I was finally able this morning to plant my echinacea in their new homes. Last evening, I dropped the final branches in this area which was the reason for not planting sooner. Here is the final planting, which is looking very sparse and even a little pitiful, but time will take care of that.
There are also a couple hydrangea back here that haven’t done well over the years, some feverfew that reseeded itself here, and some perennial ageratum . . . just in case you’re wondering why it looks fuller than the few new plants I put in.
I have quite a few of these pale pink volunteers that reseeded from my front garden. Only a couple of them are blooming, but next year there will be lots of them, and hopefully with more light, they will fill out to be luscious plants.
One white volunteer, which is most likely just a mutation from the pale pink since I’ve never had white echinacea in my yard before.
And these are the six others that I purchased. First up is Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’, which is the soft color of a clay pot, although in this photo it looks more pink.
This is Echinacea ‘Harvest Moon’, appropriately named for its soft pastel yellow color.
This is Echinacea ‘Double Scoop Raspberry’. Not sure I like this one at all. It didn’t look like this when I bought it, nor did the picture. But she’ll stay for the variety and uniqueness she brings to the garden.
This is Echinacea ‘Pow Wow Wild Berry’. I have two of these and she is more of a hot pink, but has seen better days, and is losing her “pow” as she goes over.
Another Echinacea “Cheyenne Spirit”, but this one is a pale yellow and totally different color from the one that looks more like a clay pot.
I’ve had these plants since May and I corralled them all together in a big tub trug for watering purposes. I wasn’t paying as much attention to them as I should have, and with all the rain we had in June, I’m embarrassed to say they sat in water way to much. Thus, their root systems were compromised and this poor lady will be lucky to survive. When I planted her, I took one of her dead heads and spread her seeds so I will be sure to not lose her altogether.
Unless I find some plants at the garden centers drastically reduced at the end of the summer, I intend to fill the rest of the area with plants I’ve grown from seed to save money. To that end, I’m trying a new technique for me and growing some seedlings for Echinacea ‘White Swan’.
I have this half barrel that I didn’t plant up this year, mostly because of the overgrown honeysuckle trees, it was in total shade. So . . . I decided to start my Echinacea ‘White Swan’ in peat pots that I’ve sunk in the dirt in the barrel. I thought it might be a good way to keep them more uniformly moist in this extreme heat and no rain.
I’ll let you know how it works.
Linking with The Propagator for “Six on Saturday”.