Rudbeckia ‘Indian Summer’

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Extra large, golden yellow flowers of ‘Indian Summer’

We like to use native plants as much as we can to encourage the local ecosystem, and one of our favorites for autumn is Blue Ribbon rudbeckia. ‘Indian Summer’ is a particularly showy variety with extra large, golden yellow flowerheads. These bold blooms can measure up to nine inches wide so they truly do grab your attention—and plants keep producing flowers up until the first frost.

Black-eyed susans are free and easy—they look best in a more naturalized setting like a sunny cottage garden or meadow. As we mentioned, this variety is a North American native, and butterflies and songbirds are drawn to the bright flowers, adding a bit of animation to the woodland motif.

‘Indian Summer’ grows pretty tall, reaching from 1–3 feet, so it works best toward the back of a design. It’s tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, and once the plant is established it requires very little supplemental water—just keep an eye on it to make sure the soil stays consistently moist.