12 gorgeous Coreopsis varieties

The West's go-to summer flower stuns in vivid tropical pinks, pumpkin orange, and gold

Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Classic Coreopsis

Coreopsis grandiflora (left), won't quit, despite heat or lack of water. Just plant and enjoy. And now there's a Coreopsis to go with every color scheme, from pumpkin orange and vivid pink, some with chartreuse foliage.

Oregon grower Terra Nova Nurseries has 23 different Coreopsis varieties in production. Click ahead for our favorites.

Coreopsis: Rum Punch

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Coreopsis 'Rum Punch'

A compact (12 in. by 18 in.) mound covered with watermelon-pink flowers.

Annual — can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with a soft yellow such as Coreopsis 'Moonlight', Agastache 'Summer Glow' , or 'Lemonade' Lantana. Or try with a solid lime-green Coleus.

Coreopsis 'Mango Punch'

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Coreopsis 'Mango Punch'

A compact mound (12 in. x 18 in.) blanketed with mango-orange flowers tinged with red. 

Annual — can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with lavender or blue flowers such as Salvia 'May Night' or 'East Friesland' or a small Agastache such as 'Summer Sky' or licorice mint (A. rupestris).

Coreopsis 'Cranberry Ice'

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Coreopsis 'Cranberry Ice'

This variety of Coreopsis blooms dark pink with a delicate fringe of white.

Perennial — it overwinters in climates without hard frosts (0 to -10 degrees).

Hot pink Coreopsis looks good with sweet alyssum and Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost', or chartreuse 'Margarita' sweet potato vine.

Coreopsis: Pineapple Pie

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Coreopsis: Pineapple Pie

Low-growing (5 in. x 20 in.) mound covered with golden flowers with showy dark-red eyes.

Annua can overwinter in mild climates.  In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with wine-leafed, yellow-flowered Oxalis 'Zinfandel' or a small dark-leafed Coleus such as 'Cherry Cordial'.

If you have room, add a taller brighter Coleus such as 'Pineapple Splash', which has yellow leaves and crimson veins, or 'Splish Splash’, which has burgundy leaves and yellow blotches.

Coreopsis: Little Penny

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Coreopsis 'Little Penny'

A low (8 in. by 16 in.) mounding plant covered with tons of small, copper-colored flowers.

Annual — can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with a  pale yellow-flowered Coreopsis such as 'Moonlight' or 'Moonbeam' and a brown carex such as 'Toffee Twist.'

Coreopsis: Pumpkin Pie

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Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie'

A ground-hugging variety (5 in. by 20 in.) with flowers the color of golden pumpkins.

Annual — can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with red-orange Echinacea such as 'Tomato Soup' or 'Hot Lava' to add to the heat.  Or cool down with blue asters or true geraniums.

Coreopsis: Garnet

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Coreopsis 'Garnet'

Low-growing mound (10 in. by 20 in.) with garnet-colored flowers.

Perennial. Overwinters in climates without hard frost (0 to -10 degrees).

'Garnet' would be a great front row plant in an all pink border. Picture it backed by pink coneflowers (Echinacea), Sedum 'Autumn Joy', and Agastache 'Raspberry Summer', for instance.

But this dark cherry pink shade would work in just about any color scheme.

Coreopsis: Citrine

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Coreopsis 'Citrine'

A very low ground cover (5 in. by 20 in.) blanketed in bright clear yellow flowers.

Perennial — overwinters in climates without hard frost (0 to -10 degrees).

Use 'Citrine' as an edger in any border with a warm color scheme. Or, if growing as an annual, make it the first row in an all-coreopsis scheme, backed by 'Rum Punch' and 'Autumn Blush'.

 

Coreopsis 'Strawberry Punch'

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Coreopsis 'Strawberry Punch'

A compact mound (9 in. x 14 in.) covered with dark rosy-pink flowers.

Annual — can overwinter in mild climates.  In cold climates, replant in spring.

To make the most of that bright pink, pair with clear white flowers.  Classic white sweet alyssum, 'Diamond Frost' Euphorbia, and white Verbena, for instance.  Or a dwarf white coneflower (Echinacea) such as 'Little Angel.'

Coreopsis 'Pink Lemonade'

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Coreopsis 'Pink Lemonade'

A compact mound (8 in. x 14 in.) of chartreuse foliage and hot pink flowers.

Annual—can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

For a strong contrast, pair with a dark blue Lobelia such as 'Crystal Palace.' For a softer look, combine with a trailing soft pink, such as 'Rosie O'Day' sweet alyssum.

Coreopsis 'Tropical Lemonade'

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Coreopsis 'Tropical Lemonade'

A compact mound (8 in. x 14 in.) of bright gold foliage topped with red-orange flowers.

Annual—can overwinter in mild climates. In cold climates, replant in spring.

Pair with lavender-blue ground morning glory (Convolvulus) or a small blue salvia such as 'May Knight.' Another option: A dark-hued, non-patterned Coleus such as 'Dark Star.'

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