Echinacea or Coneflower is a member of the daisy family. Echinacea are erect, clump-forming rhizomatous perennials with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and solitary, long-stalked daisies with prominent conical central disks and often drooping ray florets; they provide the wow factor from July to Late September.
These deciduous perennials require full sun and well drained soil they are not soil specific and are very attractive to butterflies. They flower from June to September
This group of herbaceous plants have become more popular in the last couple of years with some great new varieties now available. The old favourites like angustifolia still have a valuable place in the herbaceous border.
Echinacea Hot Papaya: a breakthrough in Echinacea breeding, an astonishing orange that does not fade.
Echinacea Summer Sun: flowers open red-orange and lightens to a golden orange as the season progresses.
Echinacea Irresistible: As the name suggests this is a must have orange red double flower with dark green foliage.
Echinacea Summer Cocktail: The large daisy like flowers emerge a soft pale yellow darkening to soft dusty pink as they mature leaving a beautiful mix of colour on one plant all summer long.
Echinacea Eccentric: This unusual new Echinacea produces giant, crested blooms which open a beautiful rich red colour with hints of purple, gradually changing to burnt orange and scarlet shades at maturity. This fascinating effect creates a range of colours at any one time on the same plant.
Echinacea ‘Big Kahuna’: This is the newest and possibly the one with the biggest wow factor; masses of scented honey mango coloured flowers with a prominent red/brown cone, a must have plant for 20016
A wonderful group of late summer early autumn plants, The bright black eyed susan or cone flowers bring the border to a late sizzling climax. They work fantastically well in large containers on patios.
Rudbeckia fulgida Little Goldstar is a brand new compact variety The luminous yellow daisy-like flowers with great black centres sitting on top of stout branching stems, which rise above the bushy mounds of lush green foliage.
Rudbeckia ‘Summerina’ This new group of plants have three varieties Yellow, Brown and Orange they produce masses of stiff stemmed flower heads that will flower well into the autumn if they are dead headed regally they also benefit from regular feed of high potash.