As a comment about Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta 'Cherry Brandy'), kqcrna wrote:

Although some sources might call this plant a perennial, it didn't perform well for me as such. Wintersown, mine bloomed well and displayed beautiful color in their first summer. They thrived. A few did survive that first winter in my yard but never thrived after that. In their second year their blossom color was muted and the plants seemed weak. They were barely visible in my garden.

Cherry Brandy Rudbeckias make pretty, healthy annuals, but in the future I won't attempt to use them as perennials.
Dec 3, 2011 3:10 AM CST
Thread OP
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 2
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
I agree with your assessment.
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Jul 16, 2012 2:22 PM CST
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Garden Procrastinator Greenhouse Dragonflies Plays in the sandbox I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
The WITWIT Badge I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Container Gardener Seed Starter
This is the first year I've had them come back and, while they are definitely not as impressive as the first year's blooms, I still wouldn't kick them out of my garden. Smiling These were in a fairly shallow container in a somewhat sheltered area. Smaller and not not as vivid, but still quite nice.

Thumb of 2012-07-16/woofie/926765 Thumb of 2012-07-16/woofie/dcb06a

Edited to add: This same plant has come back yet again this year (August 2013); the blooms haven't opened yet, but it is looking quite healthy.
Confidence is that feeling you have right before you do something really stupid.
Last edited by woofie Aug 2, 2013 2:14 PM Icon for preview
Feb 2, 2015 10:16 PM CST
Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Vegetable Grower Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Salvias Roses
Region: Maryland Region: Mid-Atlantic Container Gardener Winter Sowing
Good to know I should winter sow some more this year--I've a surplus of their seeds and didn't know what to do with them; thanks.
Avatar for Frillylily
Feb 2, 2015 10:45 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Black eyed susans are not perennial for me either and actually 'come back' by reseeding. That is the old fashioned yellow ones which I grew.
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.
  • Started by: jmorth
  • Replies: 3, views: 1,654
Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by mcash70 and is called "Wild asters"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.