|Coreopsis flowers and peppermint|
It is better to hydrate coreopsis once a week with a deep root watering than to water during the week. If you live in a climate that has mild summers then no need to water. You can watch your plant and water as needed. My summers are brutal with temperatures well into the 100's F. I will water my coreopsis twice a week in the morning with soaker hose. Plants receive 1/2 inch of water twice a week.
View gardens of coreopsis here:
- Leave seed heads on the plants at the end of summer so songbirds have food.
- Cut back plants to the soil surface after a hard frost and then apply two to three inches of organic mulch; straw, wood chips or pine needle mulch.
- Groundhogs and leafhoppers will eat the flowers, leaves and stems. You can repel the groundhogs by putting up a fence or by enclosing your garden with chicken wire fencing. Use natural insecticide Pyrethin which is formulated with chrysanthemums to get rid of leafhoppers, "brown grasshopper".
- Coreopsis will multiple the following spring. Divide to prevent overcrowding.
- This bright yellow flower that will bloom from early summer to fall.
- Butterflies are attracted to the coreopsis flower and will forage from the nectar.
- Coreopsis seedheads provide forage for songbirds in the fall.