There's a hundred and one great reasons to fill the garden with Coneflowers. They're gorgeous, easy to grow, come in bright, beautiful colors...
If you believe everything you read, they're an easy cure for the common cold.
If you're a die hard romantic they're perfect for that he loves me, loves me not game.
Wanna know my favorite reason? They're my rain gauge. I stick them into every garden bed I have. Less waterwise than other xeric plants, when their big pink flowers begin to droop I see that it's high time everybody needs a drink.
Fear not. Coneflowers bounce back after a good drenching. The orange variety seems to be the happiest in dry conditions.