Coreopsis are easy to grow perennials which have been a summer favourite for gardeners for many years due to their unfussy nature and bright colourful flowers borne over a long period.
There are many good well established varieties such as the compact ‘Early Sunrise’ the slightly taller ‘Sunray’ and the verticilliatas with their masses of flowers on wiry stems with elegant slender foliage. More recently there has been some exciting new introductions including a new range called the Li’l Bang series which grow to only 20 – 30cm tall, flower profusely and have good disease resistance.
C. Li’l Bang Daybreak forms a neat mound of finely cut green leaves with large single bright red flowers which have a striking yellow edge and centre, as with the others in this series the flowers are sterile so don’t set seed making deadheading less important to keep the show going. Other good varieties in the series are C. Li’l Bang Starstruck which has the same deeply cut foliage but with large lavender flowers which have variable white tips and yellow centres and Enchanted Eve which has burgundy centres to its flowers with yellow edges.
Coreopsis grow well in in a sunny site in most good to well-drained soils and also make good container subjects, they are also attractive to bees and butterflies and resistant to deer.
Coreopsis Li’l Bang Daybreak