Rudbeckia and Coneflowers

rudbeckia
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I like to post photos of rudbeckia (black-eyed susans). I grow them in my front yard and in my backyard as well. I have a few growing in front of my cucumber plants. I don’t replant them or plant seeds. All I do is pull them when they look feh, and then I throw them somewhere else in the yard. Sometimes I do scatter the seeds from the tops. Next season I have them growing in new places.

rudbeckia
Next to my rudbeckia this year grew the bright magenta flowers from lambs’ ears. The yellow and magenta twinkle together.

echinacea coneflowers
In the front of my house I have one large clump of echinacea (coneflowers). I haven’t had as good luck spreading these about my house, but I have been trying. The rudbeckia must live the sun and soil conditions here more than the coneflowers do.

Both rudbeckia and purple coneflowers (echinacea) are in the flower family Asteraceae.

Do you have flowers that grow easily near you?

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15 thoughts on “Rudbeckia and Coneflowers

  • I love the black-eyed susans and the coneflowers.. Pretty images! I just wish the groundhog did not eat all my coneflowers.. Maybe I’ll see some next year.. I hope all is well, have a happy new week!

    • Eileen,

      I can understand why you don’t want groundhogs to eat your coneflowers. I used to have both groundhogs in the back and a little bit of coneflowers – now the coneflowers are in the front. And I guess the groundhog got tired of living here, because I’m growing my cucumbers in a cage.

  • it seems to be the reverse in our gardens. I keep encouraging the black the black eyed susans though. I’ve transplanted a few to a sunnier spot and I too spread the seeds each fall. Your garden is lovely Leora. I hope you are well.

  • Pretty photos Leora… and if was you who taught me the names of these flowers years ago.. I didn’t know. LOL I lost some from the winter and I think next year will be a better year for my garden.. Nice to see you in Nature Notes…Michelle

  • Hi Leora,

    Lovely photos of the black-eyed Susans and coneflowers. I grow both but have the best success with the coneflowers. They grow in a dry area of my yard (on a hill actually, so the soil is well drained) and seem to like it there a lot because they multiply.

    Also blooming in my yard right now are Japanese anemones and various cultivated daylilies.

    • Thank you to alerting me to the issue with leaving comments – wonder if others had the same issue. It was probably related to OpenID, which I only use because I need to comment on Blogger sites like yours, and often the only option for me is OpenID.

      Funny how the coneflowers grow easily, whereas for me I keep working to keep them going in one spot.

  • I am loving these photos. I love the colors, so joyful to look at. Coneflowers are a favorite of mine. I love how their petals droop, and how the textures of the tops contrast.

  • It may take a few years but as long as you don’t cut the coneflowers and allow the wind and birds to scatter the seeds, the coneflowers will spread…I have many natives such as these that spread including goldenrod and helianthus.

    • Donna, the ones in the back did not make it. But it could be that I planted them in a spot that got more shade in the summer than I anticipated (we have a lot of bushes that grow much bigger in summer).

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