Coneflower Explosion: New and Unusual Varieties

Add floral fireworks to your garden with new coneflowers that dazzle with exciting flower forms and a rainbow of petal colors.
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Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Double Delight’

Bring out the pompons! You’ll cheer when you add 'Pink Double Delight' coneflower to your garden. The cones feature a fluffy pink form skirted with pink petals. Blooms fade to lavender as they age. Plants grow 2 feet tall and are hardy in zones 3 to 9.

Echinacea ‘Ferris Wheel’

'Ferris Wheel' coneflower keeps the floral fun coming from midsummer until frost with pretty ruffled petals arranged around cones like the spokes of a wagon wheel. Plants bear many blooms—you’ll have plenty for bouquets when you add this perennial to your garden. Flowers top out at 3 feet; plants are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea ‘Maui Sunshine’

Bright orange cones surrounded with a ring of yellow petals make 'Maui Sunshine' coneflower glow in the garden. Plants form 2-foot-tall clumps; flower stems bring the height to just shy of 3 feet. 'Maui Sunshine' is hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Double Decker’

Stir up conversation by including 'Double Decker' coneflower in your garden. Flower color mimics traditional purple coneflower, but that’s where the resemblance stops. Cones boast a two-tiered look with a topknot of petals and a dangling petal petticoat. Plants reliably produce double-decker blooms from the second growing season onward. In flower, plants rise to 40 inches. This coneflower is hardy in zones 3 to 8.

Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’

It’s bold, beautiful and bigger than its cousins. In fact, 'Tomato Soup' coneflower unfurls blooms up to 6 inches across in a shade of red that’s almost electric. Pair this perennial with Russian sage and 'Mac ‘n’ Cheese' coneflower for an eye-popping combination. Full sun coaxes the strongest flower color. Plants top out at 32 inches tall and wide and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Mac ‘n’ Cheese’

Comfort food in bloom—that’s what 'Mac ‘n’ Cheese' coneflower is all about. With its cheese-colored petals, the 4.5-inch blooms command attention in the landscape. Pair it with 'Tomato Soup' coneflower for a visual garden feast. Expect plants to reach a modest 26 inches tall. This coneflower is hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Adam Saul’

Sold as 'Crazy Pink' coneflower, 'Adam Saul' is a prolific bloomer with flower power to spare. Expect a one-year-old plant to pump out over 100 blooms. This is definitely the right coneflower to include in a cutting garden. Pink petals dangle beneath an orange cone; flowers are fragrant. Plants grow to 30 inches tall and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Green Jewel’

'Green Jewel' coneflower boasts a fresh blossom color—with fragrance. Light green petals radiate from a green cone. These blooms are the perfect cooling element between bright-hued perennials and glow when paired with dark foliage, like 'Black Lace' elderberry. Plants grow to a tidy 2 feet tall and are hardy in zones 3 to 8.

Echinacea ‘Katie Saul’

Also sold as 'Big Sky Summer Sky' coneflower, 'Katie Saul' coneflower brings bicolor beauty to the garden. Petals fade from cherry red near the coppery cone to peach at the tips. Five-inch-wide flowers open starting in midsummer and continue until frost. Plants grow 2 to 3 feet and are hardy in zones 3 to 9.

Echinacea ‘Flame Thrower’

Celebrated for its thick stems that support 3- to 4-inch flowers, 'Flame Thrower' coneflower ignites the garden with its two-toned blooms. Petals fade from red-orange at the center to gold edges. Cones contrast in copper shades. For garden artistry, partner it with peach-toned coralbells or 'Autumn Joy' sedum. Plants reach 40 inches high in bloom and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Milkshake’

Serve cooling shades of French vanilla by including 'Milkshake' coneflower in your garden. This coneflower offers double cones with a single row of drooping petals. The double cone starts as a flat yellow center that opens to a fluffy pompon. Plants flower in midsummer and rebloom in fall, topping out from 24 to 30 inches high. 'Milkshake' is hardy in zones 3 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Pink Poodle’

Fluffy, fully double flowers might cause 'Pink Poodle' coneflower to be mistaken for a zinnia. Blooms make a terrific addition to bouquets and offer sturdy stems that easily support the petal-laden, 3-inch-wide flowers. Early blossoms may appear slightly deformed until plants establish in the garden. Plants grow to 32 inches tall in bloom and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea ‘Quills and Thrills’

Quilled petals in shades of lavender-pink earn 'Quills and Thrills' coneflower its name. This perennial forms plenty of flowers each season that easily earn their keep in the garden or vase. Plants flower from midsummer to early fall. Pair with Russian sage for an eye-catching combination. Plants measure 3 feet tall in bloom and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Purity’

White horizontal petals surround orange cones on 'Purity' coneflower. Plants produce upwards of 25 flowers each growing season, yielding plenty for bouquets. Heaviest flowering occurs in summer, but you can expect some reblooming in fall. Blossoms measure 4.5 inches across. Plants grow to 26 inches tall and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.

Echinacea purpurea ‘Marmalade’

Fully double and fragrant, 'Marmalade' coneflower opens fluffy blooms atop strong stems all summer long. Orange intensity in blossoms varies depending on growing conditions. You may see tangerine tinted flowers or ones that are more orange-gold. Plants grow to 30 inches tall and are hardy in zones 4 to 9.