Tough Summer Bloomers: Cone Flowers

July 19, 2011

Here are some of the lovely Cone Flowers, Echinacea spp., blooming in my garden right now. While many plants are literally melting away in the heat, these tough perennials are comign into their own. They show best when it's nice and hot outside...

Echinacea 'Mama Mia'

Echinacea 'Summer Sky'

Echinacea 'Summer Sun'

Echinacea 'Tangerine Dream'

Interestingly, many of these new varieties of cone flower have the most wonderful fragrance, which you don't get in the species or older cultivars. It's always a unexpected surprise to walk by them and get a waft of their sweet scent.

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