Coneflower garden design

Do you know?

Coneflower (Echinacea) is a perennial wildflower with several varieties. It is famous for wildflower gardens with many Echinacea companion plants below. They are the true harbingers of spring.

If you are lucky enough to see a field of purple conifers (Echinacea purpurea) at the end of winter, you cannot help but marvel at the beauty of nature. You’ll want to get lost in this 3-foot-tall beauty.

Doy You,

Kown What Is Companion Planting?

One of my favorite quotes is, “I discovered the secret of life: friends. Mango friends.” – Fried Green Tomatoes

Well, that also applies to companion plants. Did you know that plants and flowers help each other stay healthy?

Companion planting is the best ways to plan your garden space. You can plant your flowers, vegetables and plants together to benefit everyone. Companion plants are like friends. They help each other survive, save space, prevent insect infestations, and keep the soil healthy.

Recommended companion plants for Echinacea (purple coneflower)

  • Lavender
  • Gaillardia (blanket flower)
  • ornamental oregano
  • Goldenrod (Solidago)
  • Sedum (stone harvest)

Important to you

  • Choose something big enough if you plan to create a container for mixed plants. Echinaceas grow well in groups with plants such as bees balm, phlox, sage and aniseed hyssop.
  • These plants naturally grow in groups, so they don’t spread to other perennials. Wide older varieties will self-seed if you leave the flowers, an easy way to get more plants!

How to grow coneflowers?

Conifers are heat and drought-tolerant, making them easy to grow even for beginners. “Echinaceas grow best in full sun and flower in about 60 to 90 days,” says Sears. “Most conifers do best in USDA zones three through nine.” Plant them where you can see a lot of light. “Echinaceas do well in full sun (at least six hours a day) and in loose, well-draining soil, but they tolerate heavy clay and even shallow rocky soil,” says Quindoy. “These highly adaptable plants are drought tolerant once established.”

How to plant coneflowers

If you want to plant these coneflowers in your garden, Sears recommends waiting until the last frost and sowing echinacea seeds in an open, well-exposed area covered with a quarter-inch mulch. “For earlier blooms, you can try to start them indoor six to eight weeks before the last frost of the season,” he says. “When the plants reach five centimeters in height, they can be thinned out or planted.” If you plan on growing these colourful potted flowers on your deck or patio, Sears says to ensure they have plenty of space. “If you’re growing in containers, coneflowers do best in containers larger than 24 inches.” You can skip the seeds and buy more mature plants at your local nursery.

How to care for Coneflowers

To get the maximum results from your coneflowers, you should add a little fertilizer each spring, says Christina Matthews, urban florist and owner of The Flower Lady. “I like to ‘coat’ the soil around the plant with two inches of good compost,” she says. “I think my garden needs compost to give the plant an endless supply of summer blooms.” However, if composting isn’t your speed, Matthews says you can use standard compost as long as you test the soil first. “The local county extension agency is a good place to start the process, and their results often come with a lot of information specific to the specific plants you want to grow in your space.”

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