Berry Nice Coneflowers

Our 2+ year old clumps of Echinacea ‘Kismet Raspberry’ are truly stunning in the gardens this summer. The second image shows how we’ve used these as a color echo in the garden with a crape myrtle in the distance. Many of the new echinaceas are light years better than the early colored hybrids, which tended to be week growers and short-lived. Echinacea ‘Kismet Raspberry’ has impressed us so much that it will be available in the new Plant Delights catalog that will come out in a couple of weeks.

A Big Kahuna

Echinacea ‘Big Kahuna’ has turned into a wonderful beast in the garden. Here is our clump of this super vigorous selection this week as it enters its third year in the gardens at JLBG with no sign of slowing down. The fragrance is also amazing, as are the number of bees it attracts.

Echinacea ‘Big Kahuna’

Butterflies on Echinaceas

Echinacea purpurea kim's Knee High with yellow swallowtailThe butterflies are feasting on the echinaceas in the garden.  I just caught this Eastern tiger swallowtail sitting still this week.  You can bring amazing pollinators into your garden by planting lots of nectar-producing plants.

 

Incredible coneflowers

Echinacea Julia5

The echinaceas have been incredible in the garden this spring and summer.  Here are a few shots from JLBG last week.  First is Echinacea ‘Julia’…a very compact orange-flowered coneflower with sturdy stems.Echinacea Salsa Red8

Echinacea ‘Salsa Red’ is one of the most floriferous coneflowers we grow…truly amazing!

Echinacea Secret Glow5Echinacea ‘Secret Glow’…love this color and flower form!

 

Echinacea ‘Fatal Attraction’

Echinacea Fatal Attraction11

The coneflowers are looking so good in the garden now, I wish you could all see them.  Here’s Echinacea ‘Fatal Attraction’…great black-purple stems, a compact habit, and just an all around great plant.

Echinacea ‘Aloha’

Echinacea Aloha11

Here’s another coneflower that’s been a star in our trials…the creamy yellow-flowering Echinacea ‘Aloha’.  All of these I’ve shared have shown excellent vigor, good perennialization, and have sturdy stems.

Echinacea ‘Secret Glow’

Echinacea Secret Glow5

After last years’ performance, Echinacea ‘Secret Glow’ moved into our top tier of favorite coneflowers.  Again, this year, it’s a star in the garden as you can see here!

Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’

Echinacea Hot Papaya11

The hybrid coneflowers are making such an amazing show in the garden now, we just had to share.  Here is Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’...part of a stunning 3′ tall, five year old clump.  They key to growing echinaceas is to plant them in well-drained soil, and do so before September.  It’s also very important to cut the flowers off before they bloom and until they get well established.