One of the easy care perennial plants for the border Coreopsis are a wildflower from Florida and nearby areas. Flowering in late summer this bright and lively plants include C. verticillata and C. grandiflora with the former being a more refined plant with fine foliage.
In a good soil they need very little care, however in long dry summer periods some extra water may be required.
Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’
A very attractive red flowering cultivar Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’ is a low growing compact form that is covered in attractive ruby red flowers right through from late spring to autumn. Also known as ‘Ruby Tickseed’
Reaching around 50cm in height this mound forming perennial looks great in the border, however it will require a little water during our dry summers
Coreopsis ‘Sweet Dreams’
Taller growing than ‘Limerock Ruby’, Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Sweet Dreams’ with its whit tipped raspberry red petals will reach nearly 70cm in height. Long flowering and with the tall growth habit the flowers will move gently in the wind. Golden centre like most varieties adds a little contrast. Over time it will form a neat clump which can be easily divided in early spring.
Coreopsis ‘Fruit Punch’
This colourful two tone pink to white and red variety is a cultivar of Coreopsis verticillata. Lower growing than sone to around 40cm this is long flowering and easily pruned to maintain shape.
- A humus rich moist soil and a sunny position will see most varieties’ thrive.
- Well drained soil is essential, however moisture during the growing season is required.
- After the first flush of flowers the plant can be clipped back with some garden shears to encourage a better second flush of flowers. This can be repeated.
Coreopsis are available for sale from the following nurseries
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
Large range of Rare, Unusual and Old Fashioned Perennials. Includes Artemisias, Achilleas, Geraniums, Geums, Salvias, Penstemon and Francoa.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.