03 Oct Worthy of Words Wednesday 10.3.2012 – These ain’t your parents Coreopsis!
Worthy of Words Wednesday, because sometimes being worth a thousand words isn’t enough!
Plant hybridizing has exploded over the past 10 years, and has brought us a wide variety of truly wonderful new cultivars. It has brought a few duds also, and up until a recent trip to Sunny Border Nurseries, I had wondered about some of the new Coreopsis introductions. We have gotten away from using Coreopsis in our projects, bland and ubiquitous yellows from the old tried and true varieties had lost my interest, and brilliant new color introductions proved not to be hardy enough for our Connecticut gardens. It looks as though Daryl Probst has changed that. Through his “Big Bang” series of Coreosis, he has brought us some wonderfully dazzling color in a long blooming, garden friendly plant, that has survived well in his Massachusetts zone 5 test gardens. The blocks in these pictures below, caught my eye from quite a distance. These are just a few of the newer introductions, and after seeing them close up, I’m ready to reintroduce my clients to the genus Coreopsis!
Check out the individual flower color in these cultivars, then the effect that massing them would achieve. Click on each of the photos for a great close up look at each! Impressive, no? Tell me what you think, would like to see Coreopsis in your garden?