Garden Giveaway: Beautiful Echinaceas from Burpee

| 12/14/2010 12:34:37 PM

GinaIt's officially seed catalog season. The Herb Companion has been receiving tons and tons of beautiful seed catalogs, both in print and digital format. One digital seed catalog that caught my eye was Burpee. This seed and transplant company now offers a wide assortment of echinaceas for 2011.

Since our May 2010 issue, I've been obsessed with cutting-edge coneflowers. In fact, I went out of my way last spring to find unusual varieties at my local nursery, Sunrise Garden Center. I was specifically interested in Echinace purpurea 'Pink Double Delight'. It looks like a fluffy garden confection! I transplated my new treasure to my backyard. Unfortunately, it didn't fare very well. (I blame my lack of gardening skills and the savage rabbits that think my garden bed is a free-for-all buffet.) However, I'm determined to try again and these Burpee seeds and transplants have only inspired me further to chase my love of all things pretty in pink.

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I found inspiration in our May 2010 issue and planted 'Pink Double Delight' in my yard.
Photos by Allison Martin and Gina DeBacker

Here are five of Burpee's ornamental echinaces that I thought you might enjoy learning more about:

Raspberry Truffle. This double coneflower's raspberry-colored petals adorn dark chocolate stems, which reach 30 inches and thrive in full sun to partial shade. Plant to attract birds. (Zones 3 to 8.)

PowWow White. These delicate white petals add an angelic quality to any garden. They grow 20 to 24 inches and thrive in full sun to partial shade. (Zones 3 to 8.)