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Coneflowers (aka Echinacea) are a great addition to any home garden. Their blooms attract many pollinators to your garden, this makes coneflowers a great addition to a garden that uses companion planting. If you were thinking about adding coneflowers to your garden you might be wondering what to plant with coneflowers. In this article, we go over what are good companion plants for coneflowers and what not to plant with coneflowers.
There is plenty of info out there on what flowers you can use as companion plants for coneflowers, but what about vegetables? Coneflowers can actually be planted with many vegetables in a home garden. There really isn’t much you can’t plant with coneflowers. But there are some vegetable crops that benefit the best when coneflowers are used as a companion plant.
When planting coneflowers in your garden you want to be mindful of where you place them. Coneflowers need full sunlight so they are able to bloom the best. Also, be sure to keep in mind that they can grow 2 to 4 feet high. You don’t want to end up blocking sunlight to shorter plants that need full sun.
Good Companion Plants for Coneflowers
- Bee Balm
- Black-Eyed Susan
- Brussels Sprouts
What Not To Plant With Coneflowers
There really isn’t much that doesn’t grow well with coneflowers in the garden.
My experience has been to keep invasive herbs like mint, oregano, and catnip away from the soil where my coneflowers are planted (usually I always try to keep these invasive herbs contained in a pot) so I can be sure that my garden area for coneflowers won’t get taken over.
I also make sure not to plant my coneflowers behind taller vegetable plants such as corn or tall tomato plants. These could easily block the sunlight to the coneflowers, and they prefer full sunlight.
Different Color Coneflowers You Can Get For Your Garden
The most common coneflower you will find is the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). It used to be that purple and white were the choices of colors, but that has changed.
If you don’t want purple coneflower there are other colors of coneflowers available like the one pictured above.
When picking out the type of coneflower you want, be aware that when growing coneflower from seed it might be a couple of years until you see blooms. So if you want the vivid flowers in your garden the year you plant them, it is best to purchase a plant that has already been grown and transplant that into your garden.
- Green Jewel Coneflower
- Magnus Purple Coneflower
- PowWow Wild Berry Coneflower
- PowWow White Coneflower
- Sombrero Adobe Orange Coneflower
- Sombrero Lemon Yellow Coneflower
- Sombrero Sangrita Coneflower