Perk up an August garden with sunflowers (mostly annuals) in a staggering variety of white, yellow, red, mahogany, and bronze hues. Some grow 10 feet high.
When to Plant
Sow seeds in spring
Miscanthus, salvias, asters
Days to Maturity
Sunflowers: A Field Guide
Nothing says summer like sunflowers. To perk up an August garden, there is a staggering variety—single-stemmed, branching, dwarfs, giants, and even a few perennials—in white, yellow, red, mahogany, and bronze.
For the gardener, Helianthus annuus brings mixed blessings. Nothing looks as ratty as a brittle, withered stand of sunflowers. They look so miserable that it requires a superhuman amount of self-control not to yank them out of the ground. But oh, how glorious they are in their prime. With more than five dozen species, many of these fast-growing annuals are capable of growing to statuesque heights of 10 feet or more.