Coreopsis: A Garden Staple from Coast to Coast

by Amanda

Coreopsis, also known as Tickseed, is a perennial superstar in gardens from Maine to California. Native to the Great Plains, Coreopsis is drought-tolerant and resilient, making it the perfect choice in almost any garden. This deer-resistant perennial’s bright, gorgeous blooms ignite the garden in the summer through the fall.

Although originally a native Wildflower to the Great Plains, botanists have been working hard to hybridize Coreopsis into a rainbow of colors and sizes, making it an even more versatile perennial than it was before. The selections today range from the tough, heavy-flowered Grandifloras to the newer, more delicate versions – All in spectacular colors and dependably perennial in almost any American garden.

If you have a smaller garden and want to experience this easy-to-grow, colorful perennial, try planting the yellow Coreopsis Sunrise, red Coreopsis Mercury Rising, or bi-colored pink/dark pink Coreopsis Heaven’s Gate. All three varieties grow to be less than 1.5 feet tall and are the perfect burst of color in your smaller summer garden.

Varieties that grow to be about two feet are the gorgeous Coreopsis Star Cluster and Sweet Dreams, both boasting pure white blooms offset by deeply-colored centers. Coreopsis Early Sunrise, Moonbeam and Full Moon all bloom a cheerful yellow, but have distinctly different blooms. Coreopsis Route 66 is a unique favorite, blooming bright yellow and maroon.

Whether you are a gardening in New Mexico or New Hampshire, Coreopsis is sure to be the staple of your perennial garden, delighting the summer garden with bright, cheerful blooms year after year.

  1. Crème Caramel Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel, photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau

    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in su...

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    Creme Caramel Coreopsis Crème Caramel Tickseed Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel
    $10.65 Sale $9.05
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in summer, topping deep green threadleaf foliage. Color deepens with cooler temperatures. This attractive native cultivar will invite pollinators and seed-eating birds such as chickadees and finches to your garden. (Coreopsis verticillata)
  2. Berry Chiffon Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata Berry Chiffon

    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoy...

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    Berry Chiffon Coreopsis Berry Chiffon Tickseed PP#27414 Coreopsis verticillata Berry Chiffon PP#27414
    $11.99 Sale $10.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoyment of this prolific bloomer. No deadheading needed to help Berry Chiffon produce flowers from early summer to early fall. (Coreopsis)
  3. Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Tickseed PP#27918, Coreopsis Li'l Bang™  Red Elf PP#27918, photo courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Li'l Bang Red Elf PPAF is one of the smallest, compact Coreopsis reaching heights of 9-12”. Although its shorter, it has larger blooms than most and it produces a unique red flower...

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    Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Tickseed PP#27918 Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Red Elf PP#27918
    $11.32 Sale $9.62
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Li'l Bang Red Elf PPAF is one of the smallest, compact Coreopsis reaching heights of 9-12”. Although its shorter, it has larger blooms than most and it produces a unique red flower with white tips. Plant as a border and enjoy blooms from summer to early fall. (Tickseed)
  4. American Dream Coreopsis

    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is t...

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    American Dream Coreopsis American Dream Tickseed Coreopsis rosea American Dream
    $9.32 Sale $8.39
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is topped with bountiful daisy-like flowers in midsummer. 'American Dream' is a low-growing cultivar that spreads well in the garden, particularly in average soils with low fertility. An excellent North American native to attract butterflies to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Coreopsis rosea)
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