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Coneflowers - a must for any garden

Coneflowers - a must for any garden

The exploding Coneflower craze means we are no longer limited to purple/pink flowers. Our palette of color has expanded thanks to world-wide breeders who in addition to flowers, have given us new flower forms, habits, heights and even expanded bloom times.

Echinacea or Coneflower is a perfect sun perennial for late summer color.  Striking, colorful daisies have a prominent central cone and are held high on sturdy stems. Lovely daisy flowers are now available in an ever expanding color range, heights, flower types and even bloom times. Cutting the flowers promotes new buds and new flowers for extended bloom time - plus they are delightful for cut flower bouquets.  Because coneflowers are native over a wide range of the country, they don't need as much water or coddling if sited correctly. Coneflowers provide nectar for pollinators and have the added benefit of producing seed for songbirds later in the season.
Why Root Size Matters
The plants you buy from Great Garden Plants are for the most part larger than other mail order companies.  Our1 qt pots have a massive root structure which means your plants will take off quickly & establish better in the your garden. Don't worry if the plants do not have much top growth when you first receive them.  Once the weather warms and your plants have had a chance to settle into their new environment they will start to really take off!  You'll be amazing at how many blooms you'll have the first year!
How to Plant/Grow Echinacea
Coneflowers love the sunny garden, but also perform well in partial shade. Echinacea's grow well in moderately fertile to humus rich soil with good drainage.  The one thing coneflowers detest is poorly drained soil, or constantly damp soil. 
Once established, they can tolerate drier areas of the garden.  It does take a couple of years to develop their thick tap root which  penetrates deep for moisture.  This makes coneflower an ideal plant for a drought tolerant garden or areas of water conservation.
Dig a hole about 12-18" inches deep in a sunny or part shaded location. Add peat moss to your planting area if needed.   Remove plant from pot and place in hole and fill in.  The top of the soil ball should be even with the soil line. Water well.  Give your perennial bed about 1 inch of water a week, particularly in newly planted areas.
Lightly top dress in  spring with a 12-12-12 fertilizer on a yearly basis.
Deadheading is beneficial for continual bloom.  You can leave the seed heads on at the end of the season which provide winter interest and are attractive to songbirds.
Echinacea Tips
Rabbits love coneflowers more than one can imagine.  Provide a cage (you can do this with chicken wire from a hardware store)  As the plants grow, you'll not notice the wire.
Buy In Bulk & Save
Our Money-Saving Collections are the real deal to stretch the dollar & have more plants.  Want a nice variety at a great price?  Check out our Coneflower Grab Bags