Another great plant that everyone should include in their gardens – even if you don’t like yellow or gold flowers! This is a plant that has it all – including a long name: in this case Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’. It is a plant of autumn, in looks and in its flower season. All spring and summer it is just a neat mound of dark green leaves but then it erupts in a cloud of showy flowers. The first blooms, at the tips of the main stems, are the largest but the sidestems open increasingly smaller blooms. The plant is about 80cm high, self-supporting, neat, colourful, free of diseases and pests (it can get a spot of mildew) and will grow and bloom happily for many years before it needs to be divided and replanted. It grows best in full sun and well drained soil. It will survive drought when established but obviously grows better if it is not stressed out.
This plant is two years old, showing what a great plant it is. It has had no attention this year at all – no watering, spraying or feeding.
‘Goldsturm’ was selected from a group of seedlings of the parent species in 1937 by Heinrich Hademann at Gebrueder Schuetz Nursery in the Czech Republic and taken to Karl Foerster in Germany for propagation and distribution which did happen after WW ll. ‘Goldsturm’ was introduced in 1949 and has been delighting gardeners ever since.
Common? Yes. Bold? Yes. Good for butterflies? Yes. Hardy? Yes. Reliable? Yes. Good for cutting? Yes. Should you get one? Yes!
Geoff’s rating 10/10
Garden rating 10/10