These two high-performing varieties like moist, well-drained soil in full sun, or you can grow them in pots. They’re available from www.mr-fothergills.co.uk, tel: 0333 777 3936. Tithonia ‘Fiesta Del Sol’, the world’s first dwarf Mexican sunflower, is 30cm (1ft) tall and covered in small, orange blooms from July to autumn from a spring sowing. Price: £2.35/30 seeds. Heliopsis ‘Burning Hearts’ is a first-year flowering perennial with dark, purple-black foliage and bi-coloured yellow and burnt orange blooms, produced from July to October from an early sowing. H: 1.2m (4ft), S: 45cm (1½ft). Price: £3.05/15 seeds.
Tithonia ’Fiesta Del Sol’
Heliopsis ‘Burning Hearts’