We are approaching the peak of Black Eyed Susans. Rudbeckia hirta is an annual in my garden, short lived perennial in some climates. In areas of my garden that are highly visible from the highway I try to maintain a succession of something to attract the eye.
Late February and early March, daffodils attract attention in a bed of dry lantana stems.
By April, Larkspur and Poppies attract are the main show.
May sees the emergence of Purple Heart, Daylilies and beginning Rudbeckia
June begins the Lantana show which lasts the summer despite heat and drought.
Lantana montevidensis in white and lavender, my favorites. A bed in the distance in either direction has yellow lantanta, also a butterfly favorite.
Coming behind Black Eyed Susans are Madagascar periwinkles from seed.
As the BES fadeand are pulled, periwinkles will take the stage in shades of pink, rose and magenta.
In the fall they'll be joined by Salvia leucantha which had some sparse spring bloom.
As I pull Rudbeckia, reseeding Melampodium may show up, already noted
in other beds where the ground is bare. Melampodium is a grand summer annual.
It literally comes up blooming and does not have to be deadheaded.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention the Lilacina Crape myrtles that rise above this bed on the east end.
They'll be blooming in a very few days. The south end boasts Duranta and Purple Datura,
soon to be in bloom.
Midafternoon it was 98 degrees here.