Old-fashioned Coneflowers

I have these old standby coneflowers planted in my boulevard bed. photo photo

 They’re old-hat by the flashy standards of the newer coneflower varieties, but these white ones have a sweet perfume and they bloom for months.photo

All coneflowers have coarse foliage and look better in an informal setting. I pair them with liatris and ornamental grasses, which more closely matches their natural prairie origins.

When they start blooming it’s a sure sign that we are knee deep in summer.

Sometimes, I think the best part of gardening is how it keeps you tightly grounded in the rhythm of the seasons.

In gardening, you can’t cling to what’s past or hurry the future.  Seems that the lowly coneflower holds a mighty big lesson about living in the moment.  Who knew?photo

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