Friday, August 24, 2012

Oh So Pretty

Echinacea 'Sunrise'
Day 195
The Daily DuBrule

The other day we got in a new shipment of perennials. One plant was just so pretty that it melted my heart. In this world of insane plant breeding, Echinaceas are the current rock stars. There are double ones, frilly ones, and Echinaceas of a gazillion colors. It's hard to keep up. Some are amazing, others a flash in the pan. Echinacea 'Sunrise' has been around for a long time, which in this fast moving world of Echinaceas means a few years. Yet, it has proven itself to be hardy and reliable.

The other cool thing about 'Sunrise' is that very often the flower petals come out all frilly and tubular. This was the case with the latest shipment. 
This color is soft and easy to use in any garden design. It is the same shade of yellow as the classic Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. The foliage is very full and vigorous which is key to Echinacea hardiness, especially when you plant them at this time of year. 

If you think 'Sunrise' is too plain Jane for you, of course you have lots of options...

'Guava Ice'

'Hot Papaya'
 Sometime, though, just plain pretty is good enough for me.

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