We are honored to offer this exciting sport of Coreopsis Sweet Dreams. Heaven's Gate is far darker and more richly colored than its parent, with a deeper ring of rosy-crimson around the base of each bloom, giving it a stunning two-tone look. A one-of-a-kind perennial for your sunny garden, Heaven's Gate blooms for months (sometimes repeating in fall, too!) and is as carefree and easy as its common yellow cousins.
Heaven's Gate arose as a chance mutation in a field of Sweet Dreams in Connecticut's Sunny Border nursery. Its blooms are about 1½ inches wide, and arise by the many dozen on plants 9 to 18 inches high and 1 to 2 feet wide. This is our native Tickseed with a whole new look -- saturated with warm color, very free-blooming, and vigorous!
The show begins in early summer, when the attractive, ferny foliage of this quick grower is dotted with blooms. The flowers continue unabated right through summer and into fall, lasting up 'til hard frost in most areas. All they ask is full sunshine and reasonably good soil drainage, and they make a fine companion in the garden to Echinacea, Sedum, Salvia, and yellow Coreopsis, among others. Foolproof and SO unusual!
To get the most from your Heaven's Gate, shear back the foliage in late summer. This will create a bushier, fuller plant, with many more buds and a nicely compact habit. It also may encourage a fall rebloom!
Heaven's Gate is eager to naturalize in the garden, and where it is happy, will colonize into a dense groundcover-like planting that chokes out weeds and creates nonstop color. Very tolerant of everything from drought to poor soil, pests to rough winds, it fares best in moist, light soils. For sheer flower power, there's no beating Heaven's Gate! Space plants about 18 inches apart. Zones 5-8.