The ‘Butterfly Kisses’ Echinacea from master hybridizer Arie Blom is one you’ll definitely want to have this year. Selected by the breeder for its compactness and sturdy habit, we agree that this is easily one of the nicest of the double pom-pom type Echinaceas introduced thus far.
Nicely proportional plants with large flowers held like an umbrella just atop the attractive deep green foliage. The compact, very well-branched, broadly mounding plants have very strong flower stems, an improvement over older pink doubles.
Fragrant, bright pink, pom-pom flowers with lighter ray petals measure 3” across--large flowers for such a compact plant. This floriferous perennial will look terrific in containers at retail and in the landscape.
Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. Be sure to leave some spent blooms on the plants in the fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.