But when I gave those seeds an early start indoors that year, I had no idea how much I'd come to love the patch of coneflowers
that just keeps getting bigger and better every year.
Lillies, left, and coneflowers
, centre, are spectacular, while gypsophila, right, might look delicate but is easy to grow
They're interspersed with unripe figs and blackberries, white dahlias, mint, Peruvian lilies, holly ferns, and coneflowers
in various stages of bloom.
Vieira, director of horticulture at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, holds an array of coneflowers
, perennials that reach their prime in July.
For example, they recommend planting butterfly milkweed and orange coneflowers
instead of orange daylilies that are naturalized/invasive in the Midwest.
To complement the coneflowers
in your border, try planting phygelius aequalis Yellow Trumpet in front of them.
These eye-catching, robust perennials are known as coneflowers
because their petals hang down, making the dark central cone extremely prominent.
Our native coneflowers
love sun, are drought tolerant, and make great cut flowers.
(Echinacea spp.)--Many different butterfly species delight in purple coneflowers
(Echinacea purpurea) in the garden or field.
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.
July keeps the day lilies of June and adds the Asiatic and Oriental lilies, then brings on the coneflowers
of middle and late summer.
Check out sunflowers and coneflowers
to see pretty spirals of florets arranged in a pattern described by Fibonacci (fie-bo-NACH-ee) numbers.
Sketchbook use and journaling activities have grown exponentially in recent years as art students and professional artists attempt to reconnect with the natural world; whether to record travels or to note the petal forms of coneflowers
. Advice is given on starting a journal, page designing, a listing of recommended tools and materials, and the cultivation of personal attitudes These introductory sections lead into chapters on what to look for in small gardens, neighborhoods, and while traveling.
Other good bets include coneflowers
, otherwise known as Echinacea purpurea, which have pretty basal foliage and bear big, purple-pink daisy-like flowers.
Buck, a University of Tulsa botanist and a founder of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society, had heard medicinal plant gatherers were invading Bartlesvil- le-area fields in search of purple coneflowers
, one of nine members of the genus Echinacea.