Coneflowers (Echinacea) have always been beautiful, easy-care additions to the perennial garden. But in the last few years breeders have given us all sorts of new choices in flower color, form and height for this old standby.
An exciting newcomer to the clan is Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine' from Wayside Gardens. Think bright sunshine on a Hawaiian beach and you'll have an idea of the glorious color of its large, daisy-like blooms. This 2010 introduction sports brilliant golden yellow petals surrounding a prominent orange-amber central cone on a 4' tall and 3' wide mounded plant. Blooming profusely from midsummer to early fall, this cultivar sets multiple flowers on each stem. It makes a great cut flower and will attract butterflies and bees. Foraging songbirds will visit if you let some of the flowers go to seed.
Hardy in Zone 4-9, 'Maui Sunshine' does best in full sun, but is tolerant of many soils as long as they have good drainage, is not prone to pests or disease, and is usually left alone by deer. Daylilies, Russian sage, sea holly, garden phlox, balloon flower and globe thistle would all make nice garden companions.
For more information on Echinacea 'Maui Sunshine', go to: Wayside Gardens .
Article published on May 13, 2010.