The eastern white pine, Pinus strobus, is one of the most popular native plants in our region. And even though these trees are commonly used in both public and private gardens, there are still many reasons why you should consider adding these lovely trees to your landscape. One of the principal reasons is that the eastern white pine is really ‘for the birds’.
Rudbeckia fulgida, popularly called the Black-Eyed Susan, is Maryland’s State Flower and incredibly popular with local gardeners, for its many good qualities. Looks great with grasses and the seedheads of Monarda, or with just about anything. Shown is the popular variety ‘Goldstrum,’ voted Perennial of the year in 1999.
The species is native to the Southern and Eastern U.S.
- Long bloom time, from July into September.
- Requires full sun or light shade.
- Spreads freely by seedling.
- Hardy down to Zone 3.
- Fairly drought-tolerant once established. (Newly planted, they need to be watched and watered regularly their first season.)
- No need to divide.
- Most gardeners leave the attractive seedheads standing all winter for the birds. Others remove the dead flowers to prevent spreading.
- Pinching in May can produce bushier, shorter plants, but I’ve never done it myself. The variety ‘Goldstrum’ is short enough to not need pinching.