Thursday, July 22, 2010

Black-Eyed Beauty

Black-eyed Susans (rudbeckias) are one of the easiest and most prolific perennials that you can plant.  They will thrive on neglect, poor soil, and drought conditions.  They also do well in our humidity.  Their commonality made me overlook them for some time, but I'm trying to make up for lost time this year. 

This variety is the ubiquitous "Goldsturm."  There is a reason for the popularity of this variety - it thrives everywhere.  The flowers are so happy and cheerful - especially on a wet, summer afternoon. 

This picture shows more of the plant, though a morning glory is trying to choke it out.  I've only got two small plants this year, but I fully expect this to spread and prolifically fill its area.  By the way, I think it looks great growing near the deep purple Grandpa Ott morning glories.


Mary said...

Black eyed susans are great plants! I love mine. They reseed so well.

meemsnyc said...

These are one of my favorites!

Darla said...

I didn't realize there were so many types of rudbeckia..I have two of them.