The other day, I went to my local nursery looking for a Purple Coneflower to add to my garden. I was delighted to find out that Monrovia has come out with three new coneflowers. They are the Pink Double Delight Coneflower, the Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower, and the Milkshake Coneflower. Of course, I always get excited whenever I visit a nursery, but I was ecstatic about these three new coneflowers.
Unfortunately, my local garden nursery was out of the Milkshake Coneflower and had just a few pots left of the other two new coneflowers. I bought one pot of the Double Delight Coneflower and one pot of the Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower. I always buy just one pot of any new plant because I need to “test” them in the high altitude and to make sure they’re deer and rabbit resistant. I’ve found that a lot of hybrids become a main feast for wildlife.
These new coneflowers are available now at nurseries that sell plants from Monrovia. I consider Monrovia to be the best greenhouse company in this country as they seem to have only high quality plants, shrubs, and trees. Whenever I see a Monrovia tag on a plant, I have no second thoughts except whether or not the plant is deer and rabbit resistant. That I need to find out by myself.
Monrovia does not sell directly to customers, however, you can visit them online to find out which garden nurseries near you carry their plants. Just click on Monrovia for their website.
Okay, back to the new coneflowers. All three of these coneflowers have patents pending by Monrovia. Here’s a brief description of each coneflower as described on the Monrovia tag or their website.
Pink Double Delight Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
I’m really excited about this one. Monrovia has been able to create this non-traditional looking coneflower by producing a double-flower. The Pink Double Delight Coneflower should have a long blooming season beginning in early summer to fall. Like most coneflowers, it needs full sun and once established needs occasional water. Monrovia states that it’s a fast grower to about 16 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It prefers Zones 4-9 and its color is beautiful. It’s a bright, very pretty pinkish-purple that will blend in well with your summer flowers as well as your fall flowers. What I really liked about this coneflower is that apparently, I’ll be able to divide clumps every 2-3 years which will give me more plants. I like that idea. I strongly suggest looking for this very different new coneflower.
Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower (Echinacea ‘CBG Cone 2’)
The Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower looks more like the traditional Purple Coneflower. The color is more pinkish, and it has an interesting orange center. What Monrovia has managed with this coneflower is to create a compact habit. Monrovia states that the Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower is extremely prolific during blooming season. The combination of pink and orange colors make it a great fall-colored flower. My pot of Pixie Meadowbrite Coneflower is very dense due to its compact habit. It blooms in the summer and grows 18-20 inches tall and about 24 inches wide. It needs full to partial sun and is good for Zones 4-9. I really like its dense habit.
Milkshake Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Milkshake’ P.P.A.F.)
As I mentioned, my local nursery was out of this one but you can view it online at the Monrovia website. This is another double-flowered coneflower and very non-traditional looking. It has white double blooms and it blooms June through fall. This coneflower also needs full sun. Monrovia states that the Milkshake Coneflower is a fast grower and can get to be 2-3 feet tall and about 2 feet wide. It’s a big one so if you have plenty of space or need a background plant, this may be the right plant for you. If you have a dark colored house, this would look fabulous up against it. This coneflower is for Zones 5-9. To view this new plant, click here.
These three new coneflowers are all in the same family as the Purple Coneflower which means they’re hardy, easy to care for, and beautiful. All three can be used for cuttings and they attract butterflies.
My suggestion? Call your local nursery to check and see if they carry Monrovia plants, and get down there to check out these new coneflowers. They’re beauties.