The Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) sprouts it's seed in the middle of summer. Once summer has arrived, you will begin to see this flower growing towards the end of July. It sometimes can grow well into the fall, depending on climate, soil, and nature.
Black Eyed Susan vines are bright yellow flowers that have a distinct black center. They will spread throughout the flowerbed and really add a certain brightness to the end of summer.
They have very strong stems that will hold them upright. They will never fall over due to the strength of the stem. They do not need to be supported with any kind of staking.
There are about 50 different species of this flower and one thing they have in common is that they all have a bright yellow blossom. The centers however, are not always black. They can also be red or green.
This perennial flower just happens to be the Maryland state flower. Definitely a beautiful flower to have representing your state!
Rudbeckia's are easy to grow and will continue to come back every year. As I have said earlier, they are a perennial plant. The Black Eyed Susan grows well in a flowerbed all by itself. While you can have other flowers around them, they do not need it. They put on a beautiful show all on their own.
In order to start the growing process, make sure you are planting them in fertile soil with very good drainage.
If you live in colder regions, plant the flower in the springtime. If you live in a warmer climate, then you could begin planting the flower in the fall months.
These plants will reseed themselves every year. Once they begin to grow, some of the plants may die off, but then, due to the reseeding, they will begin to grow again.
If you have your Rudbeckia planted in the sun, do not worry; they are great plants for sunny spots. Just make sure to water them regularly. If your soil is moist, then you do not have to water them as often. Only on an as needed basis.
The only problems you may come into contact with would be mildew on the leaves. When you see mildew, you can cut the plants to stop the growing of the mildew. Then they will continue to grow, as they should.
While this usually is not a problem until the end of its growing season, just make sure to cut the plants that have it so that it doesn't become a bigger problem.