Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) is a perennial that I consider to be the workhorse of the garden.  During these dog days of summer, it brightens up any spot in the garden.  Goldstrum is the variety I have as it spreads, but doesn’t overtake its’ neighbors.

Brown-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) is a cousin, but grows much taller.  This variety will pop up here & there in the garden, but is very easy to spot with the leaves having 3 lobes.  Transplant it in the spring to the back areas where some height is needed.  However, I didn’t get this done & they look just fine in the front row this time of year!

Both varieties are one of the best cutting flowers.  In the vase pictured, I used both varieties to fill out the bouquet.  Try to change the water daily &  the blossoms will last well over a week.

Look for more details about these summer winners on pages 32 & 40 in my book!

Happy Gardening,

Althea

 

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