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Echinacea

Coneflower

Notable for a dashing display of bold, daisy-like cut flowers and an easy-to-get-along-with personality, Echinacea is favored by beginning and experienced gardeners for its colorful yet indestructible nature. Sculpted with prominent raised central cones, the hefty flower heads of this summer-blooming perennial are lifted above the greenery on sturdy stems, which are firm enough to hold them without staking. Native to the eastern and central U.S., the dark green, lanceolate leaves are reminiscent of a close relative, Rudbeckia. Perfect in a perennial border or peppered throughout a meadow garden, Coneflower’s erect stalks complement the more relaxed look of other plants.

<i>Echinacea Big Sky™</i> ‘Sundown’

(Evan Saul)

One of the celebrated stars from Richard Saul’s highly touted Big Sky breeding program in Atlanta, Georgia, ‘Sundown’ colors the landscape with blazing intensity. Vibrant, nearly iridescent pinkish orange petals bend back and overlap one another as they swirl around a pronounced chocolate-brown hub. A cross between purpurea and paradoxa, this Echinacea is not only a flamboyant, sweetly fragrant beauty, but a stocky workhorse delivering vigorous, multibranched stems and broad dark green foliage. (PPAF)

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

More composed than our other Big Sky offering, but just as reliable, this cultivar serves up illuminated butter yellow blooms that soothe the colorful chaos of the summertime border. Subtly toothed, tasteful foliage defines a full, leafy footing for the ample-sized blooms, which emit a roselike scent while their raised greenish centers mature with golden highlights. (pp#16235)

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Echinacea</i> ‘Harvest Moon™’

“Echinacea” is derived from the greek word for hedgehog and this Echinacea’s pronounced rusty orange cones remind us of the little critter’s spiky fur. Lax, loosely arranged and luminous, the perfumed, overlapping golden yellow rays span 4 in. across and are resilient, even during the worst summer heat. Another prized Richard Saul introduction, ‘Harvest Moon’s extra long lasting, autumn-hued flowers are bolstered by abundantly branched staunch stems and a good-looking, compact leafy base. (pp#17652)

Blooms late July – September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Echinacea pallida (P-1108)

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AVAILABLE MID-SEPTEMBER 2020

<i>Echinacea pallida</i>

Offering a uniquely different floral presentation, this Echinacea’s large blooms consist of ethereally rayed, pale pink to purple petals delicately draped from a coppery orange center. Narrow, toothless olive-green leaves clothe strong stems beneath the perfect-for-cutting flowers. E. pallida’s staunch adaptable habit can be naturalized en masse, sprinkled in a cottage garden or added to a butterfly planting.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Kims Knee High’ (P-2037)

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AVAILABLE LATE SEPTEMBER 2020

<i>Echinacea purpurea</i> ‘Kims Knee High’

Developed by Niche Garden’s founder, Kim Hawks, this long-blooming pint-sized Echinacea is an entire foot shorter than its native American counterpart. A steadfast foundation of stiff stems clad in dapper coarsely toothed dark greenery shoulders the prismatic purplish pink daisies, each hosting gracefully pendent petals plus a nearly iridescent copper-orange pincushion center. Unrivaled for the border’s forefront, space-shy gardens or containers, ‘Kim’s Knee High’s reliable mettle never encroaches on her neighbors, delivers flowers all summer long and nourishes goldfinches with tasty seed heads. (pp#12,242)

Blooms July–September

Size: 15" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’ (P-1957)

Each $8.25

AVAILABLE LATE SEPTEMBER 2020

<i>Echinacea purpurea</i> ‘Magnus Superior’

More than 30 years after Jelitto Seeds introduced ‘Magnus’, the same well-regarded company has now released a new version, which they say is vastly superior to the original cultivar. ‘Magnus Superior’ is rapidly gaining recognition with its deeper lavender-hued horizontal rays, larger radiant orange and penny-colored cones, plus firm dark stems and overall heartier constitution. Though ‘Magnus’ has enjoyed award-winning celebrity status for years and is considered by many to be the best cultivated Echinacea in the trade, this new kid on the block deserves a prime spot either in a border, naturalized area or wildflower garden where he can prove his worth.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

If you’re looking for a new Echinacea that possesses plenty of fortitude, you’ll definitely want to consider this floriferous beauty. Dressed in dazzling watermelon pink shades, uniquely slender petals, featuring upturned margins, are widely spaced and extend horizontally from large nearly iridescent orange-bronze cones that goldfinches love to visit.

Distinctive among Echinaceas for its fine-textured floral parade, ‘Pica Bella’ stands strong on compact brawny stalks clothed with toothed tapering green leaves.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Echinacea purpurea</i> ‘White Swan’

Regal as the name implies, large, pure white flowers crest branching, stalwart stems cloaked in handsome dark green foliage. Broad and slightly reflexed, the bright petals achieve a stunning contrast as they skirt each golden brown boss. With an upright stance, ‘White Swan’ looks simply elegant in the company of Monarda ‘Grand Marshall’ and a dark red Sanguisorba

Blooms late July–September

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Colored in rich, deep pink hues, the widely spaced, thin rays of this distinctive long bloomer turn upward and follow the sun throughout the day. While its flowers are a departure from the more typically reflexed Echinacea petals, its narrow, medium green leaf mass is somewhat shorter than other genus members.

Closely related to the endangered species that thrives in the cedar glades of central Tennessee, this exciting selection comes to us from Germany’s Jelitto Seeds. ‘Rocky Top Hybrids’ is well-suited for the border or a more untamed setting amidst a stand of Deschampsia and Panicum.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

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with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

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