It's no secret to regular readers of bloomingwriter that I am hopelessly addicted to coneflowers. They've been putting on a show here in my garden, despite the dry weather, for the past 4-6 weeks, and while there's a bit of a pause right now, they are pushing new buds and preparing to show some more once we've had a bit more rain.
A few words about the weather, before I move on to talking more about echinaceas: July and August have been the driest months I've ever experienced in the 13 years I've lived here at my home. July wasn't so bad, but August saw so little rain, and so little fog, that even my 'lawn' pretty much stopped growing. And unbelievably, I stopped planting about 3 weeks ago, because the soil was so dry and I decided it was easier to tend plants in containers than drag the hose all around the yard watering them. We've had some rain now, but much of eastern Canada could use a lot more rain to bring up wells, irrigate crops, dampen down forests, and otherwise return things to normal.
It's been a few years now since the 'new' colours began to come onto the market--I first saw the 'Meadowbrite' series at Canada Blooms the year I went (what year was that? Time marches on...2004, I think), and in the years since then we've seen a plethora of new cultivars revealed each year. I'm very interested in hearing what other gardeners around North America think of the rainbow of colours, their vigour and their durability.
Here's a funny thing: despite absolutely loving the red-orange varieties, I regularly mix up the names of a few of them. But this one is 'Flame Thrower', I know because I took its photo while it was with a group of its siblings at Blomidon Nurseries!
This is only some of the coneflowers available--which ones have you tried, and which ones have thrived for you? Which haven't lived up to their billing? Over to you, dear readers!