Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Each year brings all kinds of new flowers, some of which are suitable for floral designs. The following new coreopsis cultivars are especially suitable for cutting gardens.
Coreopsis is sometimes called tickseed. Several new perennial cultivars are available. These make great cut flowers.
Coreopsis Redshift is somewhat reminiscent of cosmos. These have large, multi-hued, single petals. The color pattern can vary depending on the age of the flower. Some are creamy with red tones at the base of the petals. Others have red streaking on the creamy petals. As the flowers age, the petals become infused with tones of yellow or cream.
Redshift blooms throughout the summer. The broad, flattened petals are notched at the tips. The centers are yellow. Its stems are three feet in height. This perennial is hardy to zone five or so.
Coreopsis Sienna Sunset has narrow, burnt orange petals. These have a touch of yellow at the base. The petals look fragile and fine textured. Sienna Sunset is recommended for zones five through nine. It reaches about 1˝ feet in height. The blossoms open throughout the summer and fall. This cultivar is hardy in zones four through eight.
Coreopsis Ruby Frost is a delightful new perennial with unusual bicolored single blooms. Hardy in zones seven through nine, the stems reach over two feet in height. While most of the petals are red, there is irregular edging of white around the edges along with some splotches of reddish-purple.
All of the coreopsis plants require full sun. They’ll grow in most any garden soil so long as it is well drained and fertile. These new plants will be available in garden centers and elsewhere.
Coreopsis stems are used as mass flowers and as small filler flowers. They’re perfect for summer bouquets, and have a vase life of about ten days or so. The stems are ready to harvest when the blooms are starting to unfurl.
These new coreopsis plants will be available at garden centers and the usual sources.