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. Yellow Coreopsis Early Sunrise

    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)...

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    Early Sunrise Coreopsis Early Sunrise Tickseed Coreopsis grandiflora Early Sunrise
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    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)
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  2. Coreopsis Berry Chiffon PPAF, Tickseed

    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
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    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)
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  3. Coreopsis Enchanted Eve PPAF, Tickseed Enchanted Eve PPAF

    Dwarf Coreopsis Enchanted Eve is ten years in the making to become disease and deer resistant that will be a proven delight in your garden. Beautiful burgundy petals with yellow edg...

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    Enchanted Eve Coreopsis Enchanted Eve Tickseed (Patent Pending) Coreopsis Enchanted Eve (Patent Pending)
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    Dwarf Coreopsis Enchanted Eve is ten years in the making to become disease and deer resistant that will be a proven delight in your garden. Beautiful burgundy petals with yellow edges bloom from early summer until early fall with no deadheading needed! Enchanted Eve's dwarf size makes it ideal for containers, boarders and small spaces in gardens. (Coreopsis)
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  4. 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
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    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)
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