were growing in moist prairies, meadows and open woodlands in the Midwest and eastern United States long before they became mainstays in perennial borders.
IN his Hampshire garden, green-fingered guru Alan Titchmarsh has swathes of butterfly and bee-friendly plants - from buddleia and verbena to catmint, cosmos and coneflower
They're interspersed with unripe figs and blackberries, white dahlias, mint, Peruvian lilies, holly ferns, and coneflowers
in various stages of bloom.
BETTER BEE–LIEVE IT Echinacea purpurea, green jewel coneflower
Vieira, director of horticulture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, holds an array of coneflowers
, perennials that reach their prime in July.
Other good bets include the purple coneflower
echinacea purpurea, which has pretty basal foliage and bears big, purple-pink daisy-like flowers.
More than three decades of conservation and protection have paid off well for the Tennessee purple coneflower
(Echinacea tennesseensis), a distinctive plant once in danger of extinction.
These eye-catching, robust perennials are known as coneflowers
because their petals hang down, making the dark central cone extremely prominent.
But birds aren't the only ones that profit from these pretty coneflowers
blend with 'Joan Senior,' a creamy white daylily that blooms for six weeks.
People think of fall as a season for gardeners to reflect on what worked and what failed but Fallscaping promises to paint the reader's autumn garden with orange Cannas "Pretoria" purple coneflowers
maroon foliage from the "Hopi Red Dye" Amaranth and the hopeful yellows of late-blooming sunflowers.
Our native coneflowers
love sun, are drought tolerant, and make great cut flowers.
These "night-blooming genuses," which include white liatris, lambs ear and white swan coneflowers
, become extraordinarily fragrant and radiate their natural colors when viewed by moonlight.
Like other coneflowers
it is a really useful plant to bring colour to your garden in late summer and early autumn.
July keeps the day lilies of June and adds the Asiatic and Oriental lilies, then brings on the coneflowers
of middle and late summer.