Early in the morning, as the sun is going down, seen from above, or gazed upon from below, the purple coneflower is a gardeners delight.
They are drought tolerant, don't have to be deadheaded, are spread easily by the birds (but don't get overly invasive), and provide color in the hottest part of the summer.
Dottie I am going to remember to bring you some seed heads in October. YOU definitely need some of these to add to your garden.
Last year I bought a "supreme flamingo" echinacea that I moved at the end of the season to a new location. It is still struggling a bit. This year I bought a "salsa red" and an orange/red color that I can't remember the name of for the life of me.
The verdict is not in yet on any of these varieties. I don't think they will re-seed and spread like the tried and true purple coneflower. I have also noticed that the rabbits seem to like them better than the ordinary coneflower. Grrrr. I don't like to be mad at the rabbits. But sometimes I can't help it.