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Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 13:01

Firecracker, I dig up a few roots to pot up.  Come spring I have extra plants for flowering in summer 

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 12:32

No Punkdoc.  bit disappointed with that one.  However, might try it elsewhere because at its best was nice.  

Gertie, I know what you mean re hydrangeas but these can be SUPERB if given conditions they like.  I have one in too dry a spot that was more woody than foliage and flower but last year I gave it an ultimatum...grow or go.  I mulched and watered it well this year and it has been great.  (Shhh! Don't spill the beans but it will still be discarded and I will plant another in good soil.  A white or one of the new red varieties )

Never Never Not Ever

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 12:08

Roses, bamboo, photinia, eleagnus, pampas grass, euphorbia griffithi, lysimachia, non shrubby artemisias, annuals planted in the garden (pots ok.) 

Dove, I have an aucuba that perfectly fits a dark,,difficult out of the way spot.  Not to be shown off tho 


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:23

for me the roots were thick and "pushing".  From a 3 litre plant the roots prob grew to exceed rootball by 40 cm at a guess in one season ....deep and wide.

the soil there is good and rich.  In other parts of my garden....esp the front garden the soil is different,,viz., sandy but I decided sgainst planting it there.

others may have different experiences with this plant.  

I have an aversion to planting anything that could invade.  I grow rudbeckias that spread but these roots are surface and easy to control.  Just worry about roots I cant see that wander.

Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:13

morning young codger 

agree rudbeckias flower for months....goldsturn,,for example, has flowered since July here. i cut them back a,week or so ago but I already have a few re flowering.  

Rudbeckias range from annuals to hardy perennials so you need to know what you have. I have a feeling yours are annuals.  Hiwever, dig a few up and pot them to leave in your mini gh.  


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 08:03

Morning Jo....spreading to the point that roots were well out of their planting zone.  I felt a second season would be too much

I always check new plants after their first season and with eupatorium the roots were too aggressive to risk leaving it there.  


Posted: 01/12/2015 at 07:55

Morning folks 

mild, dry and very pleasant out there

It's my birthday

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 07:54



Posted: 30/11/2015 at 23:26

cordylines grow everywhere down here....and I mean everywhere and thrive.  

I grow a couple of varieties including Albertii.  This grows in the poorest, driest soil.  It is over 20 years old and been cut down several times.  heavy soil would be fatal over winter Helena so dig it up.  

I think you should forget about growing it in your garden.....incorporating compost would not help.  It is an ideal pot plant....if you repot in spring into a larger container it will be larger.  I suggest a basic john innes with plenty of grit or perlite. 

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