The Modern Southern Garden: Purple Coneflowers

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Purple Coneflowers

The modern southern garden should have a variety of wild color scattered about. Purple Coneflowers, scientifically referred to as Echinacea purpurea, are a bright, cheery perennial that should be included in every cutting garden. These native American beauties spread by rhizomes & take the heat of the summer particularly well as Purple Coneflowers are drought tolerant. Once the plants bloom, expect the flowers to last week after week after week during the hot summer months which add vibrant color to landscapes. This lovely specimen boasts many varieties including ‘Magnus Superior’, ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ & ‘Double Decker’, the latter of which features an added layer of petals on the top of the cone– it is magnificent! It should be noted that Echinacea offers many beautiful hues & flower styles beyond the typical top hat. ‘Sunrise’ offers blooms that change from green to gold while ‘Razzmatazz’ features double-flowering red petals which look much like an arched mum. Learn how to use Purple Coneflowers when entertaining is planned.

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How To Create Beautiful Arrangements With Purple Coneflowers 

Lovely flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Purple Coneflowers are a beautiful sun-loving plant that add vibrant color & texture to the garden. The blooms may be used to create simple arrangements perfect for entertaining.

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Once you are familiar with several plant varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. If you don’t have these staples growing in your green space, select & plant one now from a local nursery to use in a number of lovely ways. ‘Powwow’ Wild Berry which is featured today, offers rich, saturated color & plentiful blooms from each plant. They are easy to grow & maintain, attract butterflies & birds, resistant to deer & may be used for sweeps of color behind low growing border plants or installed in containers. Expect each specimen to grow 16-inches high by 20-inches wide & water this summer stunner regularly to maintain the color. In the garden, Purple Coneflowers pair well with other classic specimens such as Shasta Daisies & Flore Pleno Daylily. When you’re ready to handcraft arrangements, snip the stems early in the day. They may be paired with a variety of items such as caladiumlamb’s ears & salvias for sweet, seasonal bouquets. 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Football Fanatic * Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Instructor * Cooking & Baking Tutorials * Media Personality * Baking & Pastry Artist * Gardener * Runner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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