On Thursday, July 9, I added several of these bright orange coneflowers to my back garden.
I am not sure what the variety is. When they first open, they are a true orange, but some seeme to be getting darker red orange and some even seem to be ruffling in the center.
When possible, I am planting them near blues. Today, July 12, 2015, I have added a couple of pots of Blue Autumn Asters.
“Aster Blue Autumn, Aster ‘Blue Autumn’ PPAF, is covered with hundreds of daisy-like deep blue flowers with bright yellow centers that put on a spectacular show late summer through fall.
“The healthy dark green foliage of ‘Blue Autumn’ PPAF has a 18” compact mounding habit and is very resistant to mildew.
“You can always count on your Asters to put on a delightful, refreshing show every autumn and attracts butterflies!
“Aster ‘Blue Autumn’ is a rather new hybrid touting resistance to mildew. Great for summer color in beds, borders or containers, it produces excellent cut flowers.
“To increase bloom time, deadhead after the first initial flowering. Asters will do best in a full sun area with morning shade and well-drained soil. It should not stay wet while in dormancy.
“Divide this aster every other year for best results.”
I am not sure, but I think that this little Rudbeckia is Goldilocks. I found a great buy on them and bought several. I don’t like this variety as much as the old, leggy almost wild rudbeckia; and I have serious doubts about its returning next year. It looks like a hirta rudbeckia, which do not return in my garden.
Pink Pow Wow Coneflower Wild Berry.
“Pow Wow Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.” http://www.highcountrygardens.com/perennial-plants/echinacea/echinacea-purpurea-pow-wow-wild-berry
“Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants rebloom well without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance. ‘PowWow Wild Berry’ may be grown from seed, with flowers appearing in the first year about 20 weeks after sowing. In colder climates, start seed indoors in late January.
“POWWOW WILD BERRY is a purple coneflower that features large, deep rose-purple flowers in a floriferous bloom from late spring to late summer, sometimes with additional sporadic bloom until frost. It typically grows in an upright clump to 2-3′ tall and to 1-1.5′ wide on sturdy, well-branched stems that do not need staking. Each flower (to 3-4” diameter) features downward-arching, overlapping, deep rose-purple rays which encircle a large orange-brown center cone. Narrow-ovate leaves (to 6” long) are medium green. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter, and if flower heads are not removed, the blackened cones may be visited by goldfinches or other birds that feed on the seeds. Echinacea comes from the Greek wordechinos meaning hedgehog in reference to the spiny center cone found on most flowers in the genus. POWWOW WILD BERRY is a 2010 All-America Selection (AAS) winner.”
I’ve also added 3 paniculata hydrangeas, Sweet Summer.
Although some paniculatas reach massive heights, sweet summer should only reach a height of 4′ or 5′.