The Top 7 Varieties of Coneflowers You Should Know About

The Top 7 Varieties of Coneflowers You Should Know About

When it comes to adding a pop of color to your garden, coneflowers are always a great choice. These native American plants offer a stunning display of blossoms in the spring and summer, making them a favorite among garden enthusiasts. With their vibrant colors and tall, reflexed petals, coneflowers add a touch of beauty to any landscape.

There are seven Echinacea varieties that stand out from the rest. One of the most popular is the Echinacea purpurea, also known as the Purple Coneflower. This variety is widely available in the market and is loved for its bright pinkish-purple blossoms.

If you’re looking to add some diversity to your garden, you might want to try the Sombrero series. These coneflowers come in a range of colors, from bright oranges and yellows to pale pinks. With their large, reflexed petals, Sombrero coneflowers are sure to give your garden a vibrant and colorful look.

If you’re a fan of the Echinacea paradoxa, or Yellow Coneflower, you’ll be happy to know that there are other yellow varieties to choose from as well. The Kismet series, for example, offers a stunning selection of yellow coneflowers that are sure to brighten up any garden.

For those who are more into the native Echinacea varieties, the Almanac series is a great option. These coneflowers are bred to be true to their native ancestors and offer a wide range of colors, from deep purples to pale pinks. If you want to add a touch of America to your garden, the Almanac series is the way to go.

No matter which echinacea variety you choose, you can always rely on their many benefits. These plants attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, making them a valuable addition to any garden. Plus, coneflowers are known for their medicinal properties and have long been used in traditional herbal medicine.

So next time you’re planning to plant some coneflowers in your garden, remember the wisdom that these plants have to offer. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of the Sombrero series or the native beauty of the Almanac series, there’s always a coneflower to suit your taste.

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Purple Coneflower Is A Colorful Garden Favorite That Isn’t Very Purple

The Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a popular choice for garden enthusiasts due to its colorful blooms. Despite its name, this flower isn’t actually very purple. In fact, it can range in color from pink to pale purple, and sometimes even yellow.

Native to North America, the Purple Coneflower has been a favorite among gardeners for centuries. Native American tribes have long valued its medicinal properties and used it for various purposes. Today, it is still considered a valuable herb and is often added to natural remedies.

One of the reasons why echinaceas, including the Purple Coneflower, are a favorite among gardeners is their resilience and ability to attract pollinators. These flowers are a reliable source of food for bees and butterflies, making them a valuable addition to any garden.

While the Purple Coneflower is a beautiful choice on its own, there are also hybrid varieties available in the market. These hybrids, such as the Sombrero series, offer a wider range of colors and flower sizes. They can reach up to 24 inches in height and are a great option for adding diversity to your garden.

Echinacea Variety Color Height
Echinacea purpurea Pink to pale purple Up to 36 inches
Echinacea pallida Pale pink Up to 40 inches
Echinacea reflexa Reflexed pale purple Up to 30 inches

When choosing echinaceas for your garden, it’s best to consider the overall color scheme you wish to achieve. The Purple Coneflower may not be very purple, but it can still complement other flowers beautifully. Its vibrant blooms can add a pop of color and attract pollinators, making it a valuable addition to any garden.

So, even though the Purple Coneflower isn’t as purple as its name suggests, it is still a favorite among gardeners for its colorful and diverse blooms. Whether you choose the native species or opt for hybrid varieties, coneflowers can be a wonderful addition to your garden.

Try Coneflowers In A Range Of Colors

If you are a fan of coneflowers, then you’ll be glad to know that they come in a wide range of colors. From the traditional purple to the more colorful hybrids, there is a coneflower color to suit every garden.

When choosing coneflower varieties, it’s always best to revert back to native sources. Native varieties, like Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea pallida, have been growing in North America for centuries and have adapted to the local climate and conditions. They are also a favorite among pollinators, offering them a valuable source of food and shelter.

Echinacea purpurea is the most common coneflower variety found in gardens. It features large, reflexed petals in shades of purple, pink, and white. With its tall stems that can reach up to 3 feet in height, Echinacea purpurea adds a pop of color to any garden. It is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and requires full sun to thrive.

If you’re looking for something a little different, you can try some of the newer coneflower hybrids that have been made in laboratories. These hybrids offer a wider range of colors, from pale pink to bright orange. They are often sterile, meaning they don’t produce pollen, so they won’t self-seed and spread throughout your garden.

Variety Color Pros
Echinacea purpurea Purple, pink, white Native, easy to grow, attracts pollinators
Echinacea pallida Pale pink, white Native, easy to care for, drought tolerant
New hybrids Various colors Colorful, long-blooming, don’t self-seed

No matter what color you choose, coneflowers are a beautiful addition to any garden. Their vibrant blossoms bring joy and color to even the quietest of gardens. So why not give them a try this summer? Plant them in full sun, provide them with regular care, and watch as they grow and thrive.

With coneflowers, it isn’t always about the bright and showy colors. The subtler shades can be just as stunning. So if you’re looking for a coneflower that stands out from the crowd, try Echinacea pallida. Its pale pink and white flowers are a refreshing change from the typical purple coneflowers.

So whether you choose a native variety or one of the new hybrids, coneflowers are sure to add a splash of color to your garden. Their long-blooming nature and ability to attract pollinators make them a must-have for any garden enthusiast.

What To Plant With Coneflowers

When it comes to planting coneflowers in your garden, there are many great companion plants to consider. These plants can complement the coneflowers’ vibrant colors, attract beneficial pollinators, and add variety and interest to your garden. Here are some suggestions for what to plant with coneflowers:

Native Plants: One of the best choices for planting with coneflowers is other native plants. Native plants are well adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, making them more likely to thrive alongside coneflowers. Additionally, planting native plants helps support local ecosystems and provides habitat for native wildlife.

Perennial Flowers: Perennial flowers are a great choice for planting with coneflowers because they come back year after year, providing a consistent source of color in your garden. Some perennial flowers that pair well with coneflowers include black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), lavender (Lavandula), and salvia (Salvia).

Grasses: Ornamental grasses can provide a beautiful backdrop to coneflowers. Their tall, wispy blades create an airy feel in the garden, and their muted colors help showcase the vibrant hues of the coneflower blossoms. Consider planting varieties such as switchgrass (Panicum), feather reed grass (Calamagrostis), or fountain grass (Pennisetum).

Annual Flowers: If you’re looking to add some quick color to your garden, annual flowers are a great option. These flowers only last for one season but offer a wide range of colors and bloom shapes. Some annual flowers that pair well with coneflowers include marigolds (Tagetes), zinnias (Zinnia), and petunias (Petunia).

Herbs: Planting herbs alongside your coneflowers can not only add beauty and variety to your garden but also serve a practical purpose. Many herbs, such as basil, rosemary, and thyme, are known for their aromatic foliage, which can help deter pests and attract beneficial insects.

When choosing companion plants for your coneflowers, consider the height, bloom time, and color of each plant to ensure they complement rather than compete with one another. Additionally, providing a range of flower colors can attract a greater variety of pollinators to your garden.

In conclusion, there are many great plants to choose from when planting with coneflowers. Whether you prefer native plants, perennials, grasses, annuals, or herbs, there is a wide range of options to add color, interest, and pollinators to your garden. Experiment with different combinations and see which ones work best for you. Happy gardening!

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.