Paul’s Plant of the Week

Coreopsis ‘Zegrab’

We planted our first Coreopsis sometime in the summer of 2016.  At the time is was to serve two purposes – fill a space and add a splash of brightness.

It was fairly small at the time, so we planted it at the front of the border in amongst some Salvia’s, Verbena and an Astrantia plus some other randoms we threw in to the border at the time.

In it’s first year it didn’t really do a great deal.  It had plenty of flowers but was a small plant and not particuarly bushy.  However, the colour was a welcome relieg in amongst the purples, mauves and deep reds.

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It stood about 60cm or so tall and I would say it had a spread of about 40 cm going on.  It was fairly neat and compact.

What I loved about it the most were it’s fine, feathery foliage, reminded slightly of a dill plant, not as fine and delicate but similar in look.

The flowers lasted forever with constant dead-heading, it was in full colour all the way through the summer and well in to the end of September/early October.

The slugs and snails that were devouring their way through several other plants in the bed, the Ligularia, the Echinacea and Rudbeckia all being savaged, they seemed to be leaving this Coreopsis alone.

After the flowering season it stayed green for a while before the winter took it down to pretty much nothing.

I left it in it’s place and awaited the spring of 2017 when it started to come back to life.  You can divide Coreopsis at the root to create more plants in the spring, however it didn’t look particularly big still so I decided to leave it alone and see what happens.

Now, I wish I’d divided at back in the Spring when I had the chance.  It has doubled in size and now has a spread of atleast 80-90cm and looks more like a small bush.  Height wise I’d say it’s still around the 60cm mark at it’s tallest.  And like last year, it seems to have been left untouched by the slugs and snails.

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I adore this plant.  It has filled out beautifully and adds the splash of colour to the border that compliments so many other plants in the bed.  It’s soft leaves are also a welcome break from some of the larger, darker leaves that are around it – it adds colour and texture and has a delicate boldness that you can’t help but love.

I will definitely split this plant next year and start another one off in another part of the flower bed.  This is a plant the bees do seem to love.

 

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