Thursday, June 4, 2009

Autumn Blush Coreopsis

One of my favorite perennials is Coreopsis. All types of them! I can't resist buying one when I see them at the garden center. This was the case a few weeks ago. As I was looking around, I spotted a rack of brand new plants they were just bringing in. They had not even taken the plastic sheeting that was wrapped around the rack so they wouldn't fall off before I started grabbing.
The flowers were so pretty and unusual. I didn't even know it was a coreopsis until I looked at the tag--and of course then I really couldn't resist buying one....well...I mean two! (two is better than one, right?)
This is a new hybrid coreopsis called "Autumn Blush." It has light peachy-yellow flowers with red eyes. I did a little research on the internet and found that the color will change to a wine rose blush in fall...guess that's how it got it's name.
It is a long blooming perennial forming spreading mounds of green fern like leaves. The article I read suggested that you shear it back lightly in August to encourage renewed blooms. It is suppose to tolerate heat and humidity, and..clay soil! (YES!) It is deer and rabbit resistant and attracts birds and butterflies. Now what more could you ask for? One thing....it requires 6+ hours of sun.
That is quite a bit of sun for most of my yard, but..perfect for one bed. I think this autumn blush makes a perfect addition to my wildflower garden.

11 comments:

JenningsJunk said...

Your new plant really does have cool coloring...I love your wildflower area and bet the new plant(s) will fit in beautifully!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks JJ. I really like it too. I guess the wildflower garden is my favorite!

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Goodness, if it tolerates clay, I need to sow my yard with it! It's very pretty, I've never tried to grow it, though.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Absolutley beautiful. Now I need to find a place for one.

(Creative Country Mom) said...

I think this is now on the must find list with me.... Beautiful! ~Brooke

Meadowview Thymes said...

The "grows in clay soil" part caught my attention too Nola. So far so good.

I bet you have a place Debbi--this one is tall and bushy--perfect by the little birdhouse.

Brooke, I got this one at Lowe's, but not one by my house. I ran in for dirt..or something, and there they were! Funny, I didn't see them at my Lowe's. Hope you can find one!

perennialgardener said...

It is a pretty Coreopsis and looks great in the wildflower garden. :)

tina said...

Perfect for the wildflower garden or any garden really. I do hope you have a grand time on the tour tomorrow.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Tina--I am really looking forward to this garden tour!

Susie said...

I think it makes a perfect addition too Linda. I like coreopsis a lot too. As a matter of fact, I push it lots at work. I have a few that are blooming their pretty little faces off right now. I've not seen your new one. It's really pretty.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks Susie! Apparently this is a new variey. I really like it in the wildflower garden.