Mixing Wild Berry & White PowWow Coneflowers in a planting group?

wannaknow1(7)May 11, 2014

I bought 2 Pow Wow Wild Berry and 3 Pow Wow White coneflowers yesterday at the Rutgers Gardens sale. Has anyone ever tried to plant these close together in an arrangement that caused them to mingle, at least on the edges? I would have planted them in a row or grouping (whites together, Wild Berry together), but one of the gardeners there said she would try them in a kind of circle, mixed so they looked more 'natural.' I am not sure if doing something like that would detract from the beauty of the wild berry alone, and I am finding it hard to imagine how they would look in a circle.

This picture is the closest I could find online to the idea of whites surrounding the berry (see first photo, about 2/3 of the way down the page, under Echinacea Purpurea). I am not sure if I love it. What do you think? Does anyone have any thoughts or photos (or alternatives)?

Here is a link that might be useful: White Coneflowers around PowWow Wild Berry

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CEFreeman(DC/MD Burbs 7B)

IMHO, white just amplifies the color next to it.
In Holland (Michigan and the Netherlands) where they plant acres of blue tulips, they mix in white. Stunning eye candy.

Don't be surprised if these beauties revert in a couple of years back to pink. Every single one of these hybrids I got, did. I hate pink.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 9:42AM
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wannaknow1(7)

Hi CEFreeman, I read your posts on the Kitchen Forum, I hadn't realized I could find you here also! Thanks for your response. The pictures I have found of white being a contrast color (such as in a field or bouquet) to blue or red or pink (or whatever) show a mixture of individual flowers. The white breaks up the visual, causing the color to pop, and not be all the same color. You are right, it is stunning.

But these echinacea are not single bulbs, but a grouping of white and another grouping of the wildberry color. It is very hard to find any photos online where they are grouped together, and when they are (such as this photo), they still look like a row (although a few whites seem to have gotten in the back of the berry in the photo). I am finding it hard to imagine a 'circle' where they would mingle, because the spread of each is 12 - 18 inches, making a grouping of one color. If you planted them closer together, I think it would just look crowded, not mixed anywhere except at the overlap point. I think that would look sloppy and careless, not pretty and wild, plus it wouldn't be as good for the plant to not let it reach its potential width.

I hope I am explaining it so that it makes sense. Thanks again for your input, and any thoughts in helping me to imagine how they may look when filled in. Maybe I can do a white grouping, a berry, a white, a berry, and a white. Even though they would be in a row, and look a little like an alternating checkerboard, it is the closest I can imagine to a pattern with one color offsetting the other.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2014 at 12:45AM
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