Day 257: Echinacea 'Southern Belle'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


I’m not sure how I feel about ‘fun’ flowers – I don’t want a garden that looks like a corner of Toys ‘R’ Us (RIP) – but there’s something about this pink coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Southern Belle’ that makes me smile. It’s unashamedly extrovert with the central pompom of its double flowers with the longer, downward facing petals like a grand skirt – and all of this in shocking pink. I think I might just have to grow it next year, and maybe even start sneaking it into terribly serious and sophisticated plantings. 

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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, blogger, podcaster, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking the image above.