Black-Eyed Susans have a long season of bloom and have a sturdy, upright habit. The orangish-yellow daisy flowers have a distinct dark brown eye or cone and are held on branching stems. Do not deadhead these cones if you want winter interest since the black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds. An excellent perennial for the much needed late summer color. It is very showy in mass plantings.
Rudbeckias like full sun, but they also will do well in partial shade. Plant them in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Removing spent flowers in order to stimulate continuous bloom. They provide winter interest and the seeds are a source of winter food for small birds. Plants will self seed, so if this becomes a maintenance issue it is best to cut back in the fall. Very easily dividable in the spring. It makes a great cut flower.