Echinacea


An orange-inspired garden design with purple accents.

Click here to see the Pinterest board of the best orange varieties!

We’ve all got our favorite color, that one that just seems to “pop” for us more than all the others. For me, that color is orange; nothing seems quite so vibrant as a bright orange bloom on a sunny day. Whenever I come across a particularly beautiful orange specimen, I just think about how good it would look in a whole orange arrangement. That’s why I put together this garden design to serve as a planner for myself and the other orange-aholics out there.

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Year of the Echinacea

Year of the Echinacea


Posted on Feb 11, 2014 | 2 comments

The National Garden Bureau has declared 2014 the Year of the Echinacea, and I say it is about time! Echinacea is one of those rare perennials where the both the petals and the center of the flower are highly attractive, not to mention the fact that they are so easy to grow: these little troopers are so robust and healthy that they are about as close to invulnerable as a flower can get.

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Echinacea_cotton_candy
We were really pleased last year when our customers seemed to like the Echinacea ‘Coconut Lime’ as much as we did around here.  That’s a big part of why we’re really stoked to be offering the Echinacea ‘Cotton Candy’ this fall.  Cotton Candy is a real improvement over the popular Razzmatazz, with significantly larger blooms (at up to 4 inches, it’s the biggest double pom-pom we’ve seen).  Those big blooms come along with sturdier stems, and this coneflower stands up beautifully to inclement weather, keeping those beautiful blooms through wind and rain.  The superior size and sturdiness also means that Cotton Candy holds up even better in the vase.  If you keep cutting the flowers on this plant, it will keep giving you more to cut for months.

This Arie Blom creation starts as a small green center, and as it develops turns to one of the most vivid pinks I’ve ever seen on a flower (keeping a tiny green spot on top for much of its development).  Plant these stunning flowers next to Coconut Lime for a really interesting look in your sunny garden.

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