Black Eyed Susan –
Plants have a long season of bloom and a sturdy, upright habit. The gold daisy-like flowers have a distinct dark brown central cone and are held on branching stems. Do not deadhead these cones if you want winter interest since the black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds.
Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item.
Black Eyed Susan
Brown, Gold, Orange
Select a site with full sun to light shade and well-drained soil.
Plant in spring, spacing plants 2 to 3 feet apart, depending on the variety. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.
Fountaingrass – With slender arching grassy leaves and bottlebrush panicles of flower spikelets, fountaingrass brings a rustic grace to massed plantings of ‘Goldsturm’ black-eyed Susan. They enjoy similar conditions.
Russian sage – In sunny gardens, the wandlike flower stems of lavender Russian sage play well against black-eyed Susans.
Aster – In sunny places, Frikart’s aster has 2- to 3-inch lavender-blue daisy flowers that combine well with black-eyed Susans.
Coneflower – Blooming at the same time, purple coneflowers echo the size and shape of black-eyed Susans, but in a contrasting purplish pink, which looks attractive against yellow or gold.