HARDY PERENNIALS: COREOPSIS

The type most often seen is C. grandiflora usually raised from seed, but though flowering is profuse, plants seldom recover from one seasons exhaustive performance. Not so with other lesser known kinds. C. verticillata makes ample growth below ground with which to carry on for years and the growth above ground is quite delightful. The neat, narrow leaved bushes reach P/2-2 feet and from June to August are covered with a long succession of bright yellow flowers. The variety C. verticillata grandiflora is slightly larger and deeper coloured. C. lanceolata in the true form is most like the ordinary C. grandiflora but is also a true, long lived perennial. Growth is upright to 2 feet, and the 2 inch wide flowers come on slender, single stalks. C. ‘Goldfink’ is a charming midget, with quite large flowers only 6-8 inches above close tufty plants. These have a small brownish centre zone. Flowering is profuse, from June to early September, but where any lack of basal growth is noticed by that time a cut-back to ground level should encourage it to begin, and with this renewed basal growth, no winter loss should occur. Spring division of the above Coreopsis is advised.

COREOPSIS lanceolata

COREOPSIS lanceolata

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