Everyone loves a coneflower-with-a-bee-on-it photo!

By | What's In Bloom | July 23, 2013 | No comments

And what better way to share our amazing coneflower collection than with the bees busily working on them.  Featured here is Echinacea purpurea ‘Tangerine Dream’ (hybrid coneflower) amoung many in the Show Garden, north side.

Echinacea ‘Firebird’ (coneflower) displays scarlet red rays with an orange-brown cone.

Echinacea ‘Pink Poodle’ (double purple coneflower) has fully double pink-petalled flowers, over a bushier plant.

Echinacea ‘Quills and Thrills’ (coneflower) has quilled purple-pink petals surrounding an orange cone.

A tried & true purple coneflower, Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’ in the Entry Garden, with accompanying busy bees.

I came across this white beauty with fully double & semi-double flowers, in the Entry Garden in front of the sculpture.  A natural hybrid I was thinking along the lines of naming Echinacea ‘Supreme’ – maybe, maybe not …

The bees are lovin’ Echinops ritro ‘Veitch’s Blue’ (small globe thistle) as much as the coneflowers – which make great companions in the Entry Garden.

Liatris spicata (blazing star) is punctuated throughout many of the gardens, another great perennial to combine with Echinacea purpurea.

Just across the walk in the Entry Garden, you will also spy Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (crocosmia) partnered with coneflowers.  The brilliant orange-red colour of these cousins to gladiola are sure show-stoppers.


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Sandra Pella about the author: Sandra Pella

Sandra Pella has worked as Head Gardener of the Toronto Botanical Garden since 2008. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and upon graduation worked in the financial sector until the pull of plants was too much to resist, whereupon she found herself at Janet Anderson Perennials (formerly JEA Perennials) as a horticultural technician. She has been the Perennial Manager at Summerhill Nursery & Floral followed by the Assistant Horticulturist at the TBG prior to its renovation. Sandra worked as a Gardener for two seasons with the City of Toronto as well as seasonal Gardener for the TBG prior to being named Head Gardener. She is self-taught in the field and thus greatly appreciated the experience a gardening internship in 2009 at Great Dixter in the UK brought to her. Sandra has a regular What’s In Bloom blog and is one of the spokespeople for the TBG.

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