Black Eyed Susan is a favorite flower of mine, and while my husband absolutely hates them (seriously, what a weirdo, we fight every year over it), I think it is always deserving of a spot in our front flower garden!
Black Eyed Susans have the coloring of a sunflower and the sunny disposition to match. These late-blooming beauties will add tons of bright color to your front yard and when you see them pop up, it’s a sure sign that fall is near. A flower bed is best showcased with Black Eyed Susans, and I’ll always fight for their spot in my front yard!
Grow Zone: Grow Black Eyed Susan in zones 3-11. It’s super versatile!
Water and Sun Needs: Does well in areas of sun or partial shade. Water plants when the first few inches of the soil are dry.
Average Size: Depending on conditions, they can grow to be 1 to 8 feet tall and 1-1/2 half feet wide.
Plant Type: Perennial
Special Features: Black Eyed Susans provide great fall color, can grow extremely well in containers, and they’re pretty low maintenance! They’re also pretty tolerant of dry, hot conditions which make it a great option for desert landscaping.
How to Get Started: Plant seeds in March through May, just as soon as your soil reaches at least 70 degrees. Plant seeds in an area of soil that is both moist and well-draining, preferably located in an area of full sun. Plants should be watered when the top of the soil feels dry. Plant seeds far apart, keeping in mind that they do tend to crowd out other flowers. They need plenty of their own space.
When to Harvest: Black Eyed Susans will bloom continually through June up until October, providing you with beautiful color for a substantial period of time! Though you can’t eat this harvest, they do make for stunning cut flowers. I like to display them in my home!
What to Plant It With: I like to plant Black-Eyed Susan with Fountaingrass, Russian Sage, Aster, or Coneflower.
Don’t forget about the black eyed susan vine. A native to South Africa, Madagascar and Southern Asia, it is a fast growing vine with non-stop flowers.
For more ideas about fall and landscaping with trees.