The "Prairie Glow," which have orange/red markings, are hidden behind the "Herbstsonne."
These hirta “Herbstsonne,” triloba “Prairie Glow,” and laciniata “Gold Glow” have me all, well, um, aglow. Never
having cosied up to the “Goldsturm,” which were too short for my needs, I am
finding that these 5-8 feet tall varieties provide just the late summer oomph
demanded when things can begin to look a bit less than fresh.
Though it seems I am always behind. The big excitement now
is all around echinaceas with food-related names: “Tomato Soup,” “Mac ‘n’
Cheese,” “Tangerine Dream, “ and “Coconut Lime.” (There are tons more.) My
friend Dee/reddirtramblin writes about echinacea madness here.
Most of those will not get high enough for me though (I have
a brick wall to overcome), so I’ll continue with the rudbeckia, though I doubt
they’ll start coming in double raspberry and lime green varieties, and still
maintain their height. Or can they? Terra Nova? Proven Winners? Are you
listening? Would I even want such a thing? Probably not, but it would be interesting to see them try.