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Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower

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Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower

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Discover the vibrant charm of the Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower, an Echinacea hybrid that stands out with its unique and striking blooms. Perfect for gardeners seeking to add a splash of color and interest to their landscape, this perennial showcases magnificent melon-colored flowers that captivate onlookers from mid to late summer. With petals that are held horizontally, overlapping each other around matching melon cones, this plant creates a visual spectacle that is both enchanting and inviting.

Growing to a manageable height of 24 to 26 inches with a spread of 18 to 20 inches, the 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is ideal for medium-sized garden spaces, borders, or as a stunning centerpiece in container gardens. Its upright habit and dark green foliage provide a beautiful contrast to the bright orange, melon-shaded flowers, making it a standout addition to any garden setting.

Thriving in hardiness zones 4 through 8, this coneflower prefers part sun to full sun exposure, ensuring it receives at least 4 to 6 hours of sunlight daily for optimal growth and flowering. Easy to maintain, it requires average to fertile soil and is adaptable to a range of soil pH levels, from acidic to alkaline. Not only is it drought-tolerant once established, but it also offers the added benefits of attracting bees and butterflies while resisting deer, making it a great choice for eco-friendly gardens.

Plant Attributes

The Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is a perennial plant that boasts a medium height category, reaching a garden height of 24 to 26 inches and spreading out 18 to 20 inches wide. Its striking feature is the 5 to 5½ inch melon-colored flowers, complemented by matching melon cones, which are uniquely characterized by their horizontal petal arrangement and overlapping nature. This plant not only adds a fragrant touch to the garden but also holds winter interest, proving its value beyond the blooming season by attracting birds to its intact flowers.

Adorned with dark green foliage, this coneflower presents an upright growth habit, making it an excellent choice for a thriller role in container gardening or as an eye-catching element in garden beds and borders. Its flower color, an appealing shade of orange, contrasts beautifully against the dark green leaves, creating a vibrant display in any garden setting.

Landscape Use

The Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is a versatile addition to any garden or landscape, offering a range of uses that capitalize on its striking appearance and hardy nature. Here are several landscaping uses for this vibrant perennial:

  • Border Plantings: Its medium height and colorful blooms make it an excellent choice for border plantings, providing a continuous display of color from mid to late summer. When planted in a row, these coneflowers create a natural, eye-catching boundary that adds structure and vibrancy to garden edges.
  • Container Gardening: This coneflower's upright habit and manageable size also make it suitable for container gardening. Planted alone or in combination with other perennials and annuals, it can bring a pop of color to patios, balconies, and entryways. Its ability to thrive in containers allows for flexibility in garden design and placement.
  • Cut Flower Gardens: The large, fragrant, melon-colored flowers not only add beauty to the garden but also make excellent cut flowers for indoor arrangements. Their long-lasting blooms and sturdy stems allow gardeners to enjoy their beauty indoors as well.
  • Dried Flower Arrangements: Beyond fresh cuttings, the flowers of the 'One in a Melon' Coneflower can be dried and used in long-lasting arrangements, adding a touch of natural elegance to home decor.
  • Mass Plantings: For a dramatic effect, mass plantings of this coneflower can create a sea of vibrant orange, drawing the eye and becoming a focal point in the landscape. This approach is especially effective in larger garden spaces or public gardens.
  • Wildlife Gardens: Attracting bees, butterflies, and birds, this coneflower is a valuable addition to wildlife gardens. Its ability to attract pollinators supports biodiversity, while the seed heads, if left intact through winter, provide food for birds.
  • Xeriscaping: Given its drought tolerance once established, the 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is an ideal candidate for xeriscaping projects, which aim to create visually appealing landscapes with minimal water requirements. It can be paired with other drought-tolerant plants to create a sustainable, low-maintenance garden.

Incorporating the Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower into a landscape or garden setting not only enhances the visual appeal with its unique color and form but also supports local wildlife and biodiversity, making it a multifunctional choice for gardeners and landscapers alike.

Planting & Care

The Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is a striking perennial that, with proper planting and care, can bring vibrant color and life to your garden for years to come. Here’s how to ensure it thrives in your landscape:

Planting Instructions:

  • Timing: Plant in spring or early fall to allow the plant time to establish before the extremes of summer heat or winter cold.
  • Location: Choose a spot that receives part sun to full sun (4 to 6+ hours of sunlight daily). Full sun exposure is ideal for the most vigorous growth and flowering.
  • Soil Preparation: This coneflower is adaptable to a wide range of soil types but prefers well-drained soil. Amend heavy clay or sandy soils with compost to improve fertility and texture.
  • Planting Depth and Spacing: Dig a hole as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Place the plant in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill with soil, gently firming it down. Space plants 18 to 20 inches apart to allow for mature spread.

Care Instructions:

  • Watering: Water regularly to keep the soil moist, especially during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, the 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is drought-tolerant but may benefit from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.
  • Mulching: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the plant to retain soil moisture, regulate soil temperature, and reduce weed competition.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a general-purpose fertilizer in early spring and again in mid-summer to support healthy growth and blooming. Avoid over-fertilizing, as this can promote foliage at the expense of flowers.
  • Pruning: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms. However, leaving some spent flowers on the plant in fall provides food for birds and adds winter interest to the garden. In early spring, before new growth begins, cut back the plant to about 4-6 inches to promote vigorous new growth.
  • Pest and Disease Management: The 'One in a Melon' Coneflower is relatively disease and pest-resistant. However, monitor for common garden pests and fungal diseases, treating them as necessary with appropriate organic or chemical controls.

Additional Tips:

  • Winter Care: In colder zones, a layer of mulch applied after the ground freezes can help protect the roots from winter cold.
  • Companion Planting: Pair with other drought-tolerant perennials and grasses for a diverse, resilient garden. Good companions include sedums, Russian sage, and ornamental grasses.
  • Supporting Wildlife: This coneflower attracts bees, butterflies, and birds, enhancing the ecological value of your garden. Consider planting in groups to create a more substantial visual impact and provide ample resources for pollinators.

By following these planting and care guidelines, the Color Coded® 'One in a Melon' Coneflower will become a cherished part of your garden, offering striking beauty, attracting wildlife, and demonstrating resilience through changing conditions.

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Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Watering Needs: Average; drought tolerant once established.
  • Botanical Pronunciation: eh-kih-NAY-shuh HY-brid
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Herbaceous
  • Growth rate: Medium
  • Average landscape size: Grows 24-26" tall, with a spread of 18-20".
  • Special features: Attracts bees and butterflies, Deer resistant, Suitable for containers, Can be used as cut or dried flowers, Winter interest, Native to North America
  • Foliage color: Green
  • Foliage shade: Dark green
  • Blooms: Mid to late summer
  • Flower color: Orange
  • Flower shade: Melon
  • Flower attributes: Fragrant, Large melon-colored flowers with horizontal, overlapping petals
  • Garden style: Cottage, Eclectic, Wildlife
  • Design Ideas: Ideal for creating vibrant borders, mass plantings for a bold color statement, or as a standout container specimen. It adds color and texture to wildlife gardens, attracting beneficial pollinators. Works well in mixed perennial beds or as a focal point in sunny garden spots. Pair with other sun-loving perennials or grasses for a varied, eye-catching display.
  • Companion Plants: Pair with other drought-tolerant perennials such as Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Lavender, Russian Sage, and ornamental grasses for contrasting textures and colors.

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