LOOMIS CREEK is high on Echinacea (coneflower) species and hybrids for their lengthy summertime bloom in the Hudson Valley. We continue to trial many of the new hybrid coneflower colors – yellows, oranges, and reds – to determine which are GREAT garden plants in our region.
Our favorite for the 2010 season is Echinacea HARVEST MOON (‘Matthew Saul’). It is one of the BIG SKY coneflower series introduced by ItSaul Plants in Atlanta, Georgia. HARVEST MOON offers earthy melon to golden orange flowers with overlapping petals around glowing orange cones. We highly rate this coneflower selection for its strong branching, sturdy stems, and profuse bloom.
Loomis Creek Nursery stocks the following coneflowers (with others on the way):
Echinacea pallida – light pink coneflower species
E. paradoxa – yellow coneflower species crossed with E. purpurea to produce new hybrids
E. tennesseensis –upturned dark mauve petals around greenish pink cone (another LCN favorite!)
E. purpurea ‘Ruby Star’ (‘Rubinstern’) – large, flat-topped purple-pink flowerhead
E. purpurea ‘White Swan’ – elegant white flowerheads with orange-brown cones
E. Big Sky ‘Sunrise’ – cheery butter yellow petals surrounding golden cones