Sunday, February 12, 2012

Coreopsis 'Sweet Dreams'


An improvement in the pink flowered coreopsis, 'Sweet Dreams' quickly has risen up the ranks to be one of the top 5 sellers of all coreopsis. The range of flowers range from light pink all the way to dark pink. The fall flowers lean towards the darker range. A long bloom season that includes all summer and some of the fall. A must add to your garden.

Height:
12-20 inches

Spread: 18-24 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall

Flower Color: Light Pink to Dark Pink

Flower Size: 1.5 inch

Zone: 5-9

Coreopsis 'Cosmic Eye'



Another fine selection from renowned coreopsis breeder Darryl Probst

Height:
12-15 inches

Spread: 12-15 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall

Flower Color: Yellow with Dark Eye

Flower Size: 1.5-2 inch

Zone: 5-9

Coreopsis 'Citrine'


If only it were hardier up north, this would be a game changer. If you live in zone 7 or warmer you're a lucky person. This little groundhugger has great color and blooms from spring until fall. Its coreopsis like this that make me wish I lived in southern Oregon.

Height:
5 inches

Spread: 20 inches

Bloom Time: Spring to Early Fall

Flower Color: Yellow

Flower Size: 1 inch

Zone: 7-9

Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'


Photo courtesy of Wally Grom
Other than Moonbeam, this is the best selling coreopsis out there. Highly drought tolerant and easy to grow, Zagreb is a tickseed that blooms and blooms all summer. It is not an invasive spreader but will certainly fill an area with time and therefore is a perfect candidate for dividing every few year. One of my favorite coreopsis, if not my favorite.

Height: 112-15 inches

Spread: 12-15 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall

Flower Color: Yellow

Flower Size: 1 inch

Zone: 4-9

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'

Picture courtesy of Terry Gray

By far and away the best selling Coreopsis. When people think of tickseed, this is the plant they are always thinking of. Moonbeam will bloom the entire summer and the hotter the drier, the better. Perennially in the top 5 best selling perennials in the United States. A good clumping variety with Zagreb being similar with Zagreb showing a bit more aggressive horizontal growth.

Height:
18-24 inches

Spread: 18-24 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall

Flower Color: Yellow

Flower Size: 1 inch

Zone: 4-9

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Coreopsis 'Cherry Lemonade'


Photo courtesy of Terra Nova Nursery

This is only an annual in most zones but is still absolutely worth growing. The amazing foliage alone is worth growing but add in the cherry colored flowers and you have a real eye catcher. New for 2010


Height:
8 inches

Spread: 14 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Early Fall

Flower Color: Cherry Red

Flower Size: 1 inches

Zone: 9-11

Coreopsis 'Red Shift'





Another release from rockstar hybridizer Daryl Probst. A large yellow flower that adds red tinges gradually turns red as the cool temperatures come on. The summer color is not that different than many other varieties out there but the fall color is very nice. We're viewing this as a replacement/improvement variety for other yellows as it has better fall color, rather than a must add. We think you'll be seeing a lot more of this tickseed in the future.

Height:
30-36 inches

Spread: 24-30 inches

Bloom Time: Summer to Fall

Flower Color: Yellow then turning red with cold temperatures
Flower Size: 2 inches

Zone: 5-9