Southern Gardening: Black-eyed Susans offer summer-long blooming
Some of the most familiar faces seen in Mississippi during the summer are found in our gardens.
Most gardeners across the state recognize the yellow petals and dark centers of Black-eyed Susans. If you have admired them from afar in the past, now is the time to bring some home. There are many selections that look great in the landscape.
Some selections are true annuals, while others are true perennials and everything in between. Pick any kind because all will put on a hot summer show in our hot summer landscapes. If you have a butterfly garden, black-eyed Susans are a must-have plant.
With the color combinations currently available, these are not your grandma’s black-eyed Susans.
A popular variety I have grown over the years is Rudbeckia fulgida Goldstrum. This plant is an old, reliable standby that was named the perennial plant of the year in 1999 by the Perennial Plant Association.