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New echinacea varieties

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This is a great time of year to look at other gardens to see what you might want to plant next year. It's getting a little late in the year, but the flowers are still looking good, especially the annual flowers. There are a couple in this garden that are all American Selections winners, which means they've got awards because they are such a great flower! And they're fairly new.

One variety is the "Cheyenne Spirit" echinacea. What's really fun about these is that you can grow them from seed, and instead of having to get all of these different colors from different varieties, you can get one packet of seed that has a whole multitude of colorful echinacea in it. They have colors from yellow to orange to red to purple all in one packet. When they grow, they flower the first year from seed, which is another nice thing. And they stay small and compact.

Right next to them is a new echinacea variety, called "Pow Wow Wild Berry." Those are pretty, too. They have rosy purplish petals on very compact plants that grow only 14-inches tall. And they are very bushy. They are a really nice annual echinacea to have in the garden. These varieties might come back next year but chances are they aren't as strong as the regular echinacea. If you grow echinacea, butterflies and bees like them. They have a lot of different uses in the garden.

Another one I see that's really nice is a new zinnia. This is a "Salmon Double Profusion" zinnia. It doesn't look like a zinnia, or not like a normal zinnia. The profusion series has been around for a while. They tend to be low mounding plants with small flowers. This is a double-flowered one, so you can see there are more petals in it. And it's a salmon color, which is kind of unique in the zinnia world. And it's a nice one to have in a butterfly garden or up front in a flower border so you can really enjoy the colors. By this time of year, they are all coming into their full glory and they'll stay like this right until frost.

~By Charlie Nardozzi

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