Sunday, September 19, 2021

What’s Coming Up In The Garden, 64: summer sunshine coreopsis

 I put several of these in the lighter shade area of my driveway shade garden this fall, and several more in the much sunnier bluebird box bed, which is on a slight slope that gets a lot of water when it rains.

This gives you an idea of the versatility of this native plant. It will also add some yellow to these predominantly blue/purple beds and also late-blooming forage for pollinators.

Here’s more info on this very cheerful plant, straight from my source, Growing Wild Nursery. :)

  • Summer Sunshine Coreopsis flowering in September
  • Summer Sunshine Coreopsis showing its attractive and sturdy habit
  • Summer Sunshine Coreopsis in a 4 x 5 in. (32 fl. oz.) nursery container in mid-May
  • Summer Sunshine Coreopsis in a 4 x 5 in. (32 fl. oz.) nursery container during the month of September
  • Summer Sunshine Coreopsis in a 4 x 5 in. (32 fl. oz.) nursery container from October through April

Summer Sunshine Coreopsis

Coreopsis palustris 'Summer Sunshine'

Regular price$12

Container size:
4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep / 32 fl. oz.

Summer Sunshine Coreopsis was the top performer in the Mt. Cuba Center Coreopsis trial. With its disease-resistant foliage and show-stopping floral display, it’s the perfect plant to brighten up the fall garden.

  • Tough and long-lived perennial
  • Compact habit
  • Late-season flowers feed bees and butterflies


  • 30 inches tall and 36 to 48 inches wide
  • Spreads slowly to cover ground and suppress weeds
  • Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 6, 7, 8, and 9

Flowering period

In central North Carolina, flowering starts in mid-September and continues for about six weeks.

How to grow

Sun to partial shade. Very adaptable, preferring moist soil, though will tolerate all but the driest of soil.

Care and maintenance

Easy to look after and care for. Keep watered while it gets established and cut back old flowering stems in late winter.

Where to plant

Flower beds, rain gardens, pond edges, or any site where flooding can occur.

When to plant

Spring through early summer is the best time for northern gardens, while it can be planted in the South anytime the ground is not frozen.


Two to three feet apart when planting in a group.

When will my plant flower?

Plants purchased in spring and summer will flower in the fall.

Native habitat and range

Edges of swamp forests where they can be flooded for extended periods. Coreopsis palustris is native from southeast North Carolina to northeast Florida and is considered rare throughout its range.

Source and origin

Plants are grown from cuttings here at the nursery. The original plant was grown by the late North Carolina Botanical Garden curator Rob Gardner from seed collected in southeastern NC.


Grey Horse Matters said...

Another pretty happy looking plant. I’m sure your place is looking like an arboretum.

billie said...

Well, maybe an arboretum with a staff of one, LOL. :) I can’t keep up with it all but mostly the plants are happy and the insects and wildlife are too, and that’s my main goal.