fbpx

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia): An Easy-to-Grow Flower for Late Summer

by | Updated: Jun 9, 2021

Close-up photo of Black-Eyed Susan, a yellow or gold flower that looks like a daisy with a brown, black or green center

Looking for an easy-to-grow flower that gives you big, pretty color in the late summer in western states like Colorado or Utah?

I’d like to introduce you to Black-Eyed Susan (officially, Rudbeckia — Rude-bek-ee-uh). It also goes by the name: Gloriosa Daisy.

There are MANY reasons to love this flower.

In this article, we’re going to chat about why Black-Eyed Susan plants are great flowers for Colorado, Utah and similar western states.

Black Eyed Susan, aka Rudbeckia, is one of the best late summer flowers for Colorado and Utah gardens

More than a month of colorful blooms? Yes, please!

If you’re new to Black-Eyed Susan, it’s a showy flower that resembles a daisy.

It often has gold or yellow petals and a black, brown or green center.

Typically, in states like Colorado, it will bloom in late July, August and even early September, so it gives you pretty color when a lot of other flowers are done blooming.

The exact bloom time depends on where you live.

Here are reasons to include these pretty flowers in your western garden:

  • They’re bright and showy, adding a BIG pop of gold color to your garden in mid- to late-summer.
  • They bloom for a looooong time. You may get up to 2 months of color.
  • Some grow well in mountain gardens, as well as down at lower elevations.
  • They tend to be adaptable to our tricky western soils, from clay soil, to sandier soils.
  • They grow well in the sun, but some will tolerate places in your garden that get a mix of sunshine and shade.
  • Some are drought tolerant once they’re established. (Typically, though, they prefer moderate water.)
  • They don’t like a lot of fuss. They’re usually happier without things like fertilizer.
  • They tend to be deer-resistant, meaning these plants aren’t Bambi’s first choice for breakfast.

Translation: This is an easy-going, low maintenance plant for western states like Colorado and Utah.

And cheers for plants that aren’t a lot of work, am I right?

Rudbeckia (commonly known as Black Eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy) has bright gold flowers and brown or black centers

But here’s what doesn’t always get mentioned…

Some types of Black-Eyed Susan are much shorter-lived than others.

I share this with you because if your plant doesn’t come back, you may think you did something wrong.

But nope, you may have just purchased a shorter-lived Black-Eyed Susan!

So in the next article, we’re going to discuss:

Pretty flowers are like a good wine — they’re best shared with friends.

If you like this beauty, please share this article with friends.

© 2020-2021, Go West Gardener
You’re welcome to share a link to this article on social media sites, but no other re-use in any form without written permission.

You may also like …

Ann from Go West Gardener with her flowerpots and garden

Hey there, I'm Ann

I’m a Certified Colorado Gardener, dog mama and Midwesterner-turned-Colorado girl. I help budding gardeners in the inter-mountain west get more confident with flower gardening, so you can create an outdoor space you love. More about Ann >>

What type of flowerpot gardener are you?

What type of flowerpot gardener are you?

Recent posts

Jupiter’s Beard: Long-Blooming Flowers That Come Back Every Year

Jupiter’s Beard: Long-Blooming Flowers That Come Back Every Year

Would you like pretty flowers that bloom all summer, return every year AND are drought tolerant? Yes, pleassssse! I can’t wait to introduce you to Jupiter’s Beard (aka, Red Valerian). It's official botanical name is Centranthus ruber. If you want long-lasting color, I...

“Do Some Plants Do Better in Hail Than Others?”

“Do Some Plants Do Better in Hail Than Others?”

When you live in states like Colorado, Wyoming and Texas, you may not get hail every year, but some years, you’ll get it 2 … 3 … 7 times. (I’m not crying. I have something in my eye.) It’s like playing the lottery, except hail is a prize you DON’T want to win. In this...

Lantana: A Heat-Tolerant Flower for Pots and Summer Gardens

Lantana: A Heat-Tolerant Flower for Pots and Summer Gardens

This cutie is known as Lantana This colorful flower reminds me of a delicious bowl of sherbet. It isn’t a flower you want to eat, though — no matter how yummy it looks.  🙂 It's actually a little poisonous. Be careful where you plant it if you have wee ones or dogs....

Hey there, budding western gardener!

Plant your email in the box to the right to get simple flower garden tips, so you can create an outdoor space you loooooove.

Success! Now check your email to confirm.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This