at your local garden center right now just waiting for
adoption is one of the most easily grown perennials, the
lanceleaf coreopsis known botanically as Coreopsis
lanceolata. You might be thinking, "Just how easy
is it to grow?" Would you believe it is so easy it
is native to all but 7 of the lower 48 states? This
means you can grow it, too!
only is it easy to find and grow, but there are also
named selections out their like Baby Sun. These plants
offer brilliant golden-yellow flowers borne on
2-foot-long stems that not only dazzle with color but
bring in butterflies and other pollinators, making it a
fun plant to experience. If that weren’t enough, it
will return faithfully for years to come.
are growing ours in a large sweep or drift in the Rain
Garden of the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens,
Savannah, Ga. The garden has become one of my favorite
wildlife watching areas. The clumps are about 18 inches
wide and tall, drought-tolerant and tough as nails,
getting little to no attention from us other than some
effort to keep unwanted weeds in check. This truly is
one of the best perennials for the beginning gardener,
guaranteeing a green thumb.
a site in full sun for optimal growth, although I’ll
admit to having seen incredibly showy displays in
morning sun and afternoon shade. The only mandatory
requirement for growth is well-drained soil. In some
regions of the country it is called sand coreopsis.
Though high fertility is not necessary, if drainage is
suspect, improve the soil by incorporating 3 to 4 inches
of organic matter, tilling to a depth of 8 to 10 inches.
out nursery-grown transplants in early spring at the
same depth they were growing in the container, spacing
plants 12 to 15 inches apart. Seeding is also possible
with blooms normally occurring in the first year. There
is one little aspect you need to know, but it is very
important. The common name for this beautiful flower is
tickseed. What a horrible injustice done to such a great
perennial. "Tick" anything would drive many
beginner gardeners away; you can relax knowing that it
gets this name from the shape of the seeds.
key cultural technique with coreopsis is to remove old
flowers, as this keeps the plant tidy and the blooms
producing, sometimes into fall. This coreopsis probably
will need dividing by the third year to keep the quality
of the plant at its best. Clumps may be divided in
spring or fall.