These cheerful flowers are in their peak bloom in July and August. Designated as Maryland’s state flower in 1918, black-eyed Susans thrive in our region. Give them full sun, average water and room to spread. When the flowers have faded, the birds will enjoy the seeds.
And a bit of trivia: The Preakness Stakes, coined the “Run for the Black Eyed Susans” because a blanket of “black-eyed Susans” is traditionally draped around the winner’s neck. But…the race is run in May when black-eyed Susan’s are not blooming. So chrysanthemums are painted yellow with black centers and stand-in for the real thing.