Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Irish Eyes’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Irish Eyes’ cheers up the southern entrance to the garden this week. The long stalks, blown over in a storm, rest amid some Monarda that is enjoying an extended blooming period. Yellow and red are not a favored color combination in my garden, but the monarda is not usually blooming at this time of year. In general the garden is doing better than average for August. Almost all the blooms are happenstance, much appreciated happenstance.


10 thoughts on “Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Irish Eyes’

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      This is the only variety I’ve had much luck with. Many of my plants that are supposed to do ok even in dry weather are much more vigorous this summer because of good amounts of rain.

  1. paulinemulligan

    Rudbekias are such cheerful plants, just like a splash of sunshine on a dull day! Your variety ‘Irish Eyes’ has a lovely flower and looks quite autumnal with the red of your Monarda, autumn is coming too quickly!

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I have too many Shasta Daisies. Black-eyed Susans are ubiquitous around here but I can’t keep them growing. Don’t understand it, but this particular Rudbeckia has done well for years.

  2. P&B

    Beautiful contrast. I thought I didn’t want anymore Rudbeckia in my garden since they self-sow like crazy, but after looking at your ‘Iris Eyes’ I’ve changed my mind.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks. I divided this Rudbeckia last year, but never had a volunteer. Mine should have been staked (but like so many garden tasks, I didn’t get around to it). pbm


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