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Coreopsis

Coreopsis auriculata nana (‘Elfin Gold’)

Life: Perennial
Size: 3-5″ tall, 18-24″ wide

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Average, Well Drained, Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

Soil: Average to Poor

 

C. auriculata nana ‘Elfin Gold’ is a very low growing, 3-5″ tall, coreopsis with single, bright golden yellow, daisy-like flowers and small leaves. It blooms heavily in the spring and moderately throughout the summer. Over time it spreads by stolons into mats of dark green foliage, 18-24″ across. With cold weather, the foliage often acquires a burgundy cast. Makes a great border plant or groundcover for full sun, average to poor soil that drains well. As with all coreopsis, this one is quite drought tolerant once established.

Coreopsis grandiflora (Coreopsis ‘Heliot’)

Life: Perennial

 

Size: 18-20″

 

Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Average, Well Drained, Drought Tolerant Once Established

 

Soil: Neutral Sandy Loam to Clay Loam

 

Fleuroselect Gold Medal Winner in 2004. This perennial is covered with an abundance of single, 2½” sunny yellow flowers with brown centers. Unlike most Coreopsis, this variety flowers within the first year of planting. Blooms appear in early summer. Its compact, 18-20″, uniform habit makes it an excellent container plant as well as garden choice. Easy to grow, it is drought tolerant once established and prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It forms a clump that benefits from being divided every 2-3 years.

Coreopsis grandiflora (Coreopsis ‘Mayfield Giant’)

Life: Perennial
Size: 36-48″ tall, 18″ wide
Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Average, Well Drained

 

Soil: Any

 

This is the tallest and most robust of the C. grandiflora cultivars. At 36-48″ tall and 18″ wide, it is a commanding presence in the back of the garden. Its dazzling display of 3″ single, golden yellow, daisy-like flowers appears in early summer. They make great cutting flowers and attract butterflies to the garden. Deadheading will dramatically prolong flowering. This English selection has unusually glossy foliage that is much more resistant to the mildew problems that can plague some Coreopsis cultivars. Easy to grow, they love full sun and any soil as long as it drains well. The clumps benefit from dividing every 2-3 years.

Coreopsis grandiflora (Coreopsis ‘Sunfire’)

Life: Perennial
Size: 24″
Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Average, Well Drained
Soil: Any

 

Winner of the 2005 Fleuroselect Quality Award. Each golden yellow petal has a bold, wine-red mark at its base and a fringed edge. ‘Sunfire’ blooms in early summer, but regular deadheading will prolong the bloom time. This variety grows to about 24 in. tall and makes a nice clump that should be divided every 2-3 years. Plant it in full sun in any soil that drains well. It makes a great cutting flower and attracts butterflies to the garden.

Coreopsis auriculata

 

Life: Perennial
Size: 10-12″
Light: Full Sun

 

Water: Average, Well Drained, Drought Tolerant Once Established
Soil: Average to Poor

 

Coreopsis auriculata (we call it ‘Standard’, for lack of a cultivar name and to distinguish it from C. auriculata nana) looks identical to the nana variety but with larger leaves, flowers and a bigger growth habit. It is also a spreading variety and grows about 10-12 inches tall, forming large mats over time. Makes a great border plant or groundcover for full sun, average to poor soil that drains well. As with all coreopsis, this one is quite drought tolerant once established.