Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Coreopsis rosea x 'Limerock Ruby'

Coreopsis x 'Limerock Ruby' with Aster fricartii 'Monch' in foreground, Dianthus 'Mrs Sinkins' in background and purple foliaged Iresine 'Purple Lady'
This group of perennials was photographed in the Nursery in their growing pots but in a garden bed the Dianthus and Iresine would need to be planted as an edging with the Coreopsis and Aster behind. Coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby' is a US variety introduced into the Nursery trade in about 2002.
Like most Coreopsis it likes well drained ,gritty or sandy soil to grow well ; full sun and only moderate fertilizer or the growth will become too lax and soft and it will flop over .It goes to ground over Winter but is remarkable because it flowers for so long that in a frost free climate it still produces a few tiny flowers even at ground level at the first sign of warm days.

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