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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.

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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Backyard Makeover with KnockOut Roses

KnockOut Roses are disease free, ultra hardy, long blooming and long lived rose!

Need a Back-yard Makeover Idea?  KnockOut Roses are an ideal  choice for a  a busy young mother of 2 energetic young boys.

Natalie Meeks of Mommy’s Memorandum decided to use KnockOut Roses for her garden project.  KnockOut Roses is one of the best-selling flowering shrubs on the market day.  They are long blooming, disease free, ultra hardy and long lived.

Natalie  talks about her project installation and shares some helpful tips on plants she purchased from www.GreatGardenPlants.com

Natalie states “Despite the record high temperatures, these plants continue to thrive.   I think that these plants will be the perfect addition to our backyard for many summers to come.”

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Easy Garden Design with Drought Proof Plants

Few plant varieties create big impact in this sun loving perennial border

Here’s a simple and EASY Garden Design idea using sun loving drought proof plants that look attractive throughout the growing season.

This garden landscape uses only a few type of plants.  Ornamental Grasses (Miscanthus) create a hedge effect by add height and interest in the background. Sedum Autumn Joy provides midsize interest while the bed is edged in ground cover Sedum.

This island bed requires low water and little maintenance while creating a welcoming entryway and some privacy from a busy and noisy road.

By late summer, Autumn Joy Sedum will be bursting with color while the ornamental grasses develop showy plumes that last well into fall.  Both plants add wonderful interest to the winter garden.

Related ArticlesOur Top 10 Long Blooming Sun Perennials

Easy Gardening with Drought Proof Nepeta Ground Cover

Nepeta & Roses combine beautifully on this slope

Nepeta or Catmint is one of the easiest drought proof ground covers you’ll ever grow.  This sun perennial is a member of the mint family and known for its fragrant foliage & flowers.  Catmint  will fill in fast, thrive on neglect and little water, yet still reward you with long lasting blooms.

Walker Low's gentle lax habit adds a soft look in this garden setting

I’ve grown a number of varieties of Nepeta over the years, and one that I’m particularly fond of is Walker’s Low .(Zone 3 hardy)  Just give this tough plant a sunny, well drained location and enjoy delightful blue  blooms from early summer-frost.

Here’s why Nepeta is such a great plant:

  • Terrific for banks and slopes.  Drought tolerant so it can take those tough sites
  • Edging – Gentle spilling habit softens any hardscape
  • Ground cover – makes an excellent ground cover for sunny areas
  • Sprawling habit  fills in fast
  • Blooms the first year
  • 8” lavender blue spikes (I cannot get enough of blues!)
  • Long bloom time
  • Thrives will little water
  • Garden Design –   Cool blue Nepeta blooms combine so well with warm yellows/golds such as Rudbeckia or Coreopsis,  For one of the longest blooming combinations, combine with Knock Out Roses.
  • Resistant to pests and diseases

Nepeta works well in sunny areas as an under planting to small trees

About the only thing I do is shear it back after its first flower flush.  This not only makes for a tidy plant but encourages a new flush of blooms.   I also remove old growth in early spring.

If you are looking for easy gardening – make sure you add Nepeta Walker’s Low to your list – you’ll be glad you gave it a try.

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