I've wanted to grow rudbeckia maxima for a couple years, for the height as much as the cool name. That's it in the middle of the photo above. I saw a couple member-grown pots of it at my garden club's plant sale last year so I bought them all. They stayed small last year and were overgrown by the asters and other tall perennials in this bed. I kind of forgot about them and figured they were goners after the green wave engulfed them. I was happy to see them come back strong this year. There are a few in this bed but one has ambition to live up to its name.
Close-up of the maxima at eye-level.
It looks great with the 'Raspberry Delight' monarda. Maybe the other rudbeckia maximas will poke their heads up high next year and make a show of it.