A riot of color, that’s what you can have with Echinaceas. Purple, pink and white have self-sown and hybridized in my front hot garden. I think of the front garden as a "drive-by-look garden". So my plan has always been that it be colorful. Echinacea do add lots of color and this is their time to shine and indeed they do shine. Have you ever looked carefully at the Echinceca cone just as daylight is fading. Them seem to glow fluorescent. Yesterday we reached 96 degrees. I went out about 6pm after the sun was losing some of its heat and took these pictures.
Glowing along with the echinacea is a coreopsis. This plant was shared with me so I do not know its variety. The plant is taller and brighter than moonbeam It too is easy care in this drought tolerant garden.
Years ago I planted White Swan. You can almost see the glow.
Echinaceas are magnets for butterflies
This morning I spent a couple of hours in the back garden which is cool and fresh. People are always surprized as they enter the 33 foot arbor (see sidebar) and come into this garden. Here I enjoy dead heading. Echinaceas are scattered throughout the garden.
While checking the tomatoes I found this nice spider, doing his job.