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Everyone Loves a Sunflower
As one of the most iconic flowers in the world, sunflowers are to the garden what a glass of ice cold lemonade is to a picnic. Sunflowers are instantly recognizable, but look closer: a range of colors, heights, and flower forms make this plant as versatile as it is easy to grow.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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Early Black Heart Sunflower
Waiting is the hardest part, when it comes to sunflower growing. 'Early Black Heart,' a 2017 release, shortens the wait with its quick maturity time of 55 days. The bright gold petals with black faces stand out in the vase, and its pollen-free blooms mean no mess on the table. Plants are a manageable five to six feet in height.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Golden Bear Sunflower
Looking more like a zinnia on steroids than your typical sunflower, ten-foot tall 'Golden Bear' plants produce one large bloom with thousands of petals, and several smaller flowers on branching stems. Schedule your vacation before the end of summer so you don't miss this late-maturing beauty.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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Helios Flame Sunflower
'Helios Flame' is a designer's delight, both in the early fall garden and the vase. The russet and gold bi-colored blooms deliver the brightest autumn hues on a single pollen-free plant. The four to six foot height is impressive, but not so tall that you can't add them to the back of your front yard flower bed.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Every garden should have a space dedicated to children, and the dwarf form of 'Elf' sunflowers gives kids what they want. Plant a few of the 14-inch 'Elf' sunflowers in containers on your sunny patio or deck. Flower picking was never so fun.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Italian White Sunflower
'Italian White' sunflowers give you large flowers on branching five-foot tall plants, yielding some of the most pollinator-pleasing blooms you'll ever grow. The creamy petals look divine in arrangements coupled with red sunflower varieties.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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Moulin Rouge Sunflower
As new red sunflower varieties come to market, 'Moulin Rouge' remains a gardener's favorite. The deep red petals don't fade in strong sunlight, and the branching habit and pollen-free flowers are harvest-friendly.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Ring of Fire Sunflower
Looking more like an oversized gazania than a sunflower, the attractive bicolor pattern of 'Ring of Fire' stands out in the garden. As an All-America Selection winner, 'Ring of FIre' demonstrates the kind of disease resistance, vigor, and novel appearance that gardeners want in their landscapes.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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Strawberry Blonde Sunflower
'Strawberry Blonde' gives gardeners an unusual hue for sunflowers, not quite pink and not quite red. A halo of cream replaces the typical yellow color on these five-foot tall flowers. Space the plants at least 12 inches apart in the garden to allow for branching and increased blooming.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Choco Sun Sunflower
The container garden can benefit from the joie de vivre of sunflowers, and 12-inch 'Choco Sun' delivers. The fast maturing plants are ready to bloom after only eleven weeks.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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Starburst Aura Sunflower
A fantastic form for someone who has experimented with all the different sunflower colors and still craves something unique, 'Starburst Aura' features shaggy petals and fully double blooms.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Velvet Queen Sunflower
The rich, burnt orange blossoms of 'Velvet Queen' are highly desirable in fall flower arrangements. With a moderate mature height of four feet, the flowers can fit in to your borders without appearing gangly.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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Evening Sun Sunflower
If you aren't sure which sunflower cultivar to choose, try the varied blooms of 'Evening Sun,' which may yield flowers of crimson, gold, and blends. The seven-foot tall plants are very attractive to goldfinches in late summer.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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'Sunbright' sunflowers do particularly well in Northern gardens, where shorter summer days and cool temperatures can cause many sunflower varieties to fail. As a single-stemmed variety, 'Sunbright' looks best when planted as a backdrop behind a shorter row of sun-loving flowers like daisies, or coreopsis.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Sunrich Lime Sunflower
The gold and green discs of 'Sunrich Lime' set it apart from the many brown-centered sunflowers on the market. As an F1 hybrid, 'Sunrich' has consistent features that gardeners can count on with every season, including six-inch blooms, a five-foot mature height, and a quick maturity of 60 days.