Lower South

June, 2004
Regional Report

Web Finds

Planting on Your Septic Drain Field
Gardeners with a septic drain field on the property will find this Web site, Planting on Your Septic Drain Field, a helpful reference in landscaping the area over the field. The site provides information on suggested plants, dealing with invasive tree roots, and issues related to vegetable gardens.

Favorite or New Plant

Black-Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia fulgida) are among the toughest, most beautiful perennials for our central Texas gardens. Their 3-inch-wide, golden, daisy-like blooms rise 2 feet above the basal rosette of foliage. Black-eyed Susans bloom up a storm in early to midsummer and then flower sporadically into the early fall. 'Goldsturm' (R. fulgida var. sullivantii) is a readily available variety that was Perennial Plant of the Year in 1999. Rudbeckia blooms attract butterflies and make great cut flowers. A related species -- Rudbeckia hirta, also called black-eyed Susan or gloriosa daisy -- is a biennial or short-lived perennial. It comes in many varieties, some sporting blooms up to 5 to 6 inches across.

GardeningwithKids.org Catalog

Special Report - Garden to Table

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