Colorful New Coneflowers

This a selection of the colors the sun collection features

This is a selection of colors the sun collection features.

I am so impressed with the amount of blooms on this two year old Razzmatazz

I am so impressed with the amount of blooms on this two year old Razzmatazz.

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

This coneflower selection (Echinacea purpurea) has a much deeper color than the native species.

It is so much fun to see a great native have a new series of colors introduced for home landscapes. The new colors of coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) are simply amazing. There are deeper purples, sunrise and sunset colors, clearer whites, and amazing ones with double centers. Yet they are still easy to grow. So, if you can grow the native coneflower in your garden, you can grow these. Sun, organic, and well drained soil are they keys for the new selections to thrive.

My Kim’s Knee High purple has about 30 blooms on it now and has only been in the ground for two years. While they bloomed some the first year, this year all of the ones I have are putting on more blooms. I can tell you this, I lost some because I put them in a damp location (should have known better), so do not give them wet feet. I have fertilized my plants once this year with 15-0-15, as I did my whole flower border. Here is the bonus: As a cut flower, they can easily last a week indoors. So add this to your list of great, sunny, carefree perennials.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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