Whether you like giant daisies or frilly, bent-back petals, you'll find something to delight you in this mix of 3 high-performing varieties! All are hardy from one end of the country to the other, and will put up with just about anything from heat to drought to cold to poor soil! Bees and butterflies will flock to the garden all summer, while birds arrive in fall to feast on the big, seed-filled cones these blooms leave behind! Find a sunny spot and go wild!
Here is what you get:
Magnus, the classic variety for cutting, with big magenta blooms up to 6 inches wide on nice tall, bushy plants. Other varieties come and go, but Magnus remains a favorite simply because it never disappoints, its petals held straight out instead of downturned.
E. paradoxa is unique in the garden, with slender, widely spaced yellow petals in a long, frilly skirt below the big central cone. This beauty offers one-of-a-kind appeal for cut-flower bouquets as well as the garden.
White Swan has what few other Coneflowers do -- fragrance! Its snowy blooms reach 4 to 5 inches wide, held almost straight out around a big cone. All Coneflowers are somewhat scented, but White Swan puts its cousins to shame with its sweet, pervasive aroma! And it complements all other colors in garden and vase, so consider it your all-purpose essential!
PowWow Wild Berry swept all the awards when it was introduced a few years ago, and it's still going strong! Compact enough for containers, it's very well-branched, and it reblooms happily without being deadheaded. If all that weren't enough, its 3- to 4-inch blooms are splendidly colored and very long-lasting.
Cheyenne Spirit is a mix of glorious, hard-to-find Coneflower colors. This variety blooms the first year from an early planting, and such blooms they are -- cream, yellow, gold, orange, scarlet, red, and purple decorate these plants, which repeat well into fall. Winner of an All-America Selection, Cheyenne Spirit is on everyone's "must grow" list this season!
One of the best things about Echinacea is that, as a long-lived perennial, it just gets better the second and third season from seed! Find a sunny spot with excellent soil drainage for these plants, and your work is largely done! Butterflies and bees adore the blooms in summer, while birds come to feast on the seed-filled cones in autumn. Cut the final blooms as Everlastings for winter bouquets -- even if the petals drop, the cones are ornamental in their own right! And Echinacea is a pest-fighter in the garden, attracting good bugs that fight the destructive ones away!
You simply can't go wrong with this economical collection. You will receive 5 packets of seed (1 of each variety).