Wednesday, August 3, 2011

I love Cone Flowers

My side garden by the driveway gets hot. So hot that many flowers won't grow by the brick wall that gets even hotter.  I have a nice stand of Black Eyed Susans and a few Cone Flowers, white and purple.They are fairly easy to grow.

Three summers ago I decided to get some of the more exotic  Cone Flowers: Green Wizard, with no petals. It didn't grow at all. Two summers ago I bought a light orange. It didn't come back the next spring.

Last summer I bought a green, a true orange and a light pink. I gave them a nice spot in the garden, watered them in.

They came back this spring.

Unfortunately, we had a very hot and dry summer. My new flowers struggled to grow. Most of them won't bloom this summer. I tried to keep them watered, but it was too hot. We had one of the hottest July's on record. Hopefully they will do better next year.

This year I bought a red,  above,  when it first blooms it is more orange than red with a frilly head, in stead of the usual cone.

I love the more colorful Cone Flowers, but I finally realized that they need too much care. With several venues online and doing art shows I need plants that I can water and they will thrive.

Cathy August 3, 2011


  1. I so love coneflowers! My favorite is the black eyed Susan. We have a house in the neighborhood that has their whole side yard filled with cone flowers...dreamy!

  2. Beautiful Cathy! I love coneflowers too, but for my hot "hell strip" that can survive dry and hot I choose catmint. It blooms almost all summer and needs hardly any water. Give it a try.

    Julie Magers Soulen Photography

  3. Thank You for stopping by Gypsy Moon. One of my favorites too.

  4. Julie, it was so hot here even my hardier flowers had problems. I will check out Catmint. Thank You for stopping by.

  5. Oh, I love coneflowers too. (I fancy we might call them something else, but I'm not a gardener - I love them all anyway) Fab pics. As ever.

  6. Aww, I just adore the purple coneflowers, they are my all time fave. The black-eyed susans always make me happy, too. That orange coneflower is so interesting~~I've never see one before.

  7. The orange is a new one, but it can't take the heat, that is why it is facing down. It tends to wilt.