Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’ (black-ey has huge 3-4″ deep yellow blooms with dark brown eye cover this black-eyed Susan from late spring until frost in an exuberant show. A rampant self-seeder, one plant will quickly become many in the garden. We leave ours to dry and provide bird seed in winter. Plants grow 30-36″ tall and tolerate a small amount of shade.
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Little Gold Star’ is the new industry standard – a terrific improvement over ‘Goldsturm’. This plant forms a bushy, short clump of rich green foliage covered with a dome of closely spaced, starburst-shaped, 2-2.5”, golden yellow blossoms held just above the foliage. Very well-branched scapes carry loads of flowers from midsummer through early fall. Over 80 flowers have been counted on a single plant, making this selection more floriferous than ‘Goldsturm’.