If you want to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators to your patch Coneflowers or Echinaceas as they are more grandly known are probably as good as it gets. Not only are they easy, but also they give a wonderful display of bright colour for rather a long time right across the summer, and they fit easily into most Gardens and planting schemes ☺ What’s not to love???
The shape of the flowers makes a magnet for butterflies and bees and, after the flowers have faded, birds will come and munch away happily on the seeds. There is something a bit smiley and rather happy about the large flower heads that look like a bit like giant daisies. They are brilliant for cutting and dry well too. Even if you only have the tiniest of gardens try them at the front of a nice sunny border – you can even grow them in pots as generally they’re about 2ft or 60cm tall at full flowering height ☺
So which ones to go for? Here are my favourites: ‘Amazing dream’ is an absolute scene-stealer. It has iridescent flower heads that are made up of chunky hot pink petals, which surround a broad orange eye. Invest in it! A wow that flowers constantly from June through to the early frosts. Buy Echinacea Amazing Dream here.
‘Green Jewel’ A classy plant that flowers profusely, this fresh-faced coneflower sets off rich plums and purples to perfection. The tips of the petals have a slightly feathered effect, which gives them a subtle softness. More about Echinacea ‘Green Jewel’ here.
‘Vintage Wine’ Now you’re talking! This variety has a smaller head with shorter petal, but ooooh the scent is just gorgeous! ☺ More about Echinacea ’Vintage Wine’ here ☺