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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.

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

Coreopsis

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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Hardy Ice Plant – Drought Proof Groundcover Growing Tips

Hardy Ice Plant is thriving in gravelly soil with good drainage near a road (Zone 5) This planting has been here for over 5 years.

Hardy Ice Plant has been thriving here for 5 years (Zone 5). It has super good drainage and gravelly soil

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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