female Eastern Tiger swallowtail finds Orange You
Awesome echinacea to be the perfect feast.
You Awesome made its debut in 2019, and I can truthfully
say, it is, indeed. This is one of the new color-coded
groups of echinacea from Proven Winners and it has
captured this gardenerís heart. The other selection is
Yellow My Darling.
You Awesome has performed like a champion all summer,
and now, as we enter August, it is still performing
magnificently. It reached almost 2 feet in height and
produces flowers described as tangerine with a red halo
around the cone. I am an orange color lover and this has
fulfilled all my dreams in a coneflower. Orange You
Awesome, has been a hit with pollinators, too. The best
show was when the green metallic bees visited but the
gray hairstreaks, and now, swallowtails also are finding
it a tasty treat.
Darling, is just as the name suggests, a rich yellow,
also reaching about 2 feet tall and packed with flowers.
I am growing it in front of Blue Boa Agastache or
hummingbird mint. It, too, has brought in its fair share
of pollinators; hopefully, it will be a non-stop bloomer
think that the echinacea is purple to hot pink, well it
is, but something awesome has happened in the world of
purple coneflowers, and that is science. It is
wonderful, complicated science, when it comes to
breeding. There were crosses, back-crosses, three-way
crosses, and more.
result is our native coneflower species has simply
gotten better; we have more colors, flowers, and habits
to incorporate in our gardens. Your designs will be more
intriguing, colorful, and will bring in so many
pollinators, it will appear it was specifically done at
their behest. The color-coded series is one of the best.
spring is still my favorite time to plant purple
coneflowers. Select healthy growing transplants not yet
in flower. These are the ones that are still producing
roots and green leaves. But to be honest, the industry
has changed and offers healthy blooming, vibrant
transplants all season.
you decide to plant, choose a site in full sun for best
flower performance. The soil does not need to be
luxuriantly fertile; on the other hand, if it takes a
pickaxe or a jackhammer to break apart, plan on
incorporating 3- to -4-inches of organic matter. While
tilling, work in two pounds of a slow-release 12-6-6
fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed space. Space your
color-coded echinacea plants 10- to -20-inches apart in
an informal drift or sweep. If you have the mucky soil,
consider planting on raised beds using a prepared
partnership-planting opportunities with these new
echinacea plants are unlimited. In addition to Blue Boa
Agastache, I have mine partnered with catmint, blue
salvias, and perennial hibiscus. Youíll love them in
informal sweeps or drifts with rudbeckias or gloriosa
daisies like Prairie Sun or Indian Summer. They also
look natural in prairie-like companions with ornamental
grasses swaying in the breeze.
coneflowers still come in purple and they will always be
recommended. Keep your eyes open, however, for the new
Orange You Awesome and Yellow My Darling plants. They
bring both beauty and fun to the garden.