Rudbeckia 'Viette's Little Suzy' 14-30'
I've been looking for a smaller Black-eyed Susan with better habits than 'Goldsturm' and by Jove, I think I've found it! I ran a search and found Rudbeckia Viette's Little Suzy'. It grows 14 to 30" tall and has smaller leaves that won't soak up so much summer sun and wilt so easily as Goldsturm did in my garden.
The hybridizer is a local nurseryman by the name of Mark Viette so I visited his farm and talked to his staff. They told me he noticed the plant in their fields and watched its progress for six years to be sure it would retain the short quality and compactness. I purchased five and will let you know how well it grows.
You can run a search under the 'Viette's Little Suzy" name for more information. There were a number of nurseries who carry it.