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Beaming with Summer Flowers


Coreopsis, also known as Tickseed, is a native flowering plant that is right at home in Hampton Roads. Coreopsis Moonbeam is a daintier variety than traditional coreopsis. We love its whispy foliage topped with creamy, daisy-like flowers. Easy to grow and even easier to love, this perennial will give you blooms June through August with repeat flowers up until fall’s first frost. This plant is lovely in flowerbeds, raised beds and in summer containers. It is especially beautiful paired with other summer blooming perennials such as daylilies, coneflowers, salvia and guara.

Moonbeam performs best in full sun but will tolerate some shade. Once established it is drought tolerant and even better, this plant is seaside and salt tolerant making it an ideal additional seaside landscapes. It also is deer resistant.

McDonald Tip: Coreopsis will spread slowly, but like lots of perennials, we suggest dividing it about every two to three years to keep it growing year after year. To divide, we suggest digging up the clump and using a spade or sharp shovel to make divisions about the size of your fist and then re-planting each piece in the garden.