A Wild Garden

One of my favorite flowers in the garden is a plant that some might mistake for a weed: Annual fleabane. Now, a fleabane doesn’t sound like much, but I love this plant, and each year I am excited to see where it will grow – a spot in a garden bed? The lawn? A planter? Anywhere? It is all ok with me.

Annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), two self-seeding annuals, brightening up the evening. Black-eyed Susans self-seed like crazy and are regularly “edited.”

Annual Fleabane is a graceful, 3 to 4 foot tall plant that blooms from early June through much of the summer, with little white daisy-like flowers. They are bright and cheerful during the day and seem to glow at dusk. And on an evening (even if I am just taking out the compost), when I pass through the annual…

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