Sunf lower

Birds & Blooms - - Garden With A Purpose -

Helianthus an­nuus, an­nual

Few blooms are as iconic as bright yel­low sun­flow­ers. The tall crowd pleasers are easy to grow and take well to most soil types and cli­mates, as long as they’re planted in a sunny spot. Although yel­low is their clas­sic hue, mod­ern cul­ti­vars come in a range of col­ors, in­clud­ing bur­gundy and orange.

At­tracts:

Light needs: Full sun. Size: Stan­dard va­ri­eties grow up to 10 feet tall.

Grown for: Seeds sup­port lo­cal bird pop­u­la­tions, like finches. Fo­liage: Green on tall stalks. Cul­ti­vars to try: Teddy Bear is a dwarf va­ri­ety that grows 30 to 36 inches tall; Amer­i­can Gi­ant boasts 10-inch yel­low blooms on 16-foot stalks.

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