Say "Aloha" to Echinacea

By Susan Littlefield

Can't make it to Hawaii for a vacation this year? You can at least bring a little island color into your garden this year with the new hybrid coneflower 'Aloha'. Bred by Terra Nova Nurseries, this new Echinacea cultivar has wide, melon-yellow petals surrounding an orange cone, a blend of colors that can lend some tropical flair to your garden.

The fragrant, 4 1/2 inch wide flowers are borne on 2 1/2 foot tall and wide plants from summer to frost and will not only delight your eyes but attract bees and butterflies -- even feed the birds if you let some blossoms go to seed at the end of the season. 'Aloha' makes a lovely garden companion to garden phlox, bee balm, rudbeckia, and ornamental grasses, looks striking planted en masse, and is an excellent cut flower.

Adapted to Zones 4-9, like all coneflowers, 'Aloha' will do best in full sun. While plants will do best in soils with consistent moisture, their deep taproots enable them to weather dry spells well.

For more information on 'Aloha' echinacea, visit National Garden Bureau.

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