Echinacea is a perfect plant for a summer border. This easy to grow late-flowering perennial will add interest and colour during late summer. It produces long-lasting flowers on sturdy stems, so it doesn’t need staking or tying.
Bees and butterflies enjoy the pollen- and nectar-rich flowers.
Probably the most popular of all echinaceas is Echinacea purpurea. It produces pretty rosy-purple, daisy-like flowers with a striking orange-brown central cone.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’
Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ is similar to Echinacea purpurea in colour but has larger flowers.
Echinacea ‘White Swan’
And then there is ‘White Swan’ with attractive white flowers. This variety will grow to 70cm tall.
For something special you could try Echinacea pallida, which has long, slender pale pink drooping petals.
Echinacea ‘Sunseekers Purple’ Echinacea pallida
Pruning Echinacea ( coneflower). Cut back old stem just above ground level after flowering. Or leave a couple of dead stems and seed heads standing.
They will provide food for wildlife. From autumn birds will eat the seeds.
Echinaceas prefer full sun and need well-drained soil. They don’t like wet feet in winter.