Stephanie’s Coneflowers – FineGardening

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My name is Stephanie Stewart, and I live in Averill Park, New York.

Lately I’ve seen a lot about coneflowers (Echinacea species and hybrids, Zones 4–9) and I’m not surprised! They add color and texture and height to my gardens—and they are so easy to care for. Mine range in color from whites, to pinks, to neon orange and reds. Heights range from 8 inches to 36 inches.

I started buying coneflowers a few years ago after reading about them in Bagicha Bazaar and have added a couple more each year.

Butterflies and bees love them, and so do I.

mix of various colored coneflowersThis looks to be ‘Cheyenne Spirit’, which boasts a great mix of colors on healthy, long-lived plants. And as you can see in this photo, the bees enjoy them as well.

close up of bright pink coneflowersThat’s an incredibly rich, saturated pink on this coneflower.

close up of classic purple coneflowerThe classic, original Echinacea purpurea is still a beautiful plant well worth growing despite all the new hybrids in other colors.

hybrid coneflower with pink/orange flowersHybrids between pink Echinacea purpurea and the yellow Echinacea paradoxa allowed for the development of all these new varieties with brilliant colors.

close up of coneflowers with petals starting to unfurlIt’s beautiful to see how the look of the flower changes as the petals fully unfurl and open up.

close up of tall pink coneflowersMany new selections of coneflowers are shorter, but taller forms like this add great presence to the garden.

close up of light pink coneflowerA perfect pink coneflower

 

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