Echinacea purpurea PRAIRIE SPLENDOR – This seed-grown Coneflower was a 2007 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner and it always blooms in its first year. The large rose-pink flowers have contrasting orange cones and they bloom up to 2 weeks earlier (June to frost) than other Echinacea. Seedheads can be left for the birds in winter. Grows 24″ high by 18-24″. Zone 3.
Echinacea ‘Secret Glow’ – A new variety for 2013 with glowing golden double anemone-type blooms with a prominent fluffy center and pendulous ray petals. It flowers from July to October and will definitely bring the butterflies to your garden. This is also a floriferous cultivar, with up to 35 flower stems per plant. Grows 24-30″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.
Echinacea ‘Julia’ – Another 2013 introduction for all you gardeners looking for a compact (and slightly creamier coloured) version of Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’. It is named after a European butterfly of the same reddish-orange colour, with blooms up to 4″ across. The plants are well-branched and make long-lasting cut flowers. Grows 15-18″ high by 18-24″ wide. Zone 4.
Echinacea ‘Maui Sunshine’ – Sweetly scented bright yellow blooms with a complimenting golden cone fade to a paler hue with time. This Terra Nova introduction features floriferous, well-branched plants with strong stems. These are best grown in full sun with sharp drainage in winter. Deadhead to promote repeat blooming. Grows 30″ high by 30″ wide. Zone 4.
Echinacea purpurea ‘Raspberry Truffle’ – Part of the Cone-Fections Series with salmon-pink flowers with prominent double centers and drooping ray petals. The chocolate-coloured stems are quite strong and not prone to flopping. This 2012 introduction is compact but may grow taller in very fertile soils. Attracts butterflies. Grows 18-22″ high by 24-30″. Zone 4.