The Black-Eyed Susan Log Cabin

The soft yellow flowers of the hybrid Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’  is worth the buy. I grew this plant and sadly left it  at my former gardens. It’s an annual in my area but it has a show of soft buttery flowers all summer. It grew equally well in the garden or container. Here you see it with the black leaves making a monochromatic statement with the Black-eyed Susans Rudbekia hecti ‘Summer Soltice’. Summer Soltice is another winner in my book! They are Proven Winners plants.

I took these pictures at the Azalea Garden Inn of Blowing Rock, NC just this past summer.

Jimmie Knoll and her husband are owners of the Inn. Jimmie does all this herself. She is a delightful person and I highly recommend you go visit. They are suppose to get a web address soon and I will let you know right away. This little log cabin sits right in the middle of the property. If you would like to see more, you can visit my sidebar under Blowing Rock.

Jimmie has several Black-eyed Susan varieties and they all look warm, sunny, and inviting. I do love a mass planting of one color and she does that so well.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I love black eyed susan’s, I never have much luck with them though….I’m a susan killer! 🙂
    ! Maybe it’s something about our weather here in NC. They grow like weeds.


  2. Dee says:

    Anna, that was a feast for the senses. Thank you so much for introducing me to that Dahlia. It’s one I’d like to plant.~~Dee

    I really was happy with it and I think it is perennial in you zone. I’m going to use it down near the shed. Black-Eyed Susans and shed just go hand in hand.


  3. Cindy says:

    What a nice splash of sunshine! What fond memories you must have of the Inn, it looks so inviting.

    The rooms are all non-smoking, clean, have their own bath and are all decorated in a different gardening theme. It is done tastefully. You can also have the one bedroom log cabin. It has a loft bedroom.


  4. Wanita says:

    I love the pictures of the blackeyed Susans. When my girls were little, my husband used to take them to pick bouquets of the wild blackeyed susans that grew near our home in upstate NY. Needless to say, I now have them growing in my garden.


    I think they are just about the happiest faces in the garden. I was looking at them cause I’m starting my list of yellow plants for the new house. I plant in masses of color but not always the same plant but I believe I’ll be repeating these.


  5. Gail says:

    I have the best memories of Blowing Rock! A charming village and the drive on the Parkway is worth the trip from Nashville! Looking at her gardens reminds me that full sun really does bring out the best in The Susans! gail

    They are must haves! I am so exhausted from this wonderful weekend with my kiddos. I guess I’ll get back to planning next year’s garden some time after Thanksgiving. I need to go back up to Blowing Rock too—-it is grand isn’t it? They were working on the parkway this past summer and you had to by-pass through Blowing Rock. I bet the businesses liked that.


  6. Phillip says:

    Always liked this plant Anna and your post is a splash of welcome sunshine on a very overcast day here in the UK.
    I was thinking the same thing when I posted the pics. I was looking for some inspiration pics and plants for my list of must haves–and when I came across all these yellows….I just knew I had to post them.


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