

    Titania, thanks for you reply! I will have to order that one. It's beautiful.

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  18. Beautiful flowers and photographs of them. I love the easy to grow ones - and best of all are those that come back with no effort!

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  19. It's a beautiful yellow.

    The garden centre near here had a load for sale at a knockdown price.

    Sold the whole lot in a day, I missed the boat.

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  20. It's one of my favorite plants, too Sweetbay! I love that it survives and thrives so effortlessly! The daylilies have my favorite spider shape! gail

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  21. Yes, that's one of my favorite things about Rudbeckia, it's easy to grow! Makes it especially delightful.

    Gail, yes, the red daylily does have a spider shape doesn't it? It's funny, I used to hate spider daylilies, from the photos... I thought they looked so droopy and forlorn. I don't know if cultivars improved or those were just bad pictures, lol. Now I love the spiders.

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