Native to the Mediterranean, they are well-prepared to grow in a sunny spot with well-drained soil. This makes them suited for gravel gardens as well as wildlife gardens because the flowers are attractive to pollinators such as bees.
Sow echinops seeds in spring, from March to April. This can be done in the spot where you intend them to grow, or in small pots to plant out after in May to June. Then, they will flower in July to August. Although the flowers are the stars of the show, the spiny foliage provides interest from spring before the blooms appear in summer.