Photo: Blackstem Plants
Echinacea purpurea 'Pink Parasol'
Popularised by the master of the prairie style, Piet Oudolf, Echinacea have become a must have plant. This popularity has led to some fairly radical hybrids being introduced that possess a very exotic range of colours and a highly capricious nature.
Many are totally unreliable performers that merit being treated as annuals.
We've found Pink Parasol to be a decent trouper in both the nursery and our garden.
It's large flowered with long, deep pink petals surrounding a bright orange central cone. Once established, bushy plants produce many clusters of tall flowering stems.
Echinacea are relatively short lived perennials even in the wild so in the UK climate expect to replace plants every 2 - 3 years. A thick dry mulch in winter can prolong their lifespan.
Deep pink, orange centre
Well drained, sand, clay, loam