At their peak bloom, black-eyed Susans steal the garden show. These natives lend themselves well to mass plantings, creating a pool of gold with their multitude of flowers. Black-eyed Susans have long been a staple in perennial gardens, and for good reason. They need little care to make such a breathtaking display.
Because black-eyed Susan blooms when other summer perennials begin to fade, this plant is a sign that fall is around the corner. The blooms last for weeks and form large masses of color. The most common black-eyed Susan flowers have a single row of gold petals surrounding a black or brown center. Thanks to new innovations to this plant, you can now find blooms that have multiple rows of petals. Petal colors can range from bright gold and orange to deep red and brown.
The foliage of black-eyed Susan is unobtrusive. Because the foliage is covered in coarse hairs, rabbits and deer rarely bother it. Leaves are generally a deep green color that blend well in a mixed garden bed.
Black-Eyed Susan Care Must-Knows
Leaf spots are black-eyed Susan's most common problem and are generally caused by fungus. The best way to handle this problem is to clean up dead debris before new foliage has emerged in spring and after the first frost in fall. Doing so will remove spores that could infect new foliage. Plant black-eyed Susan in full sun with good air circulation to also help prevent fungus growth.
Black-eyed Susan comes in both annual and perennial varieties. Many newer varieties are annuals in northern climates but hardy in the South. Be sure to check hardiness zones when shopping for black-eyed Susan.