Mercury Rising Coreopsis

Mercury Rising Coreopsis

Mildew-free and Long-blooming!

Item # 49663
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This is the red stunner we waited for when new colors began to be introduced into the Coreopsis family! Mercury Rising surpassed our expectations with its bold color, cold tolerance, vigorous. In addition, it pioneered a new habit!

A creation of breeder Darrell Probst's amazing Big Bang™ series, it broke new ground in a big way. It spreads, intertwining with its neighbors beautifully in the border! Only 15 to 18 inches high in bloom, it spreads 2 to 3 feet wide, with fresh green foliage framing the flowers.

The flowers begin about 1½ inches wide and then expand to fully 2 inches as they mature! And new buds open all summer, grabbing attention with their velvety magenta-claret splendor. The frilly, bright golden center sets off the dark, rich petals beautifully, and the petal undersides sport a soft shade of yellow striped in purple!

You will be delighted not only with the quality but with the volume of these blooms over a very long season. They continue into fall, when the colder weather may bring frosty white and cream streaks creeping into the dark red, adding a new look to the display. Ever-changing, these blooms are simply fascinating.

Mercury Rising is hardy through zone 5 in the north, with excellent vigor and color-fastness. Mildew-free and disease resistant, it attracts butterflies and bees. Zones 5-9.

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Which plants should I grow to repel rabbits and deer?

Planting garlic, onions, chives, lavender, rosemary, and sage around rabbit-susceptible plants will repel rabbits. Deer repellent plants include: lavender, onion, catnip, sage, chives, garlic, spearmint, and thyme. Be sure to strategically place these repellent plants around and in between rabbit and deer-susceptible plants. Also, place some along the property line and especially at key points the rabbits and deer are using as entryways, which can even deter them from coming onto your property.

Which of your plants offered are deer resistant?

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