Coreopsis lanceolata (Lanceleaf Coreopsis/Tickseed)
And who doesn't love a Coreopsis? Coreopsis lanceolata, or Lanceleaf Tickseed, is native to most of the United States. It is easily grown in full sun and well-drained soil. In fact, it thrives in poor or rocky soil and is tolerant of heat, humidity, drought, and deer. This showy native wildflower grows from one to two and a half feet tall and is ideal for naturalizing, as it forms colonies. It reliably self-seeds, so if you are not one for self-seeding plants, be vigilant of the seed heads. Its solitary golden ray flowers, each notched on the edges, with prominent central disk, are ideal for cutting. Just be sure to cut the stems all the way down when you deadhead or cut for flowers; nothing looks worse than those headless stems. Zones 4-9. Quarts.