I like to buy flowers that reseed, can be divided, and are easy to grow. When you have a big yard, with lots of space to be planted, it can become expensive. Plus, I like to create a garden space that will return the next year, and I can move on to another area. Rudbeckia flowers are a great choice to add color to a large space. I have some in a bed beside my driveway, and over a couple of years they have filled in a several feet of space. I purchased a pot recently to add some color to the back deck and when they die back this fall I will add them to the bed.
WHY CHOOSE RUDBECKIA FLOWERS:
- Easy to care for
- Low maintenance
- Can be used for cut flowers
- Butterflies love them
- Multiplies easily and gives you a lot of bang for your buck
- Beautiful yellow flowers with a brown center that can grow 2-6 feet tall, and look great when planted in mass.
- Drought tolerant, and grow in full sun. That is a plus in my Zone 7 growing season. Most of my yard is all day sun. They will also tolerate dry soil.
- Each fall and again in the spring I apply a thin layer of compost to the bed. I also after, the plants die down in the winter, add mulch.
- In the winter, I clean up the bed, and cut the dead stems down to just above ground level.
- If you don’t divide every two or three years, the flowers will start to become smaller.
- Divide in the spring by lifting the plants out of the ground, divide them into clumps, and replant 2-3 feet apart.
- Rudbeckia flowers are a good choice for fall planting. Plant in a hole two times their root ball size, water thoroughly and mulch to protect over the winter.
I couldn’t resist adding my little thrift store angel to the pot. She was a bargain at forty cents. Her yellow dress was a little faded, so I repainted her with outdoor craft paint, and made her hair darker. Now she matches the rudbeckia flowers.
Consider Rudbeckia Flowers for your perennial garden this fall or next spring. They will grace your garden for years to come, and the butterflies will thank you for it.
Rudbeckia photo courtesy of dreamstime.