When your yard puts you to sleep faster than C-SPAN, our garden editors’ top picks are a shot of espresso.
With apologies to Eric Clapton, 'After Midnight' lets it all hang down. It's a dazzling new hybrid coneflower developed by Saul Nurseries in Atlanta. Slightly curled, deep magenta petals encircle fragrant, blackish-red cones atop 18-inch-tall plants.
PRESCRIPTION FOR SUCCESS: Full sun and well-drained soil. Remove spent flowers. Don't plant this gaudy perennial under your bedroom window, or the glow will keep you up all night.