CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- For years, we had a bed of coneflowers that was stunning -- all bright pink, reseeding themselves throughout the yard. When the kids were small, the bed got out of hand and filled with weeds.
So that bed went the way of many of my early beds, to be tamed into another configuration that I could keep weed-free.
I miss those coneflowers. Some that reseeded in other beds are surviving nicely, but I was thinking about buying some new varieties to add back into the landscape.
According to a favorite website, www.douggreensgarden.com, the most popular and common species is Echinacea purpurea. But Doug recommends others and gives good advice:
"'White Star' is a pale white form. I've had this in the garden, and let me caution you not to let this plant self-sow. It does not breed true, so all offspring will revert darker and darker back to the specie's purple-pink. If you want more than one of this plant, you'll have to sow extra seed and grow them yourself. This plant is an easily started perennial, and if you start your own perennials, it will present no problems.
"'Magnus' is another seed-started cultivar making the rounds, and it has a slightly darker flower than the species. I like this one, but it too doesn't breed true -- at least it never did in my garden."
I've been searching out different cultivars, and so far I'm interested in 'Tomato Soup' (the name says it all), 'Echinacea Raspberry Truffle,' (double pink), 'Echinacea Summer Sun' (multicolored blooms), 'Green Jewel' (lime green), 'Pink Double Delight' (double bloom, highly fragrant), 'Green Envy' (pink and green in the same bloom) and 'Hot Papaya' (a double orange).
Anyone have luck with any of these or have any other suggestions?
Another color changing idea