After seeing the raves re the coneflower "Hot Summer" over in the coneflower forum I am now trying to track down this plant in my neck of the woods (GTorontoA) w/o success. I have been to many nurseries the past week but no sign of it. As you know the coneflower selection is dwindling at garden centres at this time in the summer. I was hoping to get it in the ground now so it would be up and running come next spring. By chance might you know of an nursery in the GTA with a historically good selection of echinacea?
Rouge21 you are very lucky to have a 5b as I am in a 3 zone. My cone flowers took a big hit this year with two of my big ones not making the winter. I did have one of the Purpura (sp?) and one called ??? I have to go and look at the tag but its more orangy than pink. I love all the colors that are now available and will purchase a couple at the sales in a few weeks to see if I can fill in the gaps . It seems to me that you have plenty of time to establish those babies.