Echinacea is a fabulous plant to have in the garden and here are the top ten reasons why:
- it brings a pop of late summer colour to bedraggled borders
- the dusky pink Echinacea is probably the most widely known but you can also get purple, red, orange, yellow, white and even lime green forms, as well as two-tone and marbled varieties so there is bound to be a variety which will suit your garden
- it is loved by bees and butterflies for its nectar-rich flowers
- Echinacea can from a distance look like any other daisy but on closer inspection, the form is so interesting and is more like a shuttlecock with the petals relaxing downwards from a central cone
- it can grow to around one metre high which adds valuable stature to borders
- Echinacea make great cut flowers for the house and just like deadheading, cutting for vases will promote new flowers on the plant
- once the flowers have faded, the Echinacea seedheads still look great and provide food for small birds
- Echinacea is a hardy perennial so it can be left in the soil all winter and it will die back and regrow the following year
- Echinacea grows in clumps which can spread up to 2 foot in diameter. Every three years, you can dig up the clump and divide it giving you more plants for free
- if you are keen to explore the health benefits of Echinacea, the flowers and leaves can be boiled into a tea
Plant some Echinacea in your garden this month and it will bulk up for next year bringing you all the fabulousness that this gorgeous flower provides!
I’ve tried to grow it here in Carmunnock with no success Slugs ?What’s your secret.
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No secret to impart I’m afraid with this one George! I literally planted and left them alone! I did divide the clump earlier in the year and split it into four smaller clumps and all have come on well and are flowering profusely! They do like a sunny spot!