I had heard of these flowers for a long time, but this story is how I found that it was a must-grow-in-my-own-garden plant.
I am also an artist (clay is my medium), and was part of a group of artists all with the name Susan. At the opening of our first group show, one of the Susan’s brought a bouquet of Rudbekia for display. That was the moment I decided that I had-to-grow-them-in-my-own-garden.
These plants multiply so freely, I can’t believe I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to part with some, so I purchased my first plant. Now I dig up wayward starts and beg friends to take some. They are very sturdy growers, and so are the starts I keep in small pots. But do watch out for the deer, as they find these flowers tasty.
The coreopsis that are blooming now, are the same colors as these black-eye Susans, but are smaller flowers. I think they look nice next to each other. In the lower right of the photo are some flower buds before they open. The black “eye” is peeking through baby-size yellow-orange petals.