Over the last few summers I’ve come to love Black-Eyed Susan Vine (Thunbergia alata). This easy to grow annual vine has wonderful tubular blooms in shades of orange and yellow that persist on the plant throughout the summer and into the fall. The “brown eye” or center of the bloom gives the flowers a very distinct look almost like that of a painting.
Black-Eyed Susan Vine prefers a sunny location and should be grown in a location where either it is supported so it will grow up (such as a trellis) or in a location where it can grown down (such as in a hanging basket or window box) to reach its full potential.
These fun, carefree plants will add color to your garden without needing much help from you! Definitely worth adding to your “to try list” next year! Often found as annuals in the garden center in the spring or start the from seed indoors.
Image copyright by J. Munshaw CLD 2013