Cone Flowers (Echinaceas) are fragrant and drought proof, and both bees and butterflies love them. Cone flowers are among my favorite perennials and I have several different kinds. I like the double cone flowers because they resemble a pin-cushion, and my favorite double is a Double Orange.
Double Orange Cone Flower
Cone flowers are easy to grow. They tend to grow tall, but I have one called "Knee-High" that truly grows only to my knees.
Knee-High Purple Cone Flower
I've found that my cone flowers grow best in full sun, in a well drained soil. The blooms look good for 2-3 three weeks, and when the blossoms start to fade I cut the stems back. That helps to promote a second blooming. I always leave a few blooms, however, because finches like to feed on the seed heads.
Double White Cone Flower
I've discovered over the years that if I want additional plants, it's better to divide the plants rather than save the seed. For me, the seeds have been very slow to germinate, if they germinate at all.
Purple cone flowers are hardy. I live in the Washington DC area and have no problem growing this popular perennials. I lost a white one last winter, but it was the only one I lost.
There are many varieties of lilies, from Oriental lilies to Day lilies. We're familiar with the Tiger Lilies, what I call "ditch lilies", because they're everywhere. The Tiger Lily grows tall and the plant is highly invasive.
The Day lilies I grow are more compact than the Tiger Lilies, plus there is a huge assortment of varieties. If you want to have some fun, propagate and start your own variety of day lily.
A Double Peach Daylily
After the Rain
Many of the newer daylilies have an eye, and this one has a purple eye.
Daylily with an Eye
These are a few of the lilies I grow from bulbs. They, too, are perennials.
White Trumpet Lily
A Lily with Brown Spots
One of my Favorite Lilies
The August Lily
This plant comes up in early spring and then dies back.
Then in August, tall spikes appear and theses are the flowers..
I prefer to grow perennials and I grow both shade and sun-loving plants. Watch for my future posts on the shade-loving plants I grow.
I am Marilyn (LaraOct7@aol.com)
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