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Coneflower Butterfly Kisses – Fragrant Perennial for Small Space Gardening

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses

Coneflower Butterfly Kisses is a perfect fit almost anywhere!

Butterfly Kisses Coneflower is packed with beautiful double pink pompom blooms on short stems.  The fact that it has smaller flowers than other coneflowers doesn’t faze me a bit since there are so many handsome long flowering blooms on short upright stems that are just the right height for small children to enjoy the lingering butterflies.

Coneflowers or Echinacea are easy to grow in sun to part shade providing mid-late summer color in the perennial garden.  Like most double flowering forms, they open single.  This one has a nice lime green center to it early on before becoming fully double pink.  Butterfly Kisses is from Arie Blom – a long time Coneflower breeder who has introduced some of the most garden worthy & colorful Echinacea over the years.  (See Double Coneflowers – Meet the Breeder)

Here are a few garden design ideas with this enchanting new FRAGRANT coneflower.

Foundation Planting.  If you have a few large shrubs around your foundation and this area is getting about 4 hours of sun, Butterfly Kisses would be a colorful foreground planting in front of a couple of Hydrangea Endless Summer.

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Pairing Tip: Pinks and Blues always look great!

Front of the border.  At only 12-15” tall it is ideal for the front of the border or use in very narrow border or where you might have limited space.

Containers.  There short, compact habit lends well to container planting.

Cheerful Neighbors:

There are lots of perennial combinations you could use.  Personally, I like pairing blues and pinks together.  Here are a few combination ideas:

Hardy from Zones 4-9, this Butterfly Kisses Echinacea deserves a place in any perennial garden.

Visit www.GreatGardenPlants.com for other terrific coneflowers.

Coral Bells – Growing Tips for Trendy Garden Plants

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Berry Smoothie Coral Bells growing in full sun in Michigan

I’m going to share with you a garden TIP on growing Heucheras  (Coral Bells) that has help me improve my success  growing this popular garden plant.

Ever since all those new foliage colors in Coral Bells have come out – I’ve been sucked into this coral bell craze.  The wide color range, neat habit and tiny spikes of flowers are perfect for tucking in borders, along pathways and containers.

But here are a few guidelines I’ve used in the past few years that have worked for me when deciding on what trendy foliage color to use and where I’m going to place it.

Plant in good, well drained soil where it will receive a minimum of 1″ water a week.

1)      Dark foliage types – are more sun tolerant.  Berry Smoothie Coral Bells is ravishing in this garden bed – soaking in the rays and looking brilliant.

Plant in:  full sun or morning shade and afternoon sun.

My experience with Obsidian and Midnight Rose is that the more sun it receives the more brilliant the color becomes

2)      Light foliage types – need protection from hot afternoon sun.  Even with that said, by August the foliage color

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(Berry Smoothie Coral Bells). DESIGN TIP: Adding a bright, cheery pop of foliage color adds season long interest to your perennial garden

will still fade.

Plant:  Morning sun, afternoon shade

You will have different results depending on what region of the country you are from, but for me in my Michigan garden, these simply guidelines really help me enjoy Heucheras even more.

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