Last summer I cleared an area at the far back of my yard to start an echinacea garden. This is what it looked like at the end of the summer, promising, but bare.
Fast forward after one year’s growth and it is a lush garden full of color.
I’m not one to mix my oranges with my pinks, but I just love the riot of color in this garden.
And fortunately, the deer do not eat echinacea. They have nibbled on the black-eyed susan’s, so I will just pull those out.
I’ve never had a garden fill itself in, in such a short span of time. So, if you’re looking for a vibrant splash of color that goes on from July to September, I would highly recommend echinacea. And there are so many varieties and colors available now.
Last summer, I had the problem of new blooms being snapped and left dangling.
I was very fortunate to find a knowledgeable garden center employee who diagnosed the problem as the Sunflower Headclipping Weevil. Photo courtesy of Buckeye Yard and Garden OnLine.
After applying a rather expensive treatment of Nematodes to my yard last fall, I am glad to report, I have no dangling flower heads so far this summer. But I have spotted some in my neighbor’s yard just two doors away. I’m very much hoping they will not reinfect my yard and/or the Nematodes will keep them in check.
Here’s to the vibrant color of high summer.