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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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

I would do what I call a star pattern: 2 in the front row, 1 in the middle, and 2 in the back row. Put the white one in the middle row, and the second white one in either the first or third row. Space the plants about a foot apart.

Keep in mind in the first year you're probably not going to get that full, lush "mingling" look, but be patient - that will happen.

White tends to make most other colors look brighter. I have a mixed planting of "White Swan" and "Magnus" coneflower, and I really enjoy it. :0)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 3:45PM
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terrene(5b MA)

I think white and pink coneflowers look pretty together. The mix of Powwow berry and white together would probably give you a more uniform look to the plants. You could try a zig-zag pattern, 3 whites in back and 2 pinks in between in front.

I have Powwow berry, but not white. I've got other whites - 'Primadonna', White Swan and Baby swan and assorted pinks, Prairie splendor, Powwow, Bravado, and a seedling I've selected, and they are sort of randomly mixed. Most were started from seed.

Here's white swan with some random E. purpurea taken a few years ago-

    Bookmark   May 12, 2014 at 7:26PM
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