Posted on 30th Oct 2019
It's obvious how the plant got the common name of "coneflower," but one can't help but wonder if it came about partly because its scientific name, Echinacea, is hard to pronounce. Here's the scoop: the name derives from the ancient Greek prefix echino-, meaning spiny, and as with other such words (architect, ache, echo), the ch has a -k sound, so it's pronounced eck-in-eh-sha.
Whatever name you prefer, this North American native perennial is tough to beat for lots of colorful blooms in summer. It needs plenty of sun (6+ hrs/day) and soil that's never soggy or wet for very long, but if you can give it those things, it will give you boatloads of blooms in return. The flowers are excellent cut in a vase, and the plant will always make more to replace them.Now that you know how to pronounce it, you can impress friends and family by adding it to your garden.
This one looks like a mix, but it's one plant variety! The flowers go through multiple color transformations from the time they emerge, to when they are at peak, til the end. If you can't decide which color you want to add to your garden, this is a great one to start with!
Fleuroselect Gold Medal -- 2012
All America Selections -- 2013
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Oklahoma State University Top Performer -- 2012
University of Tennessee Top Performer -- 2012
When it’s an Acorus. Sure, it looks like a grass – it’s even earned the “grassy-leaved” moniker among sweet flag fans – but this is a plant all its own. It was gently evicted from the Arum family (home to Arisaema and calla lily), as it’s loathe to produce true spathes, and granted its very [...]
Delosperma cooperiHow strange to think that to fill a hot dry spot, you’d turn to the ice cold choice? Cooper’s hardy ice plant gets its name not from a penchant for chill but rather the luminous ice-like flecks decorating its sea-glass green succulent foliage. But the real deal with Delosperma cooperi is the intensity of its [...]
Finding the right plants to fill a shady spot can be tough, especially in dry shade. Fortunately, Carex pensylvanica solves the shade selection problem.Pennsylvania Sedge will handle a range of soil types and spreads slowly by rhizomes. As it spreads, it forms a green carpet with a soft, lush look. The slender foliage arches gracefully, and intricate [...]
The Proven Winners National Plant of the Year campaign seeks to highlight the best of the best from each collection. These are plants that have been carefully observed and chosen for their wide appeal. Selected for 2020 National Perennial of the Year honor is 'Denim n' Lace' Russian Sage.This compact Perovskia stays tidy in the [...]
It's because the tiny, shiny, black seeds of coreopsis look a bit like ticks. It's NOT because these beautiful plants attract or harbor the pesky buggers, or that ticks eat the seeds. Some plants really get a bum steer when it comes to common names! That's why we typically refer to these plants as coreopsis (pronounced core-ee-OP-sis) rather than [...]
"America's favorite daylily"That's what 'Stella d'Oro' daylily is known as, and for good reason. One of the first-ever reblooming dayliles (and one of the first dwarf varieties), Stella has become a garden classic in just a few decades on the market.Whether you are looking to add to an existing planting of 'Stella d'Oro' dayliles or [...]
There are multiple reasons why you might want to add fragrant plants to your garden. If you enjoy having pollinators in your garden, adding fragrant flowers is a great way to attract them, especially bees. While bees love a good fragrant flower, deer aren't enamored by fragrance and tend to keep their distance. It's not [...]
Lavender is easy to love, but hard to grow for some people - Phenomenal changes all that! Proven to be one of the toughest, most durable lavenders on the market, it exhibits better winter survival and better performance in difficult conditions, without skimping on the flowers and fragrance.Available in (20) count flats, bare root, and (10) count quart [...]
A beautiful, useful ground cover, it quickly forms a tight, low-growing carpet of green, and it's covered in really neat purple blooms in late spring.Purple mazus grows in sun to part shade (4-6 hours of sun or filtered light all day). It's not bothered by deer, rabbits, or other pests, and looks great even after [...]