Common Name: Perennial Sunflower.

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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 atrorubens

The species from which Miss Melish and Monarch were selected. Reddish stems and rolled petals. A runner that's great for dry, poor soil where it is strong enough to make a show. Put it in rich, moist soil and be prepared for a large clump.

Price 5.00 (1lt pot) Plant Fairs only

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.

SOLD OUT. Available again in 2019.

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 (1lt pot) Plant fairs only.

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


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.


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