The bright orange Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' is summer's hottest new coneflower variety. Once established, the sun-loving 'Tiki Torch' tolerates heat and drought while growing to a hearty 36 inches tall. Plant Tip: Clip off blooms as they fade, and new ones will continue growing well into fall.
Eastern Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) – Drought tolerant native that is a butterfly magnet. Profuse blooms spring through summer. Elongated stems with soft lavender petals attached to an iridescent cone. It prefers full sun to partial shade in well draining fertile soils. 2-5 feet tall. Perfect for cut flowers, lasting about a week. NATIVE. Outstanding performer in the garden.
Turks Cap (Hibiscus mutabilis). I noticed this shrub growing next to a mailbox on a residential street and was struck by the orange-red color of the blooms. I made several unsuccessful attempts to root cuttings, but I was taking my cuttings from blooming plants. I was finally successful when I took soft wood cuttings from new growth in the early spring, and now I have one of these beauties to call my own!
Blackfoot daisy is a sturdy, mounding plant, that will flourish in rock gardens. It is heat and drought tolerant. Good drainage is essential to its success. In late winter, older plants can be cut back halfway to keep them compact. Rich soil and abundant water will likely produce many more flowers in the short-term, but may consequently shorten the lifespan.