Rudbeckias in Bloom in Shenandoah

If there’s one flower I will never be without, it’s the black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia species). Many of its varieties are in bloom now and keeping our pollinators happy.

Rudbeckias come in many shapes and lifespans and go by many common names. Most are drought-tolerant perennials here, and all seem to self-seed readily, so it’s a little hard to tell the perennials from the annuals. They are easy to pull if they grow where you don’t want them growing, and are very easy to start from seed. If you leave the seedheads up over winter, the finches will thank you, and your patch will expand year by year.



Here, clockwise from top, Orange Coneflower (Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’), Giant Coneflower (Rudbeckia maxima), Brown-Eyed Susan (Redbeckia triloba), and Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), all growing in my gardens.

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

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