'Red Midget' Mexican Hat Plant has unusual flowers with drooping orange red petals surrounding the 2" elongated green brown central cones. The habit is open and airy, with fine green leaves. The bloom period is mid to late summer, blooming often into fall. Butterflies love Ratibida, and it is especially effective planted in masses. 'Red Midget' is dry site tolerant and occurs naturally in prairies and meadows.
Prairie Coneflower is a very versatile prairie native, thriving in a wide variety of soil types and moisture levels. Ratibida pinnata blooms from July to September, producing a wealth of deep yellow coneflowers with reflexed petals and prominent brown cones. The mature seeds are an excellent food source for finches, so leave the tall stalks standing into fall. This is a hard working perennial for the back of mixed borders or for massing in meadows.
Meadow Beauty, also known as Handsome Harry, is in the same family as tropical Tibouchina, but it is a hardy native of the Northeast. The bright rose-pink flowers bloom from July to September, held in clumps above the hairy interesting leaves. Rhexia performs best in moist and wet locations, which is where we first saw this on the High Line in NYC. Patrick Cullina first showed it to us.
'Blaauw's Pink' Azalea becomes covered with large salmon-pink hose-in-hose flowers in late spring. A very hardy standby for Northern gardens. A Gable Hybrid and evergreen.
'Conversation Piece' Azalea produces very large pink flowers with splotches of red and white coloring over compact evergreen foliage in mid to late May. Its dwarf habit is combined with excellent cold hardiness. Bred by Robert Gartrell at his New Jersey home named 'Robin Hill', from whence come many fine compact Azaleas.
Encore® Autumn Amethyst® (‘Conlee’) Hybrid Azalea blooms in both late spring and early fall, producing large showy flowers in shades of rosy purple. The dark green foliage is evergreen taking on purplish shades in winter. Rhododendron Encore® Autumn Amethyst® should be protected from harsh winter winds, and comes from the Encore® Series hybridized by Robert Lee and Flowerwood Nursery of Mobile, Alabama.
Autumn Embers™ Hybrid Azalea ('Conleb') is one of the hardiest of this exciting group of fall blooming evergreen Azaleas. The flowers start in July and continue through the fall. The large blooms are a deep orange-red in both single and semi-double forms. The habit is low growing and tight, with dark green disease-resistant leaves. From the breeding work of Robert Lee and introduced by Flowerwood Nursery of Mobile, Alabama.
Autumn Royalty® Hybrid Azalea ('Conlec') produces enormous magenta-purple booms from July through fall. The habit is tight but upright, with dark green evergreen foliage. Rhododendron Encore® Autumn Royalty® was voted “Azalea of the Year” by the American Rhododendron Society.
‘Renee Michelle’ Azalea comes from the prolific hybridizing work of Girard Nurseries in Ohio, and is a beautiful compact evergreen Azalea. The flowers are large and a good clean pink in late spring, over glossy dark green foliage. An added beauty is the fall and winter color, when leaves take on shades of reddish-purple. The winter hardiness is excellent, as Dr. Michael Dirr found in his Illinois winter garden.
'Gumpo Pink' Azalea has large soft salmon pink flowers in June over tiny green foliage. The flowers look much bigger than you would expect for the leaf size. A Satsuki hybrid from Japan. Evergreen.
'Gumpo White' Azalea has large white flowers in June over tiny green foliage. When in bloom, the foliage is obscured by the white blooms. A Satsuki hybrid from Japan. Evergreen.
‘Klondyke’ Azalea produces large deep yellow flower trusses in May on the ends of the upright branches. The new foliage starts in shades of bronze, turning rapidly to a medium green. The habit of ‘Klondyke’ Azalea is upright and compact. It originated as one of the Knap Hill hybrids.
Hose-in-hose soft pink blooms appear on 'Nancy of Robin Hill' Azalea in mid-May. Foliage is evergreen and dense. This Azalea stays in bloom for an extended period. Hybridized by Robert Gartrell of New Jersey.
‘Weston’s Innocence’ Swamp Azalea is a pure white Rhododendron viscosum introduced by Weston’s Nursery in Massachusetts. The graceful white flowers are fragrant and showy, appearing above the deciduous green leaves in May and June. The foliage is mildew resistant and turns shades of reddish burgundy in fall. Birds and pollinators are drawn to this lovely cold tolerant native. Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Innocence’ will light up moist woodland sites in late spring.
‘Choptank Rose’ Azalea is a lovely combination of both its Native Azalea parents. The fragrant flowers are a combination of rose, white and yellow and make a show in late May and June. ‘Choptank Rose’ does well in moist to wet sites, and naturalizes well in woodland settings. The great plantswoman Polly Hill found it naturally occurring along the banks of the Choptank River in Maryland and Delaware.
'My Mary' deciduous Azalea blooms in May, producing clusters of fragrant deep yellow blooms. The habit is loosely upright, and 'My Mary' lights up woodland settings when in bloom. This is a complex hybrid, combining excellent qualities from all three parents (austrinum, atlanticum and periclymenoides). Produced by the late George plantsman George Beasley who named it for his wife.
'Choice Cream' deciduous Azalea blooms in May and June. It is covered with extremely fragrant creamy-yellow flowers which are set off by pink tubes. This has long been a favorite of our dear friend Steven Kristoph, and has been a show-stopper at The Rutgers Gardens plant sale year after year.
‘Millie Mac’ Florida Azalea blooms in May, producing extremely fragrant yellow to orange flowers in delicate clumps. The blooms appear before Rhododendron x ‘Millie Mac’ is fully leafed out, making the plants very showy in semi-shaded areas. This deciduous native Azalea was found in Alabama, and tolerates heat and humidity well, as well as mid Atlantic winters. Enjoy this heavenly fragrance in the May garden.
‘Boursault’ Catawba Rhododendron blooms in late May and June, producing showy trusses of lavender bell-shaped flowers. The blooms crown the large oblong evergreen leaves, and Rhododendron ‘Boursault’ is a reliable bloomer in the Northeast because of its good cold tolerance. All Catawba Rhododendrons need excellent drainage as well as consistent moisture.
The white flower trusses of Rhododendron catawbiense 'Chionoides' have yellow centers, and are held above the green-leafed compact plant in May. A tidy, handsome shrub year-round, with attractive, neat evergreen foliage.
PRN Preferred: A neat compact habit with outsized white flower trusses.
'English Roseum' Catawba Rhododendron has large rose-pink flower trusses in May and June, displayed over large leathery evergreen leaves. 'English Roseum' is upright and somewhat compact in habit, with good tolerance for both heat and cold.
‘Lee’s Dark Purple’ Catawba Rhododendron has deep purple buds which open to rosy purple trusses in April and May. The dark green leathery leaves are evergreen, making a nice setting for the showy flower clumps. Rhododendron catawbiense ‘Lee’s Dark Purple’ is a native, but its breeder was John Lee of England, who hybridized it in the mid-1800s. The habit is somewhat compact and the cold tolerance is good.
Rhododendron kaempferi 'Johanna' Azalea has large red flowers, and is one of the best red Azaleas available. Leaves are semi-evergreen. Winter color is a bronzy purple.
PRN Preferred: The winter foliage color is just as showy as the spring blooms.
'Roseum Bluestem' Rosebay Rhododendron blooms in late May and early June, producing pinkish lavender trusses over large narrow evergreen foliage. 'Roseum Bluestem' gets its name from the reddish stems, and is a selection by Rarefind Nursery of Jackson, NJ. Like other selections of Rhododendron maximum 'Roseum', Rhododendron 'Blue Stem' flowers for a long time, in between R. catawbiense and R. maximum bloom time.
Pinxterbloom Azalea blooms April to early May and flower color ranges from white to pink. It is mildly fragrant, and tolerates dry sites and acidic soils. Deciduous.
'Betty Cummins' Swamp Azalea was found along a New Jersey road by Dave Lewis, who named it after the great Rhododendron breeder Betty Cummins. The fragrant bright pink flowers appear in June and July over dark green deciduous foliage. Pollinators and hummingbirds are drawn to them. Rhododendron viscosum 'Betty Cummins' is an easy to grow native, since it copes with a variety of acid soil condition, from average drainage to swampy sites.
'Millennium' Swamp Azalea comes from years of breeding work with deciduous native Azaleas at Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts. Rhododendron viscosum 'Millennium' produces small fragrant blooms in late May and June, starting with velvety red buds that open to dark pink flower clumps. The bloom period is a month or more, especially when the spent flowers are deadheaded. The foliage is green with a glaucous silver underside. Rhododendron 'Millennium' is happiest in moist, acidic soils in both sun and partial shade.
‘Weston’s Ribbon Candy’ Swamp Azalea is a late blooming deciduous Azalea. The flowers are bright pink with white center stripes, and are held in showy trusses above the bluish green leaves. Rhododendron ‘Weston’s Ribbon Candy’ is aptly named, because the bicolored flowers do look like old-fashioned candies. Like other viscosum Azaleas, the fragrance is delicious. The June blooms are followed by good bronzy fall color.
Pennsylvania Rhododendron is a late blooming deciduous Azalea resulting from a controlled cross made by Weston Nurseries between R. periclymenoides and tow other named cultivars. The flowers appear in June and July in shades of deep pink with orange yellow throats. Our friend Larry Kuser of Fernbrook Nursery recommends it for its great fragrance and its neat compact habit. The fall color is shades of copper red.
'Weston's Lemon Drop' is a lovely hybrid deciduous Azalea from Weston Nurseries' extensive breeding work. The buds are peach colored, and open to a soft yellow in May and June. The flowers of this interspecific hybrid are fragrant, and the bluish green foliage turns reddish maroon in fall. The Mezzit family of Hopkinton, MA has contributed a huge number of excellent Rhododendrons to the gardening world, and this one is one of the best ones.
'Tangerine Delight' Hybrid Flame Azalea is a result of a beautiful cross between R. calendulaceum and a Knaphill Azalea. The habit is mounded with deciduous foliage, topped by large showy clusters of fragrant orange and peach colored flowers in May and June. Although eventually large, Rhododendron 'Tangerine Delight' has dense branching, and would make an excellent hedge as well as a large specimen.
The Native Azaleas which flourish on the East Coast are wonderfully varied, growing in different habitats from warm coastal wetlands to rocky cold mountaintops, and everywhere in between. They are all deciduous, and an important nectar source for insects and butterflies. We have several decidous varieties, of different flower colors and bloom times. Please review our current availability for a complete list of varieties.
'Gro-Low' Fragrant Sumac has brilliant red fall foliage. An introduction from Synnestvedt Nursery, its summer foliage is green and somewhat lustrous. A good choice for dry locations, urban sites and banks, especially in deer infested areas. Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low' is great for parking lot islands because it is so tough and salt tolerant.
PRN Preferred: This is an indistructable multi season groundcover. A real problem solver for tough sites.
'Creel's Quintet' Shining Sumac is a compact, landscape-worthy variety of this tough native plant. It has the beautiful burgundy-red coloration of the species, but it reaches a maximum height of only 8 to 10'. Its habit is suckering, so the clump will get wide eventually. Since it is a female form, the fruit it produces is an important food source in the winter for both birds and mammals. Mike Creel of Lexington, SC introduced it, and the "Quintet" refers to its set of 5 glossy leaflets per leaf, as opposed to the 9 or more produced on the species Rhus copallina. In the summer, the creamy yellow flower spikes add to the beauty of this dry site tolerant plant.
'Lanham's Purple' Shining Sumac is a mid sized selection with lustrous purple new growth in spring and early summer. By mid summer the color has matured to burgundy-green, and the fall color is a striking combination of purple, red, orange and yellow. It is very tolerant of poor dry sites, and colonizes banks, hillsides and rocky areas well with its suckering habit. It was found by the late Gary Lanham of Kentucky.
Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac has brilliant orange-red fall foliage with striking lacy leaves on fuzzy stems. Upright red fall seed clumps provide important food for many birds in winter. Rhus typhina 'Laciniata' ('Dissecta') is very tolerant of dry poor soils.
First Editions® Tiger Eyes® ('Bailtiger') Staghorn Sumac has chartreuse and brilliant yellow finely dissected leaves with red stems. Rhus typhina Tiger Eyes® has striking orange and red fall foliage, and is an exciting new native for tough sites, from Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota. Prefers a dry site.
PRN Preferred: Amazing foliage color both summer and fall, especially good in dry sites.
‘Purple Robe’ Black Locust produces 4” pendant racemes of lavender purple fragrant flowers in May and June. The actual flowers are pea-shaped, and like other members of the pea family (Fabaceae), Robinia ‘Purple Robe’ is very adaptable because of its nitrogen-fixing abilities. The pinnate leaves emerge a somewhat bronzy red in spring, rapidly maturing to green. Like other Black Locusts, ‘Purple Robe’ can produce suckers which should be removed. An early introduction by William Flemer III.
Rodgersia pinnata produces dramatic pinnate leaves, looking like a perennial Horsechestnut. These are topped in late spring and early summer by dramatic deep pink panicles of multiple delicate flowers, rather like a larger flat topped Astilbe. Rodgersia pinnata tolerates wet conditions and is happiest in acid soils. The leaves turn an attractive reddish-bronze color in the fall. Rodgersia is a very nice addition to shady streams and pond edges, as it gradually spreads by rhizomes.
Rohdea japonica or Sacred Lily has broad strap-like evergreen leaves which look exotic, especially when topped by red winter berries in clumps. The fruit lasts for up to 5 months. A hard-to-find, long-lived and tough perennial.
Bonica® ('Meidomonac') Rose has pastel pink double flowers and blooms all summer. An early Meidiland® introduction.
The pink single flowers of Carefree Delight® ('Meipotal') Rose have white centers and it blooms all summer. A great rose for mass plantings.
Clusters of single cherry red flowers with white centers cover the glossy green foliage of Carefree Spirit™ ('Meizmea') Rose all summer. Excellent disease resistance. From the Meidiland® Rose breeding program.
Carefree Wonder™ ('Meipitac') Rose has pink double flowers which are two-toned because the outsides of the petals are white. It blooms all summer.
Cinco de Mayo™ ('WEKcobeju') Rose is a floribunda form with a gorgeous blend of smoky lavender, red and orange blooms. The flowers are moderately fragrant and their unusual coloration is more intense in cooler weather. This seedling of 'Julia Child' won 2nd prize in the prestigious Paris trials of 2010, per our friend Stephen Scaniello (A.K.A. the Rose God). A Carruth Introduction.
Cloud 10™ ('Radclean') Climbing Rose produces pure white double flowers in spring and fall. The foliage is highly disease resistant and an attractive glossy green. The large blooms resemble English Roses and are attractive to pollinators. Rosa Cloud 10™ come from the hybridizing work of Will Radler and can be grown as a very large shrub as well as a mid sized climber.
Coral Drift® ('Meidriflora') is a semi-double deep coral-orange.
One of the newer exciting children of the Knock Out® program, Coral Knock Out® (formerly Carefree Celebration™), has double coral orange flowers all summer until frost. It has the same wonderful disease resistance that its other siblings have. From William Radler.
PRN Preferred: Blooms all summer whth beautifully clean foliage.
'Don Juan' Rose has deep crimson double flowers and is very fragrant. It reblooms well with clean shiny foliage. It is the result of a cross between a seedling 'New Dawn' and 'New Yorker'.
Double Knock Out® ('Radtko') Rose is another amazing Rose from the Knock Out® series, with double cherry-red flowers all summer into fall, as well as the beautiful foliage of its parent, Knock Out®.
Fire Meidiland® ('Meipsidue') Rose has red double flowers and blooms all summer into fall. The habit is low and broad. Foliage is very clean.
Icecap™ ('Meiradena') is a compact repeat blooming Rose that produces a great quantity of white semi-double flowers. The foliage is clean and disease resistant. Rosa Icecap™ is a result of a partnership between Will Radler (the father of the Knock Out® Rose) and the french hybridizers, Meilland. An excellent choice for mass plantings.
‘John Cabot’ Climbing Rose was one of the original Explorer series of very hardy Roses from Canada. The fragrant double flowers are fuchsia red and produced throughout most of the summer. The foliage is a clean light green, with orange rose hips appearing in the fall. Rosa ‘John Cabot’ is a short vigorous climber, but it can also be a very large shrub rose. (8’ by 6’), which could be used for a stunning hedge.
'Joseph's Coat' Rose has yellow and scarlet semi-double flowers that are fragrant, and it reblooms well in the fall.
Knock Out® ('Radrazz') Rose has cherry-red semi-double flowers on beautiful bronzy new growth and disease-free dark green foliage. A tremendous plant introduced by William Radler. It will never stop blooming for you throughout the summer and fall.
Knock Out® 'White' ('Radwhite') Rose is another winner from William Radler. The glistening single white flowers cover the dark green disease-resistant foliage. Michael Bowell of 'Create a Scene' in Pennsylvania accurately likens the flower form to American Dogwood flowers.
Limoncello™ ('MEljecycka') Shrub Rose produces clear yellow flowers prolifically all summer, over dark green disease resistant foliage. The 3" blooms are single and very fragrant. This is the first strong yellow bloomer from the Meidiland® breeding program in France, introduced into the US by Star Roses. Because of its summer-long flowering performance and its excellent disease resistance, Limoncello™ is an excellent choice for large landscape plantings.
PRN Preferred: The combination of bright yellow flowers and clean disease resistant foliage is unusual.
'New Dawn' Rose has small pink fragrant double flowers, great hardiness and is a good rebloomer. Per Stephen Scaniello, who knows all things rose-related, this was the first plant ever patented in the USA. It also showed good salt tolerance through the recent hurricanes on the Jersey shore.
One of the newest releases from William Radler. Pink Double Knock Out® ('Radtkopink') Rose is a bubblegum-pink Rose that has all the foliage attributes of its Knock Out® siblings and it's a double. Blooms all summer into the fall.
Pink Drift® ('Meijocos') Rose starts blooming in late spring and continues producing flowers all summer into fall. This neat, compact groundcover is covered with single pink blooms which are rendered more interesting by the white centers and yellow stamens. The foliage, like the other Drift® Series Roses we carry, is clean, green and disease resistant. Another introduction from Meilland Roses of France.
Fluorescent pink single to semi-double flowers on disease-free foliage, Pink Knock Out® ('Radcon') Rose has bronze new growth. Found by Conard-Pyle Nurseries, it blooms without stopping all summer.
Rainbow Sorbet™ ('BAIprez') Rose has semi-double flowers which combine shades of red, orange and yellow, over dark, disease resistant foliage. An everblooming floribunda Rose.
Ruby Meidiland® ('Meipreston') Rose is covered with ruby-red double flowers. It blooms all summer, and has very clean foliage. One of our favorite small shrub Roses.
Smiley Face™ ('Meilaclost') Climbing Rose has fragrant, double yellow flowers on clean, mildew resistant foliage. The intensity of its yellow color is really good, and does not fade into ivory, as so many other yellows do.
‘Sun Flare’ (‘JACjem’) Shrub Rose produces clusters of lemon-yellow double flowers starting in June. The blooms are fragrant and hold their yellow color well. William Warriner hybridized Rosa ‘Sun Flare’ in the 1980s while breeding Roses for Jackson and Perkins. The habit is relatively low and wide, with good clean green foliage.
Sunny Knock Out® ('Radsunny') Rose is another long-awaited winner from William Radler's Knock Out® program, with single bright yellow flowers and the disease resistant foliage of its siblings. It blooms all summer, and the color is deeper in cooler weather.
Sweet Drift® ('Meisweetdom') has double clear pink blossoms. It has a beautiful strong fragrance, particularly in the evening.
Tequila Gold® (‘Meipojona’) Shrub Rose produces semi-double bright yellow blooms throughout the summer. The flowers retain their yellow color well, over glossy green foliage. Foliage is black spot resistant. An introduction by Meilland in 2012.
Tequila® ('Meipomolo') Shrub Rose produces semi-double apricot blooms for an extended period in summer. The foliage is a clean lustrous green, and tolerant of hot dry conditions. The growth habit of Tequila® makes it a good candidate for compact hedges, as well as a lovely addition to the landscape for cut flowers. Introduced by Meilland International.
White Drift® ('Meizorland') Rose is a new ever blooming groundcover introduction with loads of diminutive white double flowers from early summer into fall. Like the other Drift® series of compact roses, White Drift® has excellent disease resistance. Excellent for rock gardens, flower bed borders and containers.
White Meidiland® ('Meicoublan') Rose has large double white flowers all summer and into fall over disease-free dark green foliage.
'William Baffin' Rose is a vigorous deep pink semi-double climbing rose. Its disease resistance and cold tolerance are excellent, and it reblooms on new wood. 'William Baffin' is mildly fragrant.
Winner's Circle™ ('Radwin') Rose is a lovely new everblooming Climbing Rose from the Knock Out® program of William Radler. The 7" semi-double flowers, which are produced throughout summer into fall, are fire engine red and are displayed over clean dark green foliage. The leaves take on shades of burgundy in the fall, and attractive orange hips are often present going into the winter.
'Zephirine Drouhin' Rose has cerise pink semi-double flowers which are very fragrant. The stems are virtually thornless. It reblooms in the fall.
PRN Preferred: A long lasting climber with virtually no thorns!
Carolina Rose is a tough native Rose, blooming in May with bright pink fragrant single flowers. Found in glades, swamps and pastures, Rosa carolina spreads by suckers to form a large patch eventually. The vivid pink blossoms are followed by red hips in the fall which are a good source of food and vitamin C for birds. Like most native Roses, Carolina or Pasture Rose is more disease resistant than most commercial Roses, including Rose Rosette disease.
Rugosa Rose has single magenta-pink highly fragrant flowers June through August, followed by large, bright orange rose hips in fall. Excellent colonizer of salty, sandy locations. The fruit is highly attractive to wildlife, but deer tend to leave the plants alone (too spiny).
PRN Preferred: A Rose that is both deer resistant and extremely fragrant.
‘Foxi Pavement’ (‘UHLater’) Rugosa Rose was developed as a groundcover version because of its shorter stature and vigorous suckering habit. The bright lavender pink flowers are very fragrant, with good reblooming especially if deadheaded. If not deadheaded, Rosa rugosa ‘Foxi Pavement’ produces large red hips in fall which is food for wildlife because of its excellent vitamin production. One of the older names for ‘Foxi Pavement’ is ‘Buffalo Gal,’ which is odd because this hybrid Rugosa actually came from Germany.
‘Pink Pavement’ Rugosa Rose has mauve pink ruffled flowers over disease-resistant dark green foliage. Rosa rugosa ‘Pink Pavement’ starts blooming in June and reblooms in late summer, especially if deadheaded after the first bloom flush. The Pavement series were introduced in the 1980s by Karl Baum of Germany, and are useful as tall groundcovers because of their suckering habits. Rugosa Roses tend to be somewhat deer resistant because of the many tiny thorns.
‘Purple Pavement’ Rugosa Rose produces fragrant ruffled semi-double reddish purple flowers for an extended period all summer. The suckering habit makes Rosa Rugosa ‘Purple Pavement’ a good choice for a groundcover on slopes, especially since the showy flowers are followed by attractive red rosehips in the fall. ‘Purple Pavement’ was introduced by Karl Baum of Germany in the 1980’s.
'Snow Pavement' ('Schneckoppe') Rose has semi-double fragrant white flowers, followed by bright red rose hips in the fall. The blooms start out pale pink in bud, and retain some delicate pink in the petals before maturing to white. Excellent salt tolerance, reblooms well. Makes a compact shrub or groundcover Rose. Hybridized in Germany.
Rosa virginiana has fragrant single pink blooms in June on long prickly branches with glossy green leaves. Fall color is an attractive orange, red and yellow, accented by shiny red rose hips remaining into winter. Salt and seashore loving. Rose Rosette resistant per Bill Barnes.
'Purple Pavement' ('Rotesmeer') Rose has reddish-purple semi-double blooms with excellent fragrance. 'Purple Pavement' reblooms periodically after its initial flush, and is crowned with large attractive dark red rosehips in the fall. Rosa rugosa varieties are highly salt tolerant.
These Roses are an exciting new offer from the Meidiland® Rose program, developed specifically to answer the need for very small Roses for groundcovers and containers. The Drift® Series grow to about 18" and bloom without stopping all summer. They have excellent disease resistance. Hot weather doesn't faze them; they just keep performing. We carry Apricot Drift®, Coral Drift®, Red Drift® and Sweet Drift® varieties.
We grow an extensive list of Shrub Roses, with different habits, eventual sizes and flower colors. For cultivars, descriptions and flower pictures, please consult our website’s plant library or contact us.
One of the best varieties of Black-Eyed Susan is Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii because of its excellent disease resistance and great flower production. The dark yellow daisy-like blooms appear in July through early September, and the showy golden petals are set off by the chocolate brown cones. Rudbeckia deamii's fuzzy green leaves are clean and neat, and the heavily branched flower display covers the clump when in bloom.
The yellow flowers of Black-Eyed Susan are later blooming than R. 'Goldsturm', extending the Black-Eyed Susan period up until frost. More wild and natural looking than the cultivars. Rudbeckia fulgida var. fulgida seeds vigorously, and makes a wonderful filler for natural areas. Birds depend on the seeds for winter food.
PRN Preferred: Looks more natural and blooms for a long time.
'Goldsturm' Black-Eyed Susan has yellow-gold flowers in June and July, making a wonderful display when planted in groups. It spreads to make a large mass eventually, so it can be used as a tall groundcover. Was found in a Czechoslovakia nursery in 1937. 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year. Seeds are an important winter bird food source.
'Little Goldstar' Black-Eyed Susan has a shorter sturdier habit than R. 'Goldsturm', which makes it much more useful for smaller spaces, as well as summer and fall mixed containers. Butterflies love the blooms and afterwards finches love the seed heads. Since it comes from tissue culture, it is very uniform in masses. A Jelitto Seed introduction.
PRN Preferred: We love the compact size and the plentiful flower display. Very cheery.
Rudbeckia maxima has huge powder blue leaves (hence the common name 'Dumbo Ears') topped by yellow cone flowers in June and July. The flower stalks rise to over 7' tall. Rudbeckia maxima prefers moist, fertile soils but will thrive in average garden conditions in full sun. It likes wet feet, yet is surprisingly drought tolerant. Foliage is striking and almost tropical looking, like a blue-green Canna. Seeds are an important winter bird food source.
Sweet Coneflower is a beautiful native Black Eyed Susan that tolerates heavy clay soils and blooms heavily from mid summer to early fall. The deep yellow daisy-like flowers have purple-brown cones which are a great food source for butterflies and insects. They smell sweetly of anise and make a great filler for the back of perennial beds or along the edges of woodlands. Rudbeckia subtomentosa can be used along stream beds and in rain gardens as well.
'Little Henry' Sweet Coneflower has the quilled yellow petals surrounding the brown cones of 'Henry Eiler', but the unusual flower display comes with a much shorter stature. The daisy-like flowers are produced in mid summer to early fall, and bright yellow petals are "quilled", or rolled up like tiny tubes. They cover the green anise smelling foliage and are held on strong, non-flopping stems. An introduction from Terra Nova Nurseries.
‘American Gold Rush’ Black-eyed Susan is similar to Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’, but is much more disease resistant in humid, hot summers. The yellow daisy-like flowers have striking black center cones, and the bloom period extends from early July until late summer. This selection was made by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennials. Like ‘Goldsturm’, Rudbeckia x ‘American Goldrush’ spreads to make a large patch eventually, but with beautiful clean foliage. Best in full sun. 2021 PHS Gold Medal Plant.