The Black-Eyed Susan is one of the most recognizable wildflowers in the landscape and is a North American Native. While these flowers are often seen in the wild along roadside America or blanketing vast open fields, they are a terrific flower to include in your home’s landscaping plan!
As a member of the sunflower family, and closely resembling a daisy, this yellow-petal flower gets its name from the brown cone center of the flower head, or the “black eye”. This plant can grow over 3 feet tall with flower diameters reaching 2-3 inches! As a sheer favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees buzzing around looking for nectar, these flying insects move from one flower to another, pollinating as they go. This pollination action causes fruits and seeds to grow which will blow away in the wind to grow and bloom again in a new location.
Thriving in full sun to partial shade and having a tolerance for most soils, its needs register high on the low-maintenance scale, however, when first introducing these flowers in your landscape, they will require ample amounts of water until they are established. Once the roots have taken hold, they will become drought tolerant for the rest of their life cycle. Considered to be an annual plant, it isn’t uncommon for them to be biennial, meaning they will produce into a second year before dying away.
With a bloom cycle from June to August, possibly September, their golden faces stand out in the crowd, yet seemingly compliment the surrounding landscape. Being the perfect accent flower to most perennials, these flowers especially flatter shrubs and trees with its vibrant color balancing the rich green of the background foliage. When the flower petals finally fall away for the season, the black “eyes” stay intact, adding architectural and vertical interest to the fall landscape; making it a full circle kind of flower!
So when thinking of adding pops of color to your landscape or garden, consider adding a pool of sunshine by planting Black-Eyed Susans en masse! Not sure what to do with the rest of the backyard? Have ideas but can’t seem to make sense of them all? Reach out to MasterPLAN to talk about the full potential for your property. We are ready to turn your outdoor living dreams into your reality!
Stay up to date with what is happening with MasterPLAN Outdoor Living.
Brick and stucco bring cohesion to this backyard tuscan-inspired feature wall, as these are the materials used in the front of the home!
Outdoor dining never looked so good! Learn more about this MasterPLAN project that blends right into nature!
This Center Valley project combines all of nature’s finest elements into one beautiful landscape design.
This King of Prussia landscape design features a Phantom Screen system that protects from pesky bugs in the summer and can recess into the ceiling on demand!
We love to follow our imagination when it comes to creating our custom deck spaces!
Carefully crafted outdoor living spaces take all elements of a design into consideration, down to the details of every cabinet handle!
Perfect placement is everything, especially when it comes to focal points when viewed from inside the home!
Bromic heaters are an aesthetic and effective way to heat outdoor living spaces, gaining 2 extra months in the spring and fall for comfortable outdoor enjoyment