What great flowers for late summer and early fall the Rudbeckias are. They’re like sunshine on a stick! This lowly little Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is one of the earlier ones.
Right now, the city is alight with constellations of Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ which, in 1999, was rightly chosen by the Perennial Plant Association as its Perennial Plant of the Year. This category of perennials is selected for its reliable performance under a variety of conditions – that likely means they perform well under your conditions. Have a look at this list next time you’re heading for the garden centre.
Last time I drove up Don Mills north of Eglinton, the Four Seasons head office had surrounded itself with a magnificent monoculture of Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, and what a golden picture it made. Ah, for the luxury of a mass planting. And where was my camera when I needed it? Note to self: always bring the camera!