Everyone knows that your plants will want some water and attention this summer. However, I'd like to introduce you to some rudbeckia varieties that are more tolerant of our summer conditions.
Most folks are familiar with the black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm,') a popular and sturdy plant that willingly tolerates poor conditions once established.
Another family member, R. lacinata, has a similar flower with a green central cone on a much taller stalk. I have had these cutleaf flowers in my yard for several years.