Our catalogue for the 2017 season is here - we will be adding to it over the winter. Some plants are available for autumn delivery.

Helianthus

 

Common Name: Perennial Sunflower.

As featured in Garden News - click here for Martin's expert tips.

These are the perennial relatives of the well-loved, towering sunflowers of our childhoods. They make great  long flowering, trouble free subjects for the back of a sunny border. They will also grow well in dappled shade.

Most are great in dry soils.

 

Great for bees.

Most spread slowly - some do run a lot (e.g. laetiflorus). Cut down the stems in early winter. Lift and divide every 2 or 3 years otherwise the plants can be very difficult to break up. Some are said to be less hardy than others. In very cold winters the new buds at the soil surface can be damaged, but in my experience the plants recover well but may be a little later to flower.

Some species have chocolate scented flowers. This is only really noticeable if you get your nose right into the bloom.

Some species have chocolate scented flowers. This is only really noticeable if you get your nose right into the bloom.

A member of the Asteraceae family.

Helianthus Happy Days

Happy Days for this peacock butterfly - the centres of the flower are full of nectar!

Flowers much like Capenoch Star but with larger centres. The main attraction is that the plants are quite short - 3ft - 3ft 6in tall - and remain compact.

In bloom from late July - this photo taken on 20th July in our garden.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot) Available to order for spring delivery

 

See a bold planting combination featuring Happy Days in our garden diary for July 2012.

Helianthus Lemon Queen

 

Masses of pale yellow rayed flowers each 2-3in across. The upright plants are 4-5ft tall and self supporting. In flower from August to October. Spreads to form a 2ft wide clump in two years.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot) Available to order for spring delivery

Read more about Lemon Queen in our garden diary for September 2011.

In the pale sunlight of early October Helianthus Lemon Queen glows gently crowned by a faint halo of spider's web.

Helianthus Loddon Gold

Helianthus Lodden Gold

Double golden yellow flowers from July onwards.  About 3 - 4ft tall depending on soil and position. Flowers well in sun or part sun.

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Probably raised by Thomas Carlisle in the 1930's

Price 5.00 (9cm pot) Available to order for spring delivery

Helianthus salicifolius

 

The "Willow Leafed Sunflower" is an architectural plant looking good in leaf before the flowers appear very late in October. Brought to prominence by Christopher Lloyd at Great Dixter. About 6ft tall by the end of the season. For sun or very light shade.

Price 5.00 (9cm pot) Available to order for spring delivery

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