In landscape design there are so many different amazing colors that we can put on the canvas. Oftentimes the things that we use to make the landscape pop are these incredible new high color perennial plants. There are so many advantages to those and there are some amazing new selections. Coneflowers are one of those. People are loving perennials right now, they come back year after year, they're a great investment, a great value plant. Echinacea or coneflowers have a lot of new varieties that have come out on the market. One is called the Sombrero series, it's a new echinacea that was bred for really compact growth, very sturdy stems, just a wonderful, wonderful plant for butterflies, bees, it's pollinator friendly. James shows us three different Sombrero colors - the Sombrero series Hot Coral, the Somebrero series Salsa Red and then Lemon Yellow. They are all compact, sturdy plants. These colors are relatively new to echinacea, Eric remembers when the very first oranges and reds came out, even the really intense yellows. It was a completely new thing and it really opened up what we could do with echinaceas. It was already one Eric's favorites, in fact coneflowers have been one of his favorite perennials since he had any recollection of perennial plants. But these new colors have really opened up the palette of what we can do in the landscape. They're so bright and vigorous and vibrant and as well these coneflowers naturalize wonderfully. It's a drought tolerant perennial too. Coneflowers were one of James' favorites too when he really started getting into gardening because he liked a more natural look. Oranges and purples are the standard now but look at the hot coral, look how vibrant it is, it's almost coral to purple, you almost have three colors on that one plant. It's unbelievable.
It's Fall, which often means clean up time in our yards and gardens. And that can often increase our exposure to poison ivy and poison oak. How do we best identify these culprits? Here is an informative article about identifying and reducing the exposure and misery from poison ivy and poison oak.
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