Rudbeckia Henry Eilers Ground Cover
Rudbeckia Henry Eilers (Black-eyed Susan) Rudbeckia subtomentosa Henry Eilers
Rudbeckia Henry Eilers ground cover is a striking clump-forming perennial. The dark grey-green, oval-shaped, toothed leaves have a gentle, sweet aroma and are softly hairy. The unique flowers are borne on upright, branched stems in late Summer to early Autumn and have narrow, quill-like, yellow ray petals surrounding a central brown cone. Both delicate and eye-catching, it’s no surprise that with their lovely open, sunny faces, they are also attractive to bees and butterflies alike!
Perfect for bringing later colour to your garden, these robust plants will dazzle at the front of borders planted in bold drifts, in wildflower or more ornamental planting schemes, and they also make a superb long-lasting cut flower. Rudbeckia Henry Eilers (Black-eyed Susan) ground cover are one of the taller varieties and may require staking for additional support (ideally place ring stakes before the flowers start to grow) and look wonderful paired with grasses, Helenium, Echinacea and other wildflower cottage garden varieties.
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For best results with Rudbeckia Henry Eilers, plant them in full sun – they will tolerate partial shade but may produce less flowers), in fertile, moist, almost heavy, but well drained soil enriched with lots of organic matter, which holds plenty of moisture in Spring and Summer. Avoid letting them dry out. Simply dead head them to prolong the flowering period.
As a rough guide when planting Rudbeckia Henry Eilers as ground cover – 4 plants per square metre is adequate with a little patience, 6 will give better coverage, and 9-12 will make a weed supressing carpet very quickly.
How to grow Rudbeckia Henry Eilers
Position: Full sun
Foliage: Annual, Perennial
Soil and site: Best in moist, fertile, well-drained soil
Flowering time: Late Summer to Autumn
Growth rate: Moderate
Ultimate height and spread: Height to 120cm, spread to approximately 60cm
Hardiness: Hardy once established
Aftercare: Apply a generous mulch in spring or after planting out annuals and feed regularly through the growing season. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. Divide overcrowded plants every few years.