Coreopsis - Growing Guide

Coreopsis - Growing Guide


Coreopsis are spectacular perennial plants which originate from the prairies of north and central America. Most have daisy-like, bright, startling yellow flower heads on long stalks and are good for cutting and flower arranging. The varieties which we grow are fully hardy and free flowering. Taller growing varieties may need some support. Coreopsis enjoy well drained soil in full sunlight in a border. They are quite happy in dappled shade as well. Deadheading as the flowers are going over will encourage more flower shoots. These plants can also readily be grown in pots, in planters in patios or in the greenhouse. If grown from seed they may well produce flowers in the first season.

Coreopsis can be grown from seed sown in early spring but, if you have more than one variety growing in your garden, these may well not come true to type. The easiest way to propagate these plants is to lift and divide clumps in the spring.

C. grandiflora ‘Sunray’ grows to around 2-2½ft in height with a similar spread. The flowers are a double rich yellow.

C. verticellata ‘Grandiflora’ grows to a similar height and has dark yellow flower heads.

C. verticellata ‘Moonbeam’ is slightly smaller in height and has lemon-yellow flowers. 

C. ‘Ruby Frost’ is the only variety we offer which does not have yellow flowers. Instead the flowers here are a deep red edged in frosty white.


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