FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #1 – Grey-headed Coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Photo by C Burns

Flowers: Yellow

Height: 35-70” (90 to 180 cm)

Width: 16-40” (40 to 100 cm)

Light: Full Sun

If you’re expecting a subtle grey flower, you’ll be sorely disappointed when you discover Grey-headed Coneflower is actually yellow! Its petals hang beneath its centre so it looks like a dancer when the wind blows. The common name is derived from the flower centre, which is a brown-grey shade until it dries to a lighter grey-brown in the late autumn. The leaves are lance-shaped.

A plains flower, Grey-headed Coneflower prefers well-drained soils with a gritty texture, though it can grow in all textures. It can withstand periods of drought. Deep roots make it good for finding water in the soil profile or for stabilising slopes. Continue reading

FWG Plant Sale 2012 Top Ten: #7 – Lanceleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata)

We’re profiling ten plants available at this year’s Native Plant Sale which may be less well-known – but still very lovable! Why not consider adding one of these to your garden?

Flowers: Yellow

Height: 20-24” (50 to 80 cm)

Width: 12-18″ (30-45 cm)

Light: Sun

With its bright, daisy-like yellow flowers, Lanceleaf Coreopsis is a cheery plant for any garden – and indeed is a stalwart member of most native garden plantings. Blooming with profusion, flowers can be enjoyed from July until September with dead heading. Once it goes to seed, Lanceleaf Coreopsis is a food source for birds seeking a snack. Continue reading