Worthy of Words Wednesday 10.3.2012 – These ain’t your parents Coreopsis!

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?

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis x ‘Star Cluster’

 

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis x ‘Star Cluster’

 

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis x ‘Cosmic Evolutuion’

 

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis x ‘Cosmic Evolutuion’

 

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Route 66’

 

"Scott Hokunson" "Blue Heron Landscape Design"
Coreopsis verticillata ‘Route 66’

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Worthy of Words Wednesday 10.3.2012 – These ain’t your parents Coreopsis!

  1. Okay, you have me rethinking coreopsis, if that Route 66 color really is hardy. I love that one massed. Like you, I lost interest in the pale yellow, it never did well, and then I kept losing the more colorful Ruby Limerock one & others. Gave up on them entirely except for a big tall species wildflower golden coreopsis that thrives and is beautiful but unkempt.

    I do like Route 66 if it’s a survivor!

    1. Hi Laurrie!

      I am hearing great things about these, and some even newer introductions set to hit the market in 2013, and I am tending to believe what I hear. The first intro in the series ‘Full Moon’, has been a tough as nails plant for me, and since the rest have like parentage I expect the same.

      I will tell you that if red is your color, then you are in for a treat. Daryl has 20 or so red varieties in trial, with one ready for release next spring. ‘Mercury Rising’ has cherry-red blooms, June to October. Woot!

      Of course as responsible gardeners, we must practice restraint and trial them ourselves. Maybe we could start with only a few hundred… 🙂

      Best,

      Scott

    1. Hi Patti!

      Thanks for commenting, and thanks for a beautiful plant! Saw this in one of my wholesale nurseries and fell for it right away. I’ll be sure to check out the rest of the series too.

      Best,

      Scott

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