These hardy flowers bloom in the heat of the summer. They're sure to add a fun wildflower look to your garden! They're great for naturalizing and will rebloom even in hot weather.
Botanical Name: Echinacea
Most Popular Colors: Gold, yellow, pink.
Blooming Season: Summer, early fall.
Soil Preferences: Coneflowers prefer well-drained soil that is not overly rich.
Climate Preferences: Coneflower plants grow best in hot and sunny locations, but can withstand cold winters.
Sun Exposure: Full sun.
Landscaping Tips: Plant coneflowers in full-sun beds for a natural look. Because most varieties grow relatively tall, they make great plants for the backs of beds. Or, plant them in large clusters to naturalize a spot in the garden.
Planting: Space the plants one to two feet apart, depending on predicted grown size. Plant potted coneflowers so that the root ball is level with the surface of the soil, and water in thoroughly.
- After planting, coneflowers need watering only if less than one inch of rain falls each week.
- Remove spent flowers to encourage a longer blooming season, and cut down floppy branches after they flower.
- To encourage the most growth possible, cut back coneflowers to about three inches above the ground each spring.
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