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. 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
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
    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)
  2. Sizzle & Spice™Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis, Coreopsis verticillata close up, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Sizzle & Spice™Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis (Tickseed) adds hot color to the garden all summer long with vibrant orange blooms accented in golden hues. A thread-leaf coreopsis, Crazy Ca...

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    Sizzle & Spice™Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis Sizzle & Spice™Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sizzle & Spice™Crazy Cayenne Coreopsis (Tickseed) adds hot color to the garden all summer long with vibrant orange blooms accented in golden hues. A thread-leaf coreopsis, Crazy Cayenne boasts feathery foliage that adds texture to the garden. The bright blooms attract bees and butterflies and make lovely cut flowers. Easy to grow in full sun and any well-drained soil. (Coreopsis verticillata)
  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 ...

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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
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
    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. Desert Coral Coreopsis, Coreopsis hybrid

    Desert Coral Coreopsis (Tickseed) produces sprays of gorgeous two-tones blooms month after month from early summer through autumn. Warm sunny blooms have a darker coral-red center, f...

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    Desert Coral Coreopsis Desert Coral Tickseed Coreopsis Desert Coral
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Desert Coral Coreopsis (Tickseed) produces sprays of gorgeous two-tones blooms month after month from early summer through autumn. Warm sunny blooms have a darker coral-red center, fading to peach along the tips. Blooms invite butterflies and bees to the garden. Cut flowers last up to two weeks in the vase. Cold hardy, low maintenance, and reliable. (Coreopsis hybrid)
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