|Purple Coneflower grows in the border with orange Asiatic lily 'Enchantment'.|
|Beautiful color echoes: orange discs at center of coneflower with hint of matching hues in the lily behind it.|
It isn't a combination I can really take credit for. I just planted both in the same general area and when the vigorous stand of coneflower and the number of lilies reached critical mass, their allure and color echoes were nothing short of magical. A gift from Mother Nature not to be denied...or overlooked. Worth nurturing for sure. But of course, season after season, I took its appearance in the perennial border for granted, not noticing that with each subsequent year the combo was losing its zeal, eventually being barely noticeable, much less incredible.
|Enchantment Lilies with yellow lantana growing at its feet.|
|Bees love coneflower as much as butterflies and humans do.|
It is my experience that coneflower that matures and grows from seed (just the common purple coneflower) is far superior in beauty and performance to any that can purchased in plant form.
|The orange sparks shooting out from the center of a purple coneflower. Perfect color echo of orange 'Enchantment' lilies.|
(b) order or buy them (or something equally orange lily intense) from Bulbs Direct(here) or The Lily Garden(here) or a retail source for fall planting...and in greater numbers with vastly improved drainage. Read my post 5 Ways to Use Gravel in the Garden (here) for some tips on this subject. Huge, deep planting hole + drainage amendments = stellar lily performance.
|Orange lilies look equally as beautiful with blue stokesia and nasturtium in the planting scheme.|
lest I forget just what a wonderful tableau it created.With or without accompanying wildlife. :)