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Sunflower Helianthus annuus

Growing Sunflower: Tips at a Glance

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.

  • Type Herbaceous flower
  • Lifespan Annual
  • USDA Zones 3-10
  • Light Full sun
  • Water Well-drained soil
  • When to Plant Sow seeds in spring
  • Design Tip Statement flower
  • Companions Miscanthus, salvias, asters
  • Days to Maturity 100

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.

Planting, Care & Design of Sunflowers

Planting, Care & Design of Sunflowers

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