Thursday, July 15, 2010

Echinacea in the Sandbox


Echinacea Purpurea is a staple in the Sandbox.   The birds and the butterflies are attracted to it.  This plant can take the sandy conditions here as well as the heat and humidity that occurs here in southern Ontario in summer.  Unfortunately, the rabbit thinks the plant is tasty and will nip off the tops of them.  Purple coneflower is a pretty easy plant to grow in soil that is average and with good drainage.   If it is happy in your garden it can spread but here it is well behaved.
Just for fun I antiqued this one in photoscape a free software program.  I am having fun figuring out all the things this program can do. 


This Echinacea is called Tango Meadowbrite.   As you can see it has tangerine-orange petals and stands about 2ft tall in the garden.  I love how the petals droop down.

Echinacea 'White Swan' is another coneflower in the Sandbox.  It has a pure white flower that could be confused for a shasty daisy I suppose.   Again it has a reflexed habit. 

Echinacea 'Doppelganger'  is an unusual variety of Coneflower.  This one has not completed its transformation but I wanted to show it to you anyway.  It will get a two tiered effect when it is completely formed.  

I have a couple other types of Coneflower or Echinacea in the garden that have not bloomed yet.  I will share them with you when they do.   I hope that if you have not tried this plant that you will.  When I was at the Nursery Lost Horizons last weekend I saw on display many more different varieties and some exceptional colours of red.   I did not buy one at the time because I had blown the budget already for the day but I will certainly be looking for one to add to this garden. Happy gardening.  Valerie

It suddenly occured to me after I had posted this morning that today is Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.  The 15to of each month MayDreamsGardens hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day where you can see what Gardeners from all over have on display in their garden.  Come on along. 

13 comments:

Ellada said...

Hello,
I like a lot how you antique the photo-scape. It's really Lovely.
Beautiful flowers.
Have a nice day.

Lori E said...

I have tried a couple times to get this going in my yard to no avail. I love it.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Beautiful coneflowers! Love the colors!...Debbie

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

wow you've got so many beautiful cone flowers. Love your textured one too - I've just started doing those via photoshop..... its quite adictive - but if I don't keep doing it I'll forget how to use photoshop lol! I'm always calling the teenagers in the house to help me with that software.

Regina said...

hi
you have wonderful echinaceas in your garden.the antique-photo is great,i like it.
have a nice day,
regina

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Val, I wonder does the orange Tango Meadowbrite get visited by butterflies, or is it just for show. But, I do like the color. Jen

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Love the coneflowers! Does 'Tango Meadowbrite' come back for you reliably? That's one of the few new ones that I'd like to try, but I've heard mixed reviews on their hardiness here among the mostly clay-soil gardeners in the area. (And like you, I have sandy soil!)

Crafty Gardener said...

I love echinacea and have several in the garden. I had the white swan variety and then after several years it started giving me purple blooms!!!

Debbie/GardenofPossibilities said...

I'm jealous of your conflowers because they are so colorful and happy! Mine never seem to perform as I anticipate. I have one pink variety, not sure of the name, that is barely hanging on.

LDH said...

The cone flower has been on my 'want' list and now I am even more wanting to add it to my garden. Lovely photos!

Sylvana said...

I like the Tango Meadowbright. Very pretty. You have a good variety of echinacea in your garden.

maiaT said...

So many beautiful coneflowers.
The white one is my favorite, never seen it before.

dot said...

What beautiful flower pictures! I especially like the one you antiqued. Maybe you should come help me with my photography and my flowers also!!!