|'Sombrero Salsa Red' is ripping into summer with a bevy of blooms and buds.|
This year I have a few that, in their second season, are zooming into bloom.
|How's this for red? 'Sombrero Salsa Red' shows its reverse petal charm.|
Just three varieties are new to my garden this year. And I've lost one.
First, the new. For sheer near-true, bright red, 'Sombrero Salsa Red' is hard to beat.
I actually planted Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' and 'Supreme Elegance' last season. They each offered up a few blooms, which was nice, but I knew this would be the season of the Supremes.
|'Supreme Elegance' at the beginning.|
|'Supreme Elegance' begins to enter the pinnacle of her beauty.|
|Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' in my garden|
Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' has a definite coral-pink thing going on. It's someplace in between shrimp and rose, but with enough saturation to stand out in a crowd. Flowers transition, a trait I love about the newer varieties, so that one plant has a lot of form to offer.
There are some new varieties of coneflower on the horizon. I got to see some of them at Cultivate '14 in Columbus Ohio earlier in the week. This trade show is where the plant growers, breeders and brokers gather with equipment designers and manufacturers to show wholesalers, retailers, landscapers and writers like me what's new in the horticultural world.
It was great fun, and I'll soon be blogging about what I found, including Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' growing at Chadwick Arboretum.
|Echinacea 'Supreme Flamingo' at Chadwick Arboretum.|