Lush-looking meadow plants that form clumps of finely cut, shiny dark green leaves topped by 2- to 3-ft.-tall stems bearing yellow to orange flowers typically shaped like globes or rounded cups. Excellent cut flowers.
T. chinensis. CHINESE GLOBEFLOWER. From China, Siberia. To 3 ft. tall, 112 ft. wide. Light orange-yellow, 2-in. flowers with open bowl shape; summer bloom. 'Golden Queen' has semidouble, golden yellow blooms with a deep orange center.
T. x cultorum. Group of hybrids between T. europaeus and two Asian species. Plants grow to 23 ft. tall and resemble T. europaeus in most details. Bloom comes at some time from spring into summer, depending on hybrid. Choices include primrose yellow 'Alabaster', creamy yellow 'Cheddar', and golden orange 'Orange Princess'. Compact growers (12 ft.) include pale orange-yellow 'Earliest of All', lemon-yellow 'Lemon Queen', and creamy yellow 'New Moon'.
T. europaeus. COMMON GLOBEFLOWER. From Europe, the Caucasus, and North America. To 1122 ft. tall, 112 ft. wide. Globular, lemon-yellow or orange flowers, 12 in. across, in spring. Somewhat more tolerant of dry soil than other species.
Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom period. Cannot take drought or extreme heat; constantly damp area near a pond or stream is an ideal planting site. If you are growing globeflowers in a regular garden bed, liberally amend soil with organic matter and keep well watered. Divide clumps only when they thin out in center.