When you think of Echinacea, chances are that you will come up with the typical purple coneflower that is attractive to pollinators as well as herbalists and wildflower lovers everywhere.

But wait. What's this? Are you looking for more variety? Flowers in all colors of the rainbow?

If you're a sun hat fan, you've come to the right place.

Although pink-purple may be the standard, Echinacea flowers are actually available in a remarkable variety of shades, from white, yellow, and light peach to bright orange, pink, and red. You can even find a green variety if that's your thing is.

No matter whether you love a bright splash of strong and strongly saturated colors or muted pastel colors are more to your taste, here you will find exactly what you are looking for.

To make it easier to find the perfect varieties to plant in your garden, I've put together 17 of my favorite Echinacea purpurea varieties in almost every available shade.

These also determine the size in relation to the height at maturity, the type of flower (both single and double flowering varieties) and the selection that is suitable for growing containers and planting in the soil.

Go out Your garden journal and start dreaming. Let's take a look at some of the best types of Echinacea that can be planted in the garden.

1. Bravado

In "Bravado" there are single, four to five inch flowers that are reminiscent of daisies, in a rosy shade of pink with orange-colored cone-shaped centers.

Are you brave and intimidating, as their name suggests? I'm not sure. Fortunately, pollinators aren't scared either – useful insects Anyone who visits your garden will love it!

"Bravado"

Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 3-8, plants are shrubby and bushy, with a mature height of 36-48 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches.

Are seeds available at True Leaf Market.

2. Butterfly kisses

Are you a fan of butterfly kisses, those gentle caresses of a lover's eyelashes on your cheek?

I know, me too.

The closeness required to achieve these goals makes them so intimate – even the long-lashed ones among us (including myself) could pause a second before sneaking in to give our sweetheart one of those special, delicate hickies.

If no human-to-human butterfly kisses are available, these flowers may be the next best. And they will surely lure a flock of real butterflies into the garden.

This variety from the CONE-FECTIONS ™ series has a compact growth with a mature height of 16 to 18 inches and a spread of 14 to 16 inches. If you are a gardener with a small space, these fit well and are suitable for growing in containers.

A close-up of & # 39; Butterfly Kisses & # 39; Sun hat growing in the summer garden.

& # 39; Butterfly Kisses & # 39;

With fragrant double centers of short petals surrounded by light pink rays, these fragrant flowers are about three inches in diameter.

This strain was bred by Arie Blom, a renowned hybridizer in the Netherlands, and is suitable for zones 4-8. Expect flowers from summer to autumn.

Plants are available at Burpee.

3. Biplane

There is nothing wrong with red, but I wish these double-decker buses that I drove on many visits to London (almost always hurried up to get a seat with a view) had a paint job like these babies.

Rose-colored flowers fill your garden all summer and into early autumn if you choose the “Doubledecker” variety.

But that's not all – unlike the other flowers featured here, this type has an exceptionally unique two-tier appearance with reflected and deeply curved petals that point down at the bottom of each flower, dark brown cones in the middle, and shorter petals that tip towards the sky.

A close-up of the delicate, unusual flowers of the & # 39; Doubledecker & # 39; sun hat, shown in bright sunshine on a soft focus background.

& # 39; biplane & # 39;

This strain works best for zones 3 through 9, and you can expect mature heights of 24 to 36 inches with a spread of 24 to 30 inches.

Don't be alarmed if your plants only produce single flowers in the first year – this is not uncommon. With a little patience, you should be rewarded with double-decker flowers in the second year and beyond.

Are bare roots available from Eden Brothers.

4. Double bucket

What is your favorite type of ice cream? Or do you want more sorbet or sorbet? Water ice maybe?

Whether you're looking for a double scoop of chewing gum, raspberry, orange berry, or tangerine, this strain won't disappoint.

Available in bright shades of pink, dark pink and orange, you can make your choice or combine an explosion of colors with Coneflowers from the Double Scoop ™ series.

A close-up of bright pink & # 39; Double Scoop Bubblegum & # 39; sun hat growing in the garden, pictured in bright sunshine.

Double Scoop ™ "chewing gum"

It's best to expect a mature height of 20 to 26 inches and a spread of 16 to 22 inches in Zones 4 to 9, with slight variations depending on the color you choose.

Flowers bloom longer from late spring to early autumn and shouldn't need to be staked out.

A close-up of the bright red-orange flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Double Scoop Orangeberry & # 39; growing in the garden and pictured in bright sunshine.

Double Scoop ™ "Orangeberry"

And unlike your favorite frozen products, these flowers are heat resistant.

The double-blooming beauties have central cushions made of short petals surrounded by exposed rays.

"Bubble Gum" is deep pink in the middle with pastel pink rays, "Raspberry" has an intense rose tone, "Orangeberry" is bright orange-red and "Mandarin" has deep orange flowers.

Plants are available from Burpee in pink, raspberry, Orange red, or deep orange.

5. Green jewel

It is not a jade or peridot, but another type of jewel of the floral variety. This green beauty has a pale pastel tone that is unusual among flowers.

Light green individual petals surround dark green centers, and the fragrant flowers are a striking addition to cut flower arrangements.

Best suited for zones 3-9, "Green Jewel" blooms in summer due to the first frost with a ripe height of 24 to 36 inches and a spread of 12 to 24 inches.

A close-up of the unusual green flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Green Jewel & # 39; growing in the garden, with pink flowers in soft focus in the background.

"Green Jewel"

And if you are a lover of green flowers and are looking for even more options to add to your garden, In this article you will find more of our favorite types.

Bare roots ready for planting are available in packs of two, four or 10 pieces by Eden Brothers Nursery.

6. Hot papaya

Papaya lovers will be happy to see the bright color of these flowers. This hot orange option from the Arie Blom-bred CONE-FECTIONS ™ series is perfect for summer.

In fact, it was the first double orange option on the market.

A close-up of a bright red double petal flower of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Hot Papaya & # 39; growing in the garden on a soft focus background.

"Hot papaya"

Best grown in zones 4-9, plants reach a mature height of 30-36 inches with a spread of 24-30 inches.

Plants are available at Burpee.

7. Magnus

With pink-purple curved petals and orange centers, this guy has the classic badminton shape (badminton, anyone?) And jumbo dimensions. "Magnus" is an award-winning variety with extra large 6-inch flowers.

I remember a nature documentary I saw recently, in which the largest and most aggressive grizzly bear was called Magnus – I imagine he would collect a bouquet of it for his buddy before asking her to eat a meal with him. caught salmon.

A close-up of the delicate pink flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Magnus & # 39; pictured on a green soft focus background. At the bottom right of the frame there is a white circular logo and text.

"Magnus"

With a mature height of 36 inches and a width of 15 to 18 inches, this type is a stunning addition to the back of edges or a nice focus in arrangements. Magnus grows best in zones 3-10.

Are seeds available at True Leaf Market.

8. Jam

Hey Joe – do you wanna try?

No matter whether you fancy toast with sweet and spicy canned citrus, like to remember your favorite cat in orange tones or dream of Lady Marmalade in sweet reveries of a much racy variety – jam will not disappoint and serves as a fitting homage.

It can be anything, for all gardeners.

A close-up of a swath of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; jam & # 39; flowers growing in the garden with foliage in soft focus in the background.

"Jam"

This variety features semi-double, large and bright red-orange flowers with yellow-orange petals and brown, tufted centers and is sure to play a prominent role in your garden.

Best suited for growth in zones 5-9. Expect a height of 24-30 inches with the same spread.

Plants are available at Burpee.

9. Marry me

If you dream of a flower bed filled with white flowers in a wedding dress that are attractive to pollinators, choose "marry me".

This type is great for enjoying outdoors or for cutting and adding to arrangements. It has a mature height of 18 to 24 inches and a spread of 12 to 18 inches.

A close-up of white flowers with yellow centers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Marry Me & # 39; growing in the garden on a soft focus background.

& # 39; Marry me & # 39;

The flowers reach a diameter of approximately 3 1/2 inches with yellow central cones. Can you imagine a country style wedding bouquet filled with this? Perfection!

"Marry Me" grows best in gardens in zones 3-8.

Seeds in packs of 50 or four packs of live plants ready for planting available at Burpee.

10. Pink Double Delight

Pretty in Pink? Absolutely!

With a branched growth and sturdy stems, this compact variety reaches a height of 24 to 28 inches with a spread of 18 to 24 inches.

A close-up of the double-leafed Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Pink Double Delight & # 39; in bright pink, shown on a soft focus background.

"Pink Double Delight"

These pink colored double flowers are suitable for zones 5-9 and have large pompoms with light pink and orange centers. Wonderful!

Plants are available at Burpee.

11. Pink shimmer

Another pink variety, and it's literally shining. In fact, "Pink Shimmer" is described so often and she is not afraid of it.

This stunning variety is held in pink and borders on rose, with large three to five inch single flowers that have a full, rounded shape and yellow-orange centers.

A close-up of the bright pink Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Pink Shimmer & # 39;, depicted on a soft focus background.

"Pink shimmer"

The tall plants reach a height of 36 inches with a spread of 16 inches and are therefore ideal for the back of edges. Plant in zones 5-9 for best results.

Are bare roots available at Burpee.

12. Playful meadow mom

Ready for a romp in the meadow? No, I'm not talking about it Naked garden day (once). Check out this beauty:

A close-up of the pink flower with delicate white tips of the & # 39; playful meadow mom & # 39; depicted on a soft focus background.

"Playful meadow mom"

"Playful Meadow Mama" is probably one of the most unique strains I've ever seen. It has pink petals that taper to a point at the ends and are tipped white. The multi-layered petals surround reddish centers.

These grow well in zones 5 through 9 with a mature height of 20 to 24 inches and a spread of 18 to 24 inches. Expect flowers all summer long.

Plants are in 4 inch pots available at Burpee.

13.Prima donna deep rose

This beautiful variety has large, full flowers with two petals and central cones with a hint of gold.

With a lump habit, 30 to 36 inches high and 18 to 24 inches spread, "Primadonna Deep Rose" has sturdy stems that don't need to be staked out. For best results, plant them in zones 4-9.

A close-up of the pink flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Primadonna Deep Rose & # 39; growing in the garden, shown in bright sunshine.

"Primadonna Deep Rose"

With only the best qualities of a classic prima donna, she'll sing safely in the garden beds without having to worry about her.

Plants are available at Burpee.

14. Solar flare

Another unique highlight in the garden, this "solar flare", will not make your electronics work (you don't have to reset these GPS satellites), but it is sure to get attention.

Large, fragrant magenta flowers with dark central cones grow on almost black stems and form a wonderful contrast to the green-leaved plants in your garden.

A close-up of the delicate flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Solar Flare & # 39; growing in the garden on a soft focus background.

& # 39; Solar Flare & # 39;

Best in zones 4-8, this type has a mature height of 24-36 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches.

Plants are available at Burpee.

15. Sombrero

Imagine a summer party, where delicious food is spread out on the patio table, guests are dressed in bright colors, and their dance shoes are tied and strapped on to celebrate.

What could be a better setting for this party than a stretch of brightly colored sun hat dancing in the wind?

A close-up of an Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Sombrero Baja Burgundy & # 39; flower, shown on a soft focus background.

Sombrero® "Baja Burgundy"

The Sombrero® series is just the thing. This sun hat is available in strong burgundy, red, orange red, pumpkin orange, coral pink and yellow tones and has large individual flowers and central cones made of brown, copper or bronze.

A close-up of the yellow flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Sombrero Lemon Yellow & # 39; growing in the summer garden.

Sombrero® "lemon yellow"

These long-stemmed flowers have branched growth and strong stems and are also ideal for arrangements.

Expect a mature height of 18-26 inches and a spread of 18-24 inches. This type is best suited for zones 4-9.

Plants in "Baja Burgundy, ’’Salsa red, ’’Flamenco orange, ’’Adobe Orange, ’’Hot coral, & # 39; and & # 39;Lemon yellowAre available from Burpee.

16. Warm summer

Can't you just pick one? Enjoy beautiful sun hats with this mixture of "warm summer" all summer long and into autumn.

Cream, yellow, orange, scarlet, pink and violet flowers fill your garden with a kaleidoscope of joy – and the pollinators will not be able to resist.

A close-up of the bright orange, pink and red flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; Warm Summer & # 39; growing in the garden on a soft focus background.

& # 39; Warm Summer & # 39;

Plants reach a height of 26-30 inches with a spread of 16-18 inches, and this strain is best suited for zones 4-9.

There are seeds and plants available at Burpee.

17. White swan

Who doesn't like the sight of a pair of swans with their elegant long necks that pause so as not to startle them as you look at their ballet-like movements as they glide across a pond?

What's this? Don't have your own water feature filled with swans? Unfortunately not me either.

At the moment we have to settle for this beautiful strain of E. purpurea alba instead.

A close-up of the delicate white flowers of Echinacea purpurea & # 39; White Swan & # 39; growing in the garden, with a butterfly to the left of the frame, on a soft focus background.

& # 39; White Swan & # 39;

With large white flowers that can reach up to 4 inches in diameter and a maximum height of 30 inches, "White Swan" is suitable for zones 4-8.

Would you like to fill an entire sunny meadow with it? Eden Brothers Nursery even offers 1 pound sacks – that's about 362,874 coneflower seeds in case you are wondering.

Seeds come in a variety of pack sizes available from Eden Brothers.

Fill your garden with colorful sun hats

Now that you know how many fantastic Echinacea strains there are (and there are more where they come from!), Can you stop at just one?

A close-up of the light pink sun hat growing in the garden, shown on a soft focus background.

Regardless of whether you want to grow pots on the terrace in a small space or want to plant sun-drenched hectares with flowering perennials to your heart's content, the coneflower is a reliable flower that the useful insects will love.

What is your favorite type Let us know in the comments below!

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