The oops this month is that I planted a perennial and I didn't do enough research. I planted Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'.
|from MoBot's files|
Really, how could sunny black eyed Susans ever be a mistake? The golden yellow of 'Goldsturm' is rich and warm, and goes with every other color blooming next to it. They are incredibly reliable bloomers, sturdy of stem, easy to grow, and the stalks even look great in winter if you leave the seed heads standing for the birds.
Although black eyed Susans in general will seed everywhere, I find them to be easy to control.
But 'Goldsturm' gets angular leaf spot, a disfiguring bacterial disease on its foliage. The leaves blacken something terrible. They get crisp and ugly, from the bottom up. The plants still bloom their heads off, but the foliage is awful. Mine were impossible to enjoy close up; by the end of the summer every inch of the leaves was black.
|artfully photographing the clumps of 'Goldsturm' rudbeckia with other plants in front is helpful|
This is kind of a big oops. A plant in my garden that will only look good if I remove it.
They were worse this past summer. In earlier years they looked better. Really good, actually.
If only I had done some research on this plant before I put it in my garden. That was a mistake. After admitting this gardening oops, I am ready to remove these clumps and replace them with another type of rudbeckia. That should make them look better.
I like the look of black eyed Susans against the brick wall, so I'd like more... just not this one. Casa Mariposa says Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' did well in her Flowerbed of Death last summer. Anyone have recommendations on their favorite black eyed Susan cultivars?
|current photo of 'Goldsturm' as of January 31|