This has been the best year for Echinacea that I can remember in a very long time. No lack of rain in this area and even the mites were not bad this year. The Japanese Beetles did their usual job on the Hibiscus and Canna but have never bothered the Echies. We are also supposed to get hot next week but if it keeps raining the way it has been it should not be a problem. I think I only had to water the garden once this whole Summer.