Celebrating Echinaceas!

By dave
August 15, 2015

We open the Echinaceas Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Aug 15, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
Hummingbirder Garden Ideas: Master Level
Why is it best not to let the coneflowers bloom the first year? I have never heard that and always let mine do as they wish. There are certainly some lovely ones here. These plants are so expensive. Most of them that I have found to order these beautiful colors are 19.99/plant. That is kind of pricey for me. Maybe I'm a cheap skate, but it is. And for some reason, nothing much but the old fashioned purple ones make it through the winter here for me, no matter how I baby them and to me, that is an expensive annual. Another thing I love and I have a lot of trouble getting to live, is that butter yellow Shasta Daisy, they are so pretty and will grow good for a while, then, just as mine just has, they will just suddenly die! :0(
The Hooterville Hillbilly @ Hummingbird Hill
Aug 15, 2015 9:16 PM CST
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
Bookworm Snakes Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Heucheras Echinacea
Hellebores Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hostas Region: New Jersey Ferns
If you let them put their effort into root development instead of flowers they are much more likely to overwinter. Winter wetness and poor drainage do them in. I also do not plant after July. I have had much better luck with them since reading this article and following what it says. I now have many plants for over 5 years.
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