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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.
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.
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.
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.
2) Light foliage types – need protection from hot afternoon sun. Even with that said, by August the foliage color
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Where to Buy Festuca Boulder Blue – www.GreatGardenPlants.com
Delosperma is a tough drought proof groundcover for hot, dry places like curbs and driveways. Hardy Ice Plant is low growing with green succulent foliage and stunning flowers that bloom non-stop all summer long while thriving in heat, humidity and little water.
Given the right spot and growing conditions, it will bloom most of the summer and thrive in your garden.
I hear a lot of feedback from gardeners that have difficult growing and/or overwintering Delosperma. This beautiful ground cover is very, VERY fussy about drainage. If you don’t have SUPER sharp drainage, you should probably opt for growing Sedum or SedumSod – an instant colorful groundcover.
If I were to grow in containers, I would add gravel or cactus to sharpen the drainage in the soil.
Delosperma is ideal for strips along a driveway (where it is often more gravelly) or rock garden. Right plant – right place as the saying goes.
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