Growing perennial coneflowers: Rudbeckia and Echinacea plants. Purple, green and prairie coneflower will fill your garden beds with late season color. Buy plants and seeds here.
When bright pink, orange, yellow or white coneflowers burst into bloom they are the glory of the late summer landscape.
A single variety growing in a large drift is as visually pleasing as a coneflower garden of several types growing side-by-side.
You can even plant the more compact varieties in large containers.
As an added bonus, they are nearly deer proof plants.
The annual and perennial Rudbeckia varieties described on this page are also commonly called coneflowers. As beautiful and easy to grow as their Echinacea counterparts, they bloom in shades of gold and rust.
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' has been popular with gardeners for decades. If you've ever seen a large drift of them casting their golden glow over the fall landscape, you will understand why.
The Echinacea purpurea plant, which is the variety most often used in herbal remedies, is commonly known as the purple coneflower even though its blooms are bright pink.
The species is one of the tallest coneflowers and a large drift is beautiful at the back of the late summer border. This versatile plant is suitable for ornamental and cut flower gardens as well as the herb garden.
Find out what the herb Echinacea is used for here.
Learn about growing Echinacea purpurea here.
Most of the doubles feature pompon tops.
'Double Decker' coneflower features the most unusual bloom of all; it looks like a smaller coneflower has landed on its cone. There is also a semi-double coneflower, 'Fancy Frills'. It resembles a pink sunflower.
All are cultivars of the Echinacea purpurea plant.
Echinacea 'Rubinstern' is the 'Ruby Star' purple coneflower. This and other varieties are marketed as having red flowers but they are actually deep pink with varying degrees of red in the petals.
The closest to a true red is 'Tomato Soup' whose 5 inch flowers arrive in late summer masses and last for nearly 2 weeks in the vase.
You should know that not every bloom this plant produces will be as large as those shown in the photo. Nor is the color that reliably uniform.
The petals will vary from deep orange to red and in certain climates can take on a pink tinge.
Nevertheless, this color breakthrough in Echinaceas performs well in zones 4-9.
This page (at the link above) is about the perennial green coneflower, 'Green Wizard' Rudbeckia occidentalis Nutt which is also called black and western coneflower.
'Green Jewel' and 'Green Envy' are other green Echinacea varieties.
All of these marvelous plants bloom from mid summer through fall.
Orange coneflower varieties include:
One of the prettiest of the orange coneflower varieties is 'Hot Lava'. Each plant will grow 3-4 feet tall by 3 feet wide and will display its 4.5 inch blooms from July through September.
'PowWow White' is a small plant that packs a big punch. The 2' tall clumps produce bouquets of sparkling white daisies when planted in full sun. The flowers will keep coming even if the plants are not deadheaded.
Like most other Echinacea plants, 'PowWow White' is heat and drought tolerant.
E. paradoxa is a yellow variety of the purple coneflower plant. It is commonly called Ozark coneflower as it is native to the Ozark region of Arkansas and Missouri.