HE­LE­NIUM ‘LIT­TLE OR­ANGE’

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Dig In | Plantsman’s Favourites -

He­le­ni­ums al­ways brighten late sum­mer. Their firm­ness, health and warm red-brown to yel­low colour makes them highly ap­peal­ing. Many grow up to 1.5m, but this warm-or­ange cul­ti­var se­lected by the Dutch breeder Henk Jacobs in 2007 is very short. Henk found the seedling grow­ing among grasses and calls it a ‘gift from the gar­den’. We have to agree. It has all the char­ac­ter­is­tics you would want from a he­le­nium and the fact it is so low-grow­ing makes it even more at­trac­tive. Oc­ca­sion­ally, yel­low flow­ers pop up, adding an ex­tra el­e­ment of fun.

Height 70cm. Ori­gin Gar­den ori­gin (species North Amer­ica). Con­di­tions Moist but well-drained soil; full sun. Har­di­ness RHS H6. Sea­son of in­ter­est Sum­mer to au­tumn.

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