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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.

Echinacea Butterfly Kisses_collage

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.

3 Ways to Use Coreopsis in your Garden Design

Cosmic Eye Coreopsis blends well with this red flowering Astilbe

Cosmic Eye Coreopsis blends well with red flowering Astilbe

Coreopsis Full Moon

Yellow flowering Full Moon Coreopsis  is paired with a red/yellow Achillea (Yarrow)

Moonbeam Coreopsis makes an ideal foreground planting to Banana Cream Shasta Daisy

Coreopsis is a cheerful drought proof garden plant that provides nonstop blooms in the summer garden. These easy to grow clump forming perennials have daisy-like flowers held on upright stems and are impressively heat tolerant.

Here are some ways to use Coreopsis in your garden.

Moonbeam Coreopsis  makes an ideal foreground plant in the garden when paired with Leucanthemum Banana Cream. This new shasta daisy colors echos the butter yellow blooms of Moonbeam.

Full Moon and Cosmic Eye Coreopsis benefit from a deep color such as red Achilleas and Astilbe.

Other plant combinations to consider: Autumn Joy Sedum, Knock Out Roses or Midnight Rose Heuchera.  These are just a few pairing ideas to get you started with easy to grow Coreopsis.  This week our summer temperatures are soaring in the 90’s and the Coreopsis are standing cheerful and happy in the sun perennial garden.

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Summer Glows with Colorful Coreopsis

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Coral Bells Garden Design Idea

Coral Bells Rave On

Coral Bells or Heuchera are terrific shade perennials to use beneath a base of a tree. This setting will stay showy throughout the season. (Sedum Flaming Carpet is used as an edging)

Rave On Heuchera (Coral Bells) is a beautiful shade perennial or groundcover – especially when planted in mass as featured here (sent in from Elizabeth – a customer of www.GreatGardenPlants.com)

First of all, we love getting photos of gardens– especially as beautiful and well done as this one.  Secondly, this is a blooming machine so Elizabeth (and the hummingbirds) will enjoy blooms all summer long.  Thirdly, this photo illustrates what a hard working perennial Coral Bells are since not all shade plants will thrive well beneath a base of a tree where it must compete against tree roots.

‘Rave On’ has beautiful silver foliage with bright rose pink flowers that stay attractive all season long. This is a terrific shade perennial that is a work horse in the garden and easy to grow.  If you need that punch of color (both foliage & blooms), try Heuchera ‘Rave On’.  This shade plant will not disappoint you.

Easy Landscape Ideas with Drought Proof Festuca

You can create a more powerful impact when you use Festuca in groupings of 5 or more

Create a more powerful impact in your landscape when you use Festuca in groupings of 5 or more

Looking for an easy garden design idea that will add some impact to your perennial garden? I love using Festuca Boulder Blue for a number of reasons.  This sun loving ornamental grass is easy to grow, looks great throughout the year and thrives in sun, high heat & humidity in well drained soil.  Hardy from Zones 4-9.   I believe it is one of of the best drought proof sun loving perennial groundcovers out there.

Add Color & Texture

Have some unpleasant spots in your garden?  The handsome mound shape and narrow blue foliage make be just the ticket as it adds season long color & texture.

Break Up Competing Colors

If you have two strong competing colors that are just rubbing you the wrong way try planting a group of this soothing blue Festuca between them.  Festuca is the ideal perennial to help break up strong competing colors in the garden

Small Space Gardening

Festuca grows 12”x12” so it tucks ever so nicely along narrow pathways, beneath shrubs or edging a perennial border.

Plant in Groups

If you really want to add impact, plant in groupings of 5 or more.

Repeating

Some of the most beautiful gardens do a great job in repeating similar plants in adjacent areas. This frequently leads to a more harmonious flow in the garden.

Care & Growing Tips

  • Add sand to heavier soils.
  • Allow plants to dry out between watering.
  • In the spring, use a sheers to prune away any dead foliage from winter
  • Fertilize in the spring with Osmocote or a balanced granular fertilizer

I know you’ll really enjoy Festuca – an easy to grow and care perennial.  Click Here for a Sun Perennial Garden Design Idea

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