brown-eyed susan

12 Jun

These are just beginning to open and should go on blooming for weeks. There are several varieties, all called brown-eyed or black-eyed Susan. They all are related to the cone flower but not all equally hardy. I’ve had the best luck here (Southern Illinois) with the ones with relatively flat seed heads and pointed petals. They are good cut flowers because the stems are sturdy and the flowers last a long time in water. Each clump will grow larger each year and, when planted in a large grouping, are impressive in bloom. About the only special need they have is water; they like to be watered regularly.   My rule of thumb is to water garden beds if it hasn’t rained in five days.

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