Friday, August 5, 2011
A Simply Spectacular Summer Bloomer for Tennessee Gardens
Always looking for great summer plants that can withstand our Middle Tennessee extreme heat and drought conditions I am excited when I find good ones like cutleaf coneflowers ( Rudbeckia lacinata) 'Hortensia' and 'Autumn Sun'. These two coneflowers are coneflowers that shine in the severe conditions of mid-summer in Middle Tennessee. They are the tall yellow flowers on the right side of the above picture. Let's take a closer look at the garden.
As you can tell the cutleaf coneflowers grow very tall. Also looking at these pictures you can see the coneflowers grow in part sun/shade. I estimate they get perhaps three hours (if they are lucky) of sun per day. Still, they do fine and make a nice backdrop for the rest of the Non-Pool Garden. I have them paired with 'Adagio' ornamental grass, coneflowers, sedums and asters. The 'Limelight' hydrangeas you see in the picture are further down the hill along with a few other prairie flowers and shrubs.
The majority of this clump is of the 'Hortensia' variety. That is they are double coneflowers. These are heirloom plants and many folks plant them to hide things in the yard; like outhouses. For me they remind me of prairie flowers and make a great big impact in this garden. Butterflies love these coneflowers and I have not found mine to be bothered by any pests or diseases. Mine do occasionally need a drink of water; which I do not begrudge since our temperatures have consistently been in the 90s and we've had no rain in several weeks.
I just love these sunny yellow plants....
in the garden....
I forgot to say, these coneflowers are about 6 feet tall and may get taller in more sun. They spread easily; which is good. Transplanting when fully grown can be tricky as I've found the best time to move these is in early spring once they sprout up.
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