On display are fiery orange Cheyenne spirit coneflowers, PowWow White coneflowers, and eastern purple coneflowers, all crowded so closely together that the lawn has practically vanished.
The distinctive near-fluorescent tones of the coneflower aren’t just ideal for brightening up a monochrome lawn, they’re also well suited to low-maintenance, water-wise gardening because they grow natively in the central and eastern half of the U.S.
That means that cultivating coneflowers is far less water intensive — and therefore less costly — than maintaining water-guzzling grass.
The coneflower is also drought-resistant, which makes it more resilient in the extreme hot, dry temperatures increasingly hitting the U.S. than patches of brown, parched grass.
The coneflower does more than survive its habitat — it enhances it. One study found that coneflowers can help to purify soil that has been contaminated by crude oil.
Coneflowers are pollen-rich flowers, too, so they attract pollinating insects, butterflies, and birds to gardens.
Gardeners looking to rewild their garden for endangered insects would do well to plant a flower bed of blooming coneflowers.
“What a lush, colorful slice of heaven!” one Redditor commented.
“It’s like a little painting,” another agreed.
“I’m having serious coneflower envy,” wrote another.
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