Echinacea and Black-eyed Susans go so well together. They are supposed to be easy to grow, but so far, it hasn't been easy for me. We plant them almost every year, but they never come back like they are supposed to.
In the picture above, you can see my one pitiful echinacea plant and one Black-eyed Susans plant. They would not have been there except for the kindness of my friend, Steph, who shared her abundance.
I'm pretty sure that next year will be the one where we have a beautiful border of these late summer bloomers. I'm collecting the seed as they mature, and have a new place ready to plant them. Maybe they will like it. We will keep trying until we get it right.
In the meantime, we will just enjoy them in other places, like this roadside in Wayne County, Tennessee.