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Best Annual Flowers For Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetables love flowers. Aside from adding a splash of color, annual flowers planted in and near vegetable gardens and fruit plantings help bring pollinators and other beneficial insects into the garden that will protect and increase your crops. 

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-Eyed Susans)

Rudbeckia hirta, commonly known as Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy or Yellow Oxeye Daisy is a cheerful, widespread prairie plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is renowned for its showy golden, orange or bicolor flowers, adorned with up to 8-20 rays and dark chocolate, dome-shaped cones. Blanketing the landscape with its dazzling bright blossoms for months, it is ridiculously easy to grow and largely trouble free.

Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

Providing fantastic warm colors in the late summer garden, Rudbeckia fulgida are herbaceous perennial boasting golden yellow flowers with prominent, brown or black central cones. Blooming profusely from mid-summer through early fall, they are borne atop sturdy stems and literally cover the foliage of lance-shaped, deep green leaves.

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