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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Echinaceas: new in the 2010/2011 PlantFinder

Posted by Graham Rice on 08 Apr 2010 at 10:00 AM

Echinacea 'Hot Summer'.Continuing our look at the new plants in the recently published 2010/2011 RHS PlantFinder, echinaceas now take the stage. There are fifteen new echinaceas included, although a number of them are only available from one source, but three of the new echinaceas are easier to find.

The new echinacea with the most stockists is ‘Hot Summer’ (left), which I wrote up as long ago as January last year when it appeared in a plant catalogue issued by one of the seed companies. Now seven PlantFinder nurseries have it. ‘Hot Summer’ is a single-flowered type whose flowers open yellow, mature through orange to scarlet – the result is flowers in all three colours on the plant at the same time.

Echinacea 'Flame Thrower'. Image ©Terra Nova Nurseries

 Also new this year is ‘Flame Thrower’. This is one of the Prairie Pillars Series from the USA, with long stems for cutting and dramatic two tone flowers - each petal is orange at the base and yellow at the tips around a rich honey eye. This is one of the first bicoloured varieties.

Finally, ‘Lucky Star’. This is a clear pure white, the broad petals surrounding an orange-yellow cone and the petals are held horizontally so the impact of the flower is enhanced. Derived from the well known ‘Rubinstern’, this is a very robust plant and, unlike some new varieties, is very easy to grow in a variety of conditions.

All these three new echinaceas are now available, check the new 2010/2011 RHS PlantFinder for stockists. The new edition will be online soon.

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richardpeeej said:

I am growing Echinaceas for the first time this year Graham they are called purpurea so hope they come OK. I have started off the seeds so am waiting for them to germinate at the moment.

Richard

on 11 Apr 2010 at 06:54 PM

Graham Rice said:

Richard, you echinaceas sound as if they're the old favourites - which are the most robust but don't have the exotic colouring of those I mentioned.

on 11 Apr 2010 at 08:37 PM