To brighten up the herbaceous border, coreopsis must be considered, with masses of predominantly yellow flowers in July. It is great for attracting bees into the garden. Some varieties such as 'Sunray' produce ruffled flowers rather that the traditional singles whilst others have reddish markings near the start of each petal.
Coreopsis is easy to grow but needs to be grown in full sun to show it at its best. It is generally trouble free. Most coreopsis are perennial, lasting for several years but dieing back to ground level each winter before producing fresh growth in the spring.
There are also a few annual varieties suitable for summer bedding, these require the same growing conditions.
Growing to between 30cm and 60cm (1-2 ft) it is well suited to the front or middle of a border. It will grow in most soil types although it dislikes water-logging so mix some horticultural sand into the soil before planting.
Try planting coreopsis with gaillardia, rudbeckia and helenium or even dahlias to produce a fiery coloured border.
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