Set your perennial border ablaze by growing Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' coneflowers. Combine 'Tiki Torch' with 'White Swan', the green 'Coconut Lime' and a few yellow varieties in a stunning coneflower garden.
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The pumpkin orange flowers topped by bronze cones ringed with gold crowns make this Echinacea purpurea plant a stand-out in the late summer border.
The fragrant orange coneflowers appear on 30 inch stems from summer through fall. Plants are well branched and will produce an abundance of blooms once they have matured though small plants can be slow to establish.
They also become more cold hardy as they mature. If all you can obtain is small transplants, it may be best to plant them in pots or a warm spot in the garden so that they will have some protection during their first winter.
Set plants 18 inches apart in a sunny location. The bright shade at the edge of a woodland is also a good location for coneflowers to naturalize.
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Plant Echinacea 'Tiki Torch' with a yellow coneflower, perhaps Rudbeckia Goldsturm.
This variety is drought tolerant and deer resistant but it will not tolerate salt spray.
Mildew can be an issue if plants are grown under crowded conditions or with poor air circulation.
'Tiki Torch' flowers are attractive to butterflies and small birds. At times, Japanese beetles will muscle in on the feast.
If the beetles become a nuisance, carry a jar of soapy water into the garden and flick them into it. You will soon be rid of these pests.
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