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.