Name: Rudbeckia triloba
Type of Plant: A tall, biennial, or short-lived perennial black-eyed Susan with small, cheerful flowers. This plant may only live and flower one or two years, but it self-seeds so that once you have it you always have it.
Why I love this: I love this plant because it grows well in full sun or part-sun. It grows to three or four feet tall and it’s a fantastic cutting flower. The flowers are smaller than other Rudbeckia varieties and they are, I think, more attractive in bouquets than the larger blooms.
A Word to the Wise: This is a plant you’ll want to either start from seeds or get from someone else who grows it. Like many biennials, it’s hard to find in garden centers.