Coneflower are so popular here in Texas. It seems like everyone has them, and has really good luck with them. I think Pam from Digging has the prettiest pictures I have ever seen. I would love to see hers in person. (In fact, I would love to see her entire garden--the pictures are beautiful!) I am drawn to coneflowers. I remember as a little girl having them in our front flower bed. I loved them and told my Mother "when I grow up I will have pink daisies like this in my yard!" Purple Coneflowers do the best, but there are several other varieties now. The word I hear from other gardeners is that these hybrids will not come back faithfully like the original purple. The corner bed where I have my coneflowers was pretty torn up last year, however one my peach colored plants did come back.
This is called "Big Sky." It is a peachy pink, and does not have the big orange center like the original purple.
This coneflower is "White Swan." It has done really well this year. In fact, I bought another one since I had such luck with this one.
This is a new coneflower I bought called
"Harvest Moon." It is just now blooming and will be a pumpkin yellow. Really pretty color!
Another new companion with the Harvest Moon is this yellow called "Sunrise." It's not a very bright yellow now, but it may darken as it opens.
What I love about these new coneflowers is the fragrance. They smell so sweet!
However, I was working in a back bed smelling such a wonderful scent 2 days ago, trying to figure out what it was when I leaned over and smelled a purple coneflower right at my feet and realized that is what I was smelling! Ummm!
I did not know the original purples smelled so good!
And finally, how cute is this! This is a
"clasping coneflower" I planted these from seeds I bought last summer. No sweet fragrance with these, but that's fine. No need to smell good when you are just so darn cute!!!