SUM­MER FAVOURITES

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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

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