When it comes to growing sunflowers, you might be surprised at how many stunning varieties are available.
From tall to small, big to large, and everything in between, the noble sunflower plant comes in a multitude of sizes, shapes and colors. Whether you want to make a statement with massive sunflowers along a fence row, or dot your landscape with tiny bits of color here and there, there is a sunflower for you.
And beyond their stunning beauty, growing sunflowers in your backyard can have some added benefits.
Sunflower’s gorgeous big blooms and bountiful seed crop are a big attraction for honey bees and bumble bees. Attracting these pollinating wizards can be a great help in creating blooms and fruit all over your landscape. In addition, growing sunflowers attracts a whole slew of beneficial birds as well.
If that wasn’t enough, there is of course, the healthy and bountiful seed crop growing sunflowers provides to you and the surrounding wildlife.
The best part of all, growing sunflowers is easy! This simple to plant seed crop requires little maintenance, and can grow in almost any soil condition. Here is a look at few great varieties, both big and small, to plant in your landscape this year.
Growing Sunflowers – Great Varieties For Any Landscape
Want to grow big? Here are two great varieties that can make a big statement in your landscape.
Mammoth Grey Stripe Sunflower – The Mammoth Grey Stripe as its name implies, is a massive sunflower. In fact, it is known as the giant of all sunflowers. Stalks of the Mammoth Grey can reach up to 12′ high, and the flower heads are huge! If you are looking for a sunflower variety to harvest large amounts of seed – this is the plant.
They are perfect on a fence row, up against a barn or building, or even out in the open. The stalks are fast growing and very strong. See Link : Mammoth Grey Open-Pollinated Seeds
Skyscraper Sunflower – Another of the giants, the Skyscraper can reach heights up to 10 to 12 feet. The flowering seed heads can be up to 14″ across, making these a great choice for seed lovers as well! Seed Link ; Skyscraper Sunflower Seeds
Velvet Queen Sunflower – Looking for something a bit unique – try the Velvet Queen! The petals of this beauty are a deep, reddish-orange color that can make for quite the conversation piece. Stalks grow to about 5 feet on average, making it the perfect middle-of-the-road sunflower. See Link : Velvet Queen Sunflower Seeds
Growing Sunflowers on the Smaller Side
Not all sunflowers have to be huge, there are also some great mid to small-sized varieties that are excellent choices for potted plants or smaller flowerbeds.
Firecracker Sunflower – The Firecracker is a great selection for small spaces, including pots and planters. Blooms are a fiery mix of an inner red circle with a burst of yellow on the outer petals. The flowering heads truly do look like a firecracker at the peak of explosion.
Plants grow to just 2 to 3 feet in height, making them perfect as a border plant, or small accent in flowerbeds. They also do extremely well as single plants in pots. Seed Link : Firecracker Sunflower Seeds
Junior Sunflower Plants – A true miniature when it comes to growing sunflowers. This variety makes for the ultimate potted sunflower plant! Growing only about a foot high, the Junior sunflower has a dark inner circle and bright yellow outer petals. It stays compact in a pot, and can make a great hedgerow or bed edging plant as well. Seed Link : Junior Sunflower
How about adding a little sunflower magic to your yard, garden, patio or landscape this year! If you are looking to add perennial color to your landscape, be sure to check out our perennial category here : Perennial Plants
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