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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Rising Sun' is another Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner. It's unique in a couple ways: First, it begins blooming weeks earlier than other varieties of coreopsis. Then there's the flower itself. 'Rising Sun' has semi-double, fringed golden flowers with a red dot at the base of each petal. The 2-inch flowers are relatively large for the species, but the growth habit and ease of maintenance are everything you'd expect.
Amp up the color in your flower borders with coreopsis. This amazing native plant, occasionally called tickseed, develops mass quantities of yellow, orange, rose, lavender, white, or bi-colored flowers through the early summer. Coreopsis is sun-loving, drought-tolerant and highly attractive to hungry butterflies. Most coreopsis varieties grow 18 to 24 inches tall, but dwarf forms that grow only 6-12 inches tall are also available. Use dwarf coreopsis in rock gardens or at the edge of path or walkway. Hardy from zones 4-9.In the midst of the frenzy of tender and hardy varieties springing up from east to west, we started a new coreopsis trial. From the beginning, there was more to trial than just the avalanche of colorful hybrids. For instance, we included a few natives that gardeners might not know well.
Coreopsis can be annual (completing their lifecycle in one year) or perennial (lasting for several years). Perennial coreopsis mostly bear yellow flowers with some pink-flowered and bicoloured varieties too. Annual varieties offer a wider flower colour range including orange, pink and red as well as yellow. The pretty and colourful coreopsis daisies are borne in profusion and are predominantly single, with some doubles. Plant perennial coreopsis in autumn or spring so they can establish before the main growing season, although plants can also be planted in summer as long as they’re watered until established. Space plants 40-50 cm apart depending on variety size. (Source: www.gardenersworld.com)