Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), those sun-loving summertime stalwarts that impart cottage charm to any garden, originated in a pretty purple hue. But the plant was so exceptional in habit and temperament, that it was only natural to create other colors.
Now, coneflowers are available in a range of eye-popping shades from fiery orange to gleaming white and creamy yellow. Which means that no matter your garden color scheme, there’s probably one that’ll fit right in. One of the least fussy, easiest to grow perennials, think of a spot in your garden that needs a shot in the arm, and there’ll be a perfect coneflower to bring it to life.
As that were not enough, they ‘re also a favorite of mid and last season pollinators. And, they make fabulous cut flowers. Here are a few to consider.
(Above): Large red-orange petals surround a brown central cone on these fragrant flowers. Thick stems provide a sturdy structure and make them ideal for cut flower arrangements. Zone: 4 – 9