Big, pretty flowers, tough and hardy, perennial, and flowers in August when there’s a bit of a lull in the perennial border, it’s hard to beat coneflowers for a fuss-free late summer charmer. From the original purple classic have come hundreds of stellar hybrids expanding the range of colors to virtually the entire rainbow. Here are a few we recommend for their distinct colors and appeal to summer and late-season pollinators.
(Above is Ruby Star coneflower which has extra-big flowers…and a couple of awards, too. )
Remember to deadhead after the main event in August-September to encourage flowering into the autumn.
GLEAMING AND GLOWING
SUNNY AND HAPPY
WARM AND MELLOW
Why not plant something now that flows into fall’s deep, rich, harvest colors? While brown or pale melon might not might be your first thought when designing a border or a container, the sumptuousness of these velvet-hues creates a sophistication that’s pretty enviable.
BOLD AND BRIGHT
- Provide average, well-drained soil.
- Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system.
- Reduce frequency once established; tolerates mild dry spells.
- Clip spent flowers to promote repeat bloom.
- Cut back in fall after frost, or leave dried seed heads through winter.
- Prune any old foliage and fertilize in before new growth begins in spring.