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As I was doing a late season nursery trip last week I came across Rudbeckia laciniata ‘Una Belle’ which took me by complete surprise. The sheer height and scale of this perennial make it stand out. We tend to use Rudbeckia as a low maintenance fail-proof perennial that gives a golden punch of color in mid to late summer, but this cultivar of the Asteraceae family adds height to the garden as it grows up to 6′ tall.

Just Behind the Table and Cart in the Foreground Stands the Towering Rudbeckia laciniata 'Una Belle'

Rudbeckia laciniata, commonly referred to as Cutleaf Coneflower (not to be confused with Echinacea) is hardy to USDA zone 3. It is covered with golden-yellow flowers typical of a Black-eyed Susan in late summer to early fall. It prefers a sunny and well-drained location in the garden. Can you imagine a huge patch of this surrounded by mounds of ornamental grasses? This plant can absolutely revitalize your garden in late summer when everything else is looking a little crispy and faded. Think big scale with this one. It isn’t a plant for the small container garden.

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Considering the fact that all ornamental plant species in this intimate beach community floated over the Great South Bay on a barge or ferry to settle into their new homes, Fire Island Pines features some stunning private gardens. One of my favorites sits at the corner of Ocean and Tarpon Walk. This floriferous garden is filled with a divine mixture of perennials which saturate the front of the house with a bouquet of living color all summer long.

Fire Island Garden at Ocean and Tarpon Walk

Velvety Gladiolas in deep magenta mixed with a top performing annual, Verbena bonariensis, was a successful and unusual combination I found in the garden this past weekend. Patches of Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage), Cotinus coggygria (Smokebush), Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan), Monarda didyma (Bee Balm) and Buddleia davidii (Butterfly Bush) grace this garden with a rainbow of hues.

A Bouquet of Living Color

Deer Fences are Necessary for Any Garden on Fire Island

Complete with a separate rose garden and deer fence to keep out hungry critters, this garden is a labor of love. It is well worth a trip to walk by this garden throughout the season to see what’s in bloom. The house and the owners are just as beautiful as this patch of land they curate.

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