Thursday, August 4, 2011

Favorite August Flowers: Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia, also known as 'Gloriosa Daisy' or 'Black-Eyed Susan', is just 'glorious' in my garden right now.  Thanks to its generous habit of self-sowing, there are bright yellow/orange patches of color throughout the flower beds.  They also provide bright spots of color in the house as they make great cut flowers with their long stems and 6" wide flowers.  They will continue blooming into the fall, providing much needed color when the rest of the flowers poop out!

Origin:  Originally American natives!  Many hybrids available.
Plant:  Now from 4" or 1 gallon pots for color into the fall.  Plant from seed early next spring for bloom that summer.  Rudbeckia is a short lived perennial, usually 2 years in my garden.  Plenty of volunteers from self sown seed every year, but not invasive.
Grow:  In average garden soil, average irrigation, full or part sun.  Deadhead to encourage more bloom.  Not bothered by pests other than snails.  Very easy to grow!

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