I have been fascinated by coneflowers (echincea) every since I first saw them in the Blue Ridge Mountains. First, I tried to grow them. Not such good luck. My thumb is only green when I paint.
It's not that they are difficult to grow, but they must be deadheaded. Since I am only in North Carolina for a few weeks at a time, I usually would fine brown flowers. Before they could bloom again, I would be gone.