This fall I planted two new Echinacea’s in the garden.
I love Echinacea for its hardiness and add them because they draw the pollinators into the garden. There are so many pretty new colors and double blooming varieties offered every year that you are bound to find at least one that will fit into your garden scheme.
Since I have had luck with the double blooming varieties I wanted to add this “Double Scoop Raspberry” to the garden.
The only Fancy Echinacea that I have really had trouble with was the “Double Decker” Echinacea. It has lost its feathered top layer after a couple of years and has reverted back to single blooms.
So the jury is out as to whether some these new doubles will hold their double blooms in their maturity.
While on a visit to Franklin Park this Fall I found “Double Scoop Raspberry” growing in their test gardens so I was able to see what it looked like up close and personal. After seeing it I knew then that I was going to love this new one blooming in my garden next year.
The pictures here were in direct sunlight so the color may look a little washed out but be aware it is not the deep color of raspberry that is shown in the advertisement pictures of it.
Some information on Echinacea x purpurae Double Scoop Raspberry:
Grows best in full sun
Hardiness to Zones 5a – 9b
28 to 30 inches tall
Spreads 24 to 28 inches
Good in beds, borders or as a cut flower blooming in the summer
Other varieties from the Double Scoop family are “Orangeberry” and “Bubblegum”. Double Scoop Bubblegum looks a lot like the Double Delight Echinacea.
Photo Courtesy of Direct Gardening
”Secret Joy Echinacea ” is another new double that was offered this year. I have planted two of those in the garden to try out.
The double yellow blooms is what drew my attention to this one.
I ordered these from the Direct Gardening family of nurseries and when they arrived they were both quite dead and would not come out of it so I had to have them replaced. When the replacements arrived they were not in any better shape and I am hoping the roots survive and grow. So… if you are interested in this one you may want to find other nurseries not in the Direct Gardening family which includes Royal Dutch Gardens, Burgess, Kelly Nurseries, Four Seasons Nursery, Richard Owen Nursery, Honey Oak Nursery and House of Wesley.
Direct Gardening mails their plants all thrown into a plastic bag to make everything cheaper and I understand this in today’s market. But your plants may arrive smashed, moldy or as mine were rotten and smashed. They do readily replace the plants but you have to have saved the actual shipping label from front of the mailing sack which list the plants enclosed.
To be fair I have gotten lilies and bare root roses from them and they grew fine but bare root roses do not have much to hurt in this mailing process. So I am just throwing this information out to you who would like to buy from them.
It looks like a fantastic few days for weather here in the hills this week so we will enjoy them while they last.