Why? Because I foolishly deadheaded spent blooms with my hands instead of using a pair of scissors.
We used to fill a pail with dozens (or hundreds?) of spent coreopsis blooms every weekend. It was a team effort with everyone deadheading a different row or section.
Those were the days when we kept planting and propagating, and somehow forgot to stop.
And we ended up with three long rows of brilliant yellow flowers.
Now, we’ve toned down a lot. We just have small clumps of coreopsis which are much easier to maintain. Best thing is, missing a week of deadheading doesn’t spell trouble. Nor is it such a dreadful chore.
But when it’s not all sunshine, trouble strikes.
Prolonged dampness causes the much dreaded fungal attack can decimate entire clumps of plants.
If you can give this perennial beauty good drainage and air circulation plus lots of sunshine and warmth, then you’ll be well rewarded.
Just don’t go overboard like we did before – unless you’re prepared to deadhead on a very regular basis.
Care and propagation: Full sun; well-drained soil; water moderately. Propagate using seeds or by division.