Should You Plant Blackeyed Susan? (it will take over your garden)

It’s true, Blackeyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) might take over your garden as it has done mine. But do we mind? Look at that cheerful beauty, stunning still in October this year!

Close up photo of stunning blackeyed susan in a native wildflower garden in Southern Alberta

I let the six blackeyed susan plugs that I planted last year reseed themselves. This year, I have a huge abundance of these brilliant beauties! I’ve pulled a lot of seedlings.

Yes, these plants require a ruthless hand to weed out excessive plants. But I absolutely recommend planting them anyway. They give me a smile every time I walk by or look out the window, which is worth a lot of weedy seedling pulling!

Big patch of Blackeyed Susan flowers overtaking Yarrow in a native wildflower garden in Southern Alberta

See above, where the blackeyed susans are overtaking yarrow, which is also a fast growing plant! I had to pull out several plants to give this yarrow some breathing room and make sure sunlight reaches them.

Closeup of Blackeyed Susan in a native wildflower garden in Southern Alberta

Blackeyed susans have a long bloom time: August until freezing. This year we’re having such beautiful fall weather with only a few frosty nights up until today, which is why the flowers are still so gorgeous.

Large patch of blackeyed susans with sunlight streaming through in native wildflower garden in Southern Alberta

I would recommend planting these cheerful flowers where they have plenty of room to spread and sprawl about. That way you don’t have to worry so much about pulling seedlings!

Happy Gardening!